About Doug

Personal

Hey y’all, I’m Doug. I’m in my early 30s. I’m an INTP and a 9 on the Enneagram. And I live in northeast Ohio with my wife and family of pets. My personal philosophy of life (which I have tattooed on my right forearm) is this: stay curious.

I read a lot. Philosophy, Religion, Science, History, Fiction. You name it. I’m interested in it. In 2015, I finished a reading project in which I read 1,000 books in 1,000 days. Since then, I’ve read a book every week or two. Most recently, I’ve really been into theology, memoirs, and books about social issues. I’m also just now starting to get into graphic novels. Some of my favorite all-time books include: The Myth of Sisyphus, The Principles of Christian Theology (Macquarrie), The Stranger (Camus), Native Son, The Righteous Mind, Brave New World, Man’s Search for Meaning, A God That Could Be Real, The Invisible Gorilla, Thinking Fast and Slow, Difficult Conversations, Room, Homegoing, Rescuing Jesus, Sin Bravely, The Remains of the Day, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Idea of the Holy, Faith Seeking Understanding, The Disabled God, The Help, and We Are Water.

I write a little. I wrote a book about curiosity at the beginning of 2014, and I’ve been trying to live out its principles ever since. At the end of 2015, I published a novella as part of National Novel Writing Month. Since 2010, I’ve written over 500 articles online and continue to write occasionally here on my personal blog, Relentless Curiosity. You can see my 50 most recent posts in the sidebar on the right.

Philosophically, I identify strongly with existentialist thought. Religiously, I come from the Christian tradition and continue to work through this tradition in my evolving understanding of the Holy. As of 2016, I’ve been a proud member of and participant in the work of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). I hold most of my beliefs loosely, though, and consider myself a humanist above all.

I’m an ally for the underdogs. I care deeply about the struggles of marginalized groups such as people of color, women, LGBT+ people, and people with disabilities. I am on an ongoing quest to listen to, learn from, and lobby for the rights of people in these communities. I am always on the side of the oppressed.

I’m obsessed with coffee. I’ve been doing intermittent fasting (16/8 method) since September 2015. While I’m not on any strict diet, I try to eat both healthily (high protein and fiber, low refined carbs and sugars) and sustainably (very little meat). I do have a weakness, though, for tacos, chocolate, and milkshakes. But hey, nobody’s perfect!

I’m a huge college basketball fan. I root for the University of Kentucky Wildcats (because it’s my alma mater), but I really just love the game in general.

I listen to a lot of NPR. I’m also really into podcasts. My subscriptions right now include: 1A, A Tiny Revolution with Kevin Garcia, All the Books!, Burn It All Down, CBS Sports Eye on College Basketball, CxMh, Econtalk, Exvangelical, Ezer Uncaged, Hidden Brain, Holy Heretics, Honest Faith, Humanize Me, Mindshift, NPR Politics Podcast, Nomad Podcast, On Being with Krista Tippett, Personality Hacker, Queerology, Religious Studies News, Secular Sexuality, Stuff You Missed in History, Super Serious Social Justice, The #AskSteveAustin Podcast, The Bible for Normal People, The Deconstructionists, The Ish, The Life After, The Liturgists Podcast, The Robcast, The Way with Anoa, Truth’s Table, Twisted Sisterds, To Feminists Annotate the Bible, Voices of Deconversion, and Women Beyond Belief.

I’m obsessed with superhero movies. I also like movies in general that have good stories and good characters. I watch a lot of Netflix. Some of my favorite shows (mostly from Netflix) include: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Stranger Things, Masters of None, The Blacklist, Leverage, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The IT Crowd, The Good Place, Arrested Development, The Office, Parks and Recreation, Psych, The Big Bang Theory, The Handmaid’s Tale, That 70s Show, Regular Show, Hawaii Five-O, Numbers, Scrubs, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and Last Week Tonight with Jon Oliver.

I am into a wide variety of music. Really, I can get into anything but bluegrass and jazz. A lot of my favorite artists are in the Christian rock genre, a persistent lingering force from my days in Evangelical youth groups, but I’m trying to broaden that circle. Some of my favorites include: Jennifer Knapp, Diana Chittester, Twenty One Pilots, Angel Haze, Joey Bada$$, Sammus, Chevelle, Linkin Park, Anberlin, Demon Hunter, Wolves at the Gate, Jars of Clay, Switchfoot, Mat Kearney, John Reuben, Lifehouse, Project 86, RED, Thousand Foot Krtuch, Skillet, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Progapanda, Logic, and Aimee Mann.

Work

From 2010-2013, I worked in Internet marketing space: email marketing, social media, seo, content development, etc.

From 2013-2016, I worked as a sales analyst for a company that makes home organization products.

Starting in 2017, I’ve worked as a data analyst for an economic consulting firm in downtown Cleveland. I aggregate, clean, organize, analyze, and test labor market data that is fed into a software platform offered to Chambers of Commerce and large institutions seeking out actionable information on employment trends across industries.

I am extremely passionate about data science, and I have been using every resource at my disposal (Coursera, Udemy, Datacamp, Edx, Big Data University, etc.) to learn the field since 2015. Thus far, I have become proficient in Microsoft Excel (including VBA), Tableau, SQL, and R Programming–and somewhat of a novice in Python and MongoDB.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Business Economics. The University of Kentucky. 2009.

Master of Business Administration. Youngstown State University. 2013.

Contact

I’m on Twitter @douglaserice, and you can look me up on Facebook too if you want to get in touch for any reason.

Updated: October 29, 2017

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