‘Meet the Frogs ‘:

Paul Rysiavets


What is your position within AFL?

I am the Lead Backend Developer. Mostly dealing with PHP, MySQL and Amazon AWS related Development and Architecture tasks.

And… I’m responsible for some great aFrogleap traditions: ‘Hamburger-Wednesday’ (every other week) and ‘Hammer-Time’ (to open up the beers on Fridays). Since September 2012 I have been working at aFrogleap in Amsterdam. I was imported from Minsk to do the job — and I’m still doing it.

What do you like about working at AFL?

I like the reliable team of different people. I tend to think of us as a rather small, but genuinely smart team of tech(and not only)-related people. Company’s structure is flat with a small bump around Managing staff. *but I can still kick their arses if needed.

Would you want to change something to make working here even better?

I want more openness. More talking to each-other. Pro-Active communication, while hiding as little as possible. Proper communication is a base of a good marriage ☺ ….Happily-Ever-After.

Any quirky habits?

Greed and Kindness. But I don’t think this is that bad, just need to compensate the Balance. Also, I tend to want More Stuff than I actually need. But realization of that comes afterwards in a bit. I guess this falls under Greed ☺.

Morning or a night person?

I used to be a Night person, but now moved more towards a Morning one. I like to greet the Sunrise on a Balcony of mine. Also, Biological Clocks are now set to Sunrise :| Which is around the time my first Alarm goes off.

What is your motto or slogan in life?

I want to Help People. By doing what I like. And I like Computers now. They obey the system integrated in them. Stable, Simple, Healthy, Happy Systems ☺ as part of Human Evolution process.

Slogan is still: ‘We are Controlling Transmission’. As quoted from:
“There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to — The Outer Limits”. — Opening narration, The Control Voice, 1960s

What would you like to read in your fortune cookie?

‘You are Awesome! Keep doin’ it!’

Weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

Drop. ☺ hehe.. but i can recall eating a Fish Eye.

How do you like your coffee in the morning?

I don’t like coffee ☺ I like Tea, as the source of huge amounts of sugar for my brain ☺.

Your 3 favorite apps at the moment?

NextGen Reader, Viber, Mail App. All for Windows Phone ;)

What do you fear… ?

I fear Failing — I like Winning! I fear Disrespect, as that would be really weird at this point. I fear loosing Control over things happening — I want to believe that most of things can be “Fixed”(a really Dutch word, that describes everything not-Understood).

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