Nick Chaves

Software Engineer at Google and owner at Vast Media

I'm a software engineer living and working in Seattle, Washington.

I make software for a living — sometimes that's code, other times it's design. I like things that actually work, so that's what I try to make. With this site I hope to share a few of my own thoughts, along with other cool, inspiring, or useful things I come across from around the web.

I've worked at some cool places — AtTask, Electronic Arts, and now Google. I also started Vast Media as a way to offer small businesses media services from someone who will take the time to understand their business but not break their budget.

When I'm off the clock, I might be rock climbing, taking pictures, playing basketball, or spending time with my wife and kids. Preferably some combination.

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Random Details

  • I take photos with a Nikon D90 and the excellent 18-105 VR lens that it is packaged with.
  • This site is hosted on Dreamhost.
  • I do all project coding in IntelliJ IDEA — Java, PHP, HTML, JavaScript — and I highly recommend it. For other stuff, I use TextMate.
  • I use a 13" MacBook Pro for almost everything, except Battlefield 3.
  • In high school, I wrote some programs for the TI-89
  • This site is hand-designed/-coded with care.

Contact me

You can reach me at email at
All opinions expressed on this site are my own. They do not represent the views or opinions of any other party.

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