Mike Field (a.k.a. "Hamster") hails from Christchurch, New Zealand. Since escaping from a former life as a software developer, he is now a UNIX system administrator by day and a self-taught FPGA hacker by night.
Since acquiring his first FPGA board in 2010, Hamster escaped from the pain of soldering irons to what he now considers to be "the bliss of FPGAs."
You might also catch Hamster fooling around with Arduinos, PICs, or a Raspberry Pi on Hackaday.com.
Strangely enough, he is often to be found pondering the philosophical implications of FPGAs while going for long runs. Sometimes his runs are very, very long...