Seth Tisue

Reno, Nevada, USA

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I like programming languages [since 1980], hacking on compilers and interpreters [since 1992], and building educational technology [1995–2015].

I like Scala [since 2008]. I am part of the Scala compiler team at Lightbend [since 2015].

My Twitter feed is mainly about programming. All my code is on GitHub.


I’m active on Instagram [since 2011] and Flickr [since 2005].


Here’s a log of my recent listening (& reading, viewing).


  • 2019: Moved to Reno, Nevada.
  • 2016: Moved to San Francisco.
  • 2014–2016: Co-host of the Scalawags podcast.
  • 2011–2016: Co-organizer of the Boston Scala Meetup and the Northeast Scala Symposium.
  • 2014–2015: Computer Scientist at McGraw-Hill Education, applying functional programming to educational technology.
  • 2006: Moved to Boston.
  • 2001–2014: Lead developer of NetLogo, a open-source DIY programming language for kids, teachers, and scientists.
  • 2000–2009: Photographer of live music performances.
  • 1994–2009: Discographer and chronicler of Jandek.
  • 1994–2006: Discographer of Jim O’Rourke and Ken Vandermark.
  • 1995–2002: Maintainer of Chicago Now, a concert calendar for experimental and improvised music in Chicago.
  • 1995–2001: Graduate student and visiting lecturer at Northwestern’s computer science dept.
  • 1992–1999: College radio DJ (WNUR, WHPK, WKDI). Here are some old playlists.
  • 1989–1993: Computer science & math student at University of Chicago.
  • 1989: Moved to Chicago.
  • 1988–1992: Zine publisher, including Plaster Cramp Press, a xerox press that published experimental art and writing.
  • 1986–1988: Sysop of Electric Cafe BBS.
  • 1976: Moved to Wheaton, Illinois.
  • 1971: Born in Beloit, Wisconsin.