Meet David Hoffner. David is a Visual Communications Specialist for our Campus Stores. “My job is to push pixels and stretch vectors,” he tells us.
We like David because he makes funny faces, wears interesting socks, and is never without a great comeback when you’re giving him a hard time. Here he shares the advice his mother tried to give him, his favorite filmmakers, and the person from the past he would most like to see visit 2015.
Where did you go to school? OU all the way! Advertising major way back when we were stuck in Copeland Hall.
What is the best thing about your hometown? Moore, OK: It takes a licking and keeps on ticking. or My mother always told me if you have nothing nice to say… I’m not sure how that ends because I would always say something rude before she could finish.
Tell us about your favorite book, TV show, or movie. Recently I’ve really enjoyed Walter Isaacson’s biography of Ben Franklin–he was a fascinating person. I read that back to back with Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs. The comparisons between the two men were striking. The Disappearing Spoon was another recent read about the history of each element on the periodic table. It was WAY over my head but still very interesting. I watch more TV than any married father should be allowed to watch. My favorites include GoT (of course) and Homeland. Arrested Development, The Wire, Breaking Bad, and Twin Peaks for repeat watches. It’s hard to pin down a favorite movie (I was a Film & Video Studies minor) but my top 5 would definitely include A Woman is a Woman by Jean-Luc Godard. The rest would probably be films by Stanley Kubrick and the Coen Brothers.
Do you have a favorite blog? Uh… OU IT News Blog? I hear there’s a great post about one of their stellar employees this week. (YES.)
What type of music do you like to listen to? I listen to pretty much everything except modern country (that stuff makes my head hurt) but mostly Indie Rock (is that still a “genre?”). Quasi is my most favoritest band (one of my first dates with my future wife was flying to Portland to see them play). The Cure and Pavement/Stephen Malkmus are way up on my list too. But I always stick some Miles Davis, Led Zeppelin, Willie Nelson, and the like for good measure.
If you had a day off with no responsibilities how would you spend it? I would be surfing, laying on the beach, and eating as much good food as I could.
What is your favorite place to visit? So far it’s been Hawaii. That place is A-MAZING! I can’t wait to go back.
At happy hour I order: I like a good Moscow Mule. The spicier the Ginger Beer the better.
What is your favorite app? For productivity, I love Evernote. For games, I’m addicted to Atomas and 1010!
What was your first computer? Commodore 64. We had a tape cassette drive for it, and I would always try to play the tapes in my boombox just to see what my BASIC code sounded like. If you’re under 30 you probably have no idea what I’m talking about.
How much time do you spend on your phone? I’m just going to lie and say not enough!
What is your favorite social media site? Instagram is by far my favorite. I don’t have to be subjected to ridiculous rants, just pretty pictures.
Where would you go in a time machine? Sometimes I daydream about going back in time and grabbing someone, like Ben Franklin, and bringing him to the present just to see how they react to technology and society. To paraphrase Arthur C. Clarke, I think they would see most of our daily lives as being magical. I guess Bill & Ted kinda did this already in their Excellent Adventure so it must be totally possible.
Dogs or cats? Dogs, hands down. Little dogs don’t count.
What would we find in your fridge? Lots of baby foods, a bottle of Madeira, and Pepe’s leftovers.
What did you care most about at age 10? Nintendo. And my comic strip called The Bunny Hops about rabbits who were British spies/rock stars.
Thanks so much David!