Hi! I'm Schuyler, I'm a...

Security Anthropologist

I'm endlessly fascinated by how changes in security technology have effected culture and vice versa. I'm trying to tackle three big projects this year:

  • I'm re-examining the origin of the lock (refuting the Egyptian theory).
  • Documenting the lost lock collection of the Yale & Towne company.
  • Creating a guide for media professionals to more accurately portray locks and lockpicking in film, TV, books & video games.

You can read all about them on the research projects.

To fund this work I give talks, host workshops and consult as a technical advisor. If you want to support my research and have me out to teach, talk or consult for your company, school, production or hacker space, drop me a line, I'd love to set something up!

Front End Developer

I have a strong background in design and marketing, but have been mainly focused on building websites for the past decade. My first project was to convert my employers website from a 640 x 480 flash site to fully valid HTML/CSS site. I learned a lot and felt oddly empowered. Since then, I've bounced back and force from freelancing to working full time for individual companies. I've been slowly crawling my way to the back end, initially via PHP, spending plenty of time in the wordpress mines, then Python, a very brief flirtation with Node.js (need to get back to it) and more recently Ruby on Rails.

As an exercise, and as an excuse to blend my two passions, I've been building and rebuilding a lock generator and automated lockpicker in Javascript, PHP, Python and Ruby. In the process, I realized the core concept could be converted to a dice game, and wrote up the rules. If you wind up playing it sometime, let me know!

You can also find me on twitter: @shoebox where I'm always happy to answer questions. Want to just drop a line to say hi? Hit me up!