I’m an optimizer and a tinkerer. I love to build and find value where others aren’t looking. Whenever I cook, ski, or climb, I always give myself a new challenge that I might fail. I never follow recipes word for word. I’m not an artist or a musician, but I want to learn guitar some day.

I’ve never been much of a writer. I haven’t had the motivation. I started this blog as an incentive to write more. To share projects I’m working on. To articulate lessons I’ve learned. To present my perspective in a place of its own.

This Site

I bought scottshapiro.com in my freshman year of college, 2000. Internic lost their monopoly, and one could now buy a domain for a fraction of the cost. A seventeen year old, I took out my brand new credit card and made what felt like a big purchase. I haven’t used this domain for much beyond a Counter-Strike server and a photo album (all pre-2004). I had a blog on here in 2009, but it’s now in legacy WordPress purgatory.

Many other Scott Shapiros have inquired about this domain, but I’ve held on to it. If you’re one of them, join our Facebook group!

The Header Photo

This photo was taken on a ski mountaineering trip to Mt. Shasta (14,180 feet) in June 2016 with a Ricoh 360 camera. I was near the summit, around 13,500 feet. At this point, we bootpacked with skis in an A-frame setup. I wrote up a full trip report. I also captured some 360 video of the ski descent.