Meet the Desk of ACK Web Developer Jeremy Arntz

At one point in my life, I was told not to be Facebook friends with my coworkers. Supposedly, it invites all sorts of conflicting professional and personal interests to arise. Well, I didn’t listen to whoever told me that and my reward is gems like this post from ACK Web Developer, Jeremy Arntz, who decided last night to share an annotated photo of his desk. Why? I am not sure. But then again, why does anyone post anything to Facebook? Here was his post:

An annotated photo of my cube/desk at Austin Kayak:

Meet Jeremy's Desk.
Meet Jeremy’s Desk.

1. Magni Amp and Modi DAC from Shiit Audio
2. Late 2011 Macbook Pro on a mStand Laptop Stand from Rain Design
3. Apple keyboard and mouse
4. A cheap calculator (I use it every day)
5. Misc pens and a pair of scissors
6. Zeiss Pre-Moistened Lens Cloths Wipes (Good for glasses and screens)
7. Hand Sanitizer
8. Facial Tissues (It’s allergy season.)
9. A cheat sheet for ACK’s product image naming convention.
10. Post card for ACK’s Fall 2013 Demo Days
11. A foam core cut out of Wilderness Systems Kayaks Tarpon 140 that is the same color as my Tarpon 160.
12. My race number from the 2013 Colorado River Ramble (It was my first race and I came in second to last in my class, but I had a good time.)
13. A lighting kit from SuperNova Fishing Lights that I need to install on my kayak.
14. Misc junk: a tiny bottle of Rudy’s BBQ sauce, Nuun tabs, Display port to DVI converter, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, fingerless gloves, and a tape dispenser.

I can’t promise it will still look like this if you decided to come stop by the ACK office to get a up closer look…company owner Peter Messana commented on the post saying “I feel as if I should rearrange your cube this morning”.

Employee Spotlight: Jeremy Arntz

At ACK, we’re proud of our powerful website and keeping up to date with the latest technological trends and this month we wanted to focus on one of the guys in the midst of it all, Jeremy Arntz. His official title is Senior Web Applications Developer and a normal day for him is…well, pretty rare. He’s worked on some big projects like the launch of, the redesign of and plenty of stuff involving ACK’s iPad and mobile sites and can usually be found working to keep everything up to date and running smooth.

Jeremy joined ACK in September of 2011 because of his interest in spending time outdoors coupled with that of his development skills. He’s a man of many hobbies and paddling is his most recent passion, though he’s dabbled in astronomy, mountain biking and even some light robot building. He grew up in Michigan where he attended school at Lansing Community College and studied Theatre Tech. Eventually though, he found himself swept up in the dot-com boom and moved to Austin for his first programming job. These days, while he’s waiting for his brand new Tarpon 160 to arrive, Jeremy records the Die Robot Die podcast and updates his Paleo Paddler Facebook page.

When Jeremy is not purposefully giving you a creepy glare he’s one of the most friendly people at ACK that you’ll meet. He’s an enthusiastic guy about everything he does and great paddling partner to have out on the water. He plans on training and participating in the Colorado 100 (a popular canoe/kayak race here in Texas) later this year. Wish him luck!

His favorite aspect of the job? It’s the same reason he decided to join in the first place: working at a company where everyone is interested in the outdoors. At least he knows that here, he doesn’t come off as crazy when he tries to talk to everyone about kayaking! Well, most of the time anyway.

Joseph @ACK