Meet the Grafana Labs Team: Christine Wang!
As Grafana Labs continues to grow, we’d like you to get to know the team members who are working on the cool stuff you’re using. Check out the latest of our Friday team profiles.
Name: Christine Wang
Current location/time zone I’m based on the West Coast! I used to commute weekly between San Francisco and Los Angeles but I’ve recently contained my domestications to a single apartment 10 miles north of Downtown Los Angeles.
What do you do at Grafana Labs? I am a Solutions Engineer or, as my LinkedIn profile puts it, I bring the people element to technical integrations.
What open source projects do you contribute to? My first open source contribution was for the Dark Reader Chrome extension. I noticed a website didn’t translate well in dark mode so I added it to the list of websites to be excluded. I opened a pull request late one night and waited 12 excruciating hours before it was merged. It’s been all downhill since then.
What are your GitHub and Twitter handles? I’m christineywang on GitHub. Twitter? Eh, depending on who you ask (since I’m known to be a closeted lurker), I’ve been publicly off of most of the socials since 2010.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I’d like to think I write, entertain small children, and host fabulous dinner parties. But me in my truest form is horizontal and watching illegally uploaded episodes of 90 Day Fiance and Love After Lockup while gorging on Indian
takeout delivery. Guilty.
Do you like to code in silence, with music or ambient noise on your headphones, or with people talking around you? Silence. However, read on…
What do you do to get “in the zone” when you code? I was raised with zero concept of personal space and privacy (my entire family shared one email address until I was 21 – oh how I wish I were kidding), so I can get in the zone to create and produce stuff anywhere from the lobby of a YMCA to the middle of a hail storm.
Favorite ice cream flavor? I always get matcha with blackberries at Salt & Straw. However, if someone could make me a key lime pie flavor with a sweetened condensed milk base, I would be irrevocably blissed-out.
What’s the last thing you binge-watched? The Good Place.
Do you have any hidden talents? Recently, while listening to Weird Al’s parody song “Handy” in the car, my son proclaimed, “Mom, that’s you!” So I guess I’m handy? To loosely borrow from the song, I can patch your drywall, I’ll grout your bathroom, and I’ll fix your plumbing when your toilets overflow.
What’s the last thing you’ve gotten off your bucket list? I’ve always wanted a fully remote job so would it be weird if I said joining Grafana Labs?