The Adventures of Pineapple Boy!

Jack Simpson

Head of Marketing and Communications

Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.

Joe has worked at Web Applications as a Software Engineer for 6 months and 3 weeks – we were debating whether to put 6 or 7 months but decided it was best to be accurate!

Joe works in the Core team where his typical day consists of testing, testing and more testing, with the occasional bug fix. The favourite part of the job is seeing our Chief Executive Craig complete mind blowing work sometimes. This is not sucking up to the boss, it’s just a fact that what he does with configuration is cool.

Here at Web Applications we’re all aware of Joe and his pineapple E-mails. For those of you who don’t know, Joe has been bringing in a pineapple every couple of weeks and serving it up to his fellow Webbies. What started out as a team mascot (that no one agreed to) has turned into ‘Joe’s thing’ with even Craig dubbing him Pineapple Boy. It’s not just restricted to pineapple’s either, Joe’s been known to offer up the odd mango or coconut with a star fruit the next on his list – cue a mission to the supermarket!

Before joining Web Applications, Joe studied Theoretical Physics for 4 years at Durham. After this, Joe worked for the Government, this is where it all got a little confidential and Joe didn’t want to go in to any further detail. Let’s just say it was a top secret project and he still has security clearance….

Joe enjoys caving, frequently visiting Yorkshire and most recently Derbyshire to take part in his hobby. He also enjoys walking, mainly in the Lake District or the Pennines but Joe also walks to work most days. He moved to Royton, Oldham in order to be closer to work so now it’s only 40 minutes to get here. On this walk Joe has been learning German, he’s not fluent yet but it’s clear he is passionate about mastering it.

In his spare time Joe also likes to play Star Wars: The Old Republic – I don’t have a clue what he’s talking about but Joe assures me it’s good, even though he doesn’t actually like Star Wars that much. At this point I think Joe doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about either– Star Wars is amazing!

One of Joe’s favourite films is Airplane, saying that it most suits his personality – basically because it’s completely silly. He likes serious films as well such as Hitchcock classics and was recently quite surprised that he enjoyed Breakfast at Tiffany’s as a witty comedy, not just about a pretty girl who likes diamonds.

I asked Joe if he had any hidden talents, at first he was slightly reluctant to tell me but with a nudge from his desk buddy Emma I got a demonstration…Joe can lick his own elbow. There may be no photographic evidence but I can confirm it happened and it’s not the first time I’ve seen a Webbie complete this trick, I’ll let you guess who the other person is!

Lastly I asked Joe what his future goals were, he couldn’t think of anything at first but then it hit him – the elusive high five from Craig. When I told him that I had in fact received this coveted gesture, Joe was slightly jealous and changed his goal to a double high five. We’ll have to wait and see in the coming months whether Joe is successful, check back for updates!