About

Matthew Tift, Ph.D., RYT

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Hi, I'm Matthew (he/him)! I'm a yoga and meditation teacher at Spirit of the Lake and a lead engineer at Lullabot. I facilitate meditation groups in prisons, host the Pretty Good Meditation podcast, and teach weekly yoga classes.

My journey started with music. I started playing violin at age 5 and spent much of my childhood playing in orchestras, singing in choirs, and performing in musicals. I earned a PhD in musicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and taught at the University of Iowa. However, I could not find a way to support my family as a musicology professor and raise my children near their grandparents.

I turned my fascination with technology into a career when I learned how to build websites and write code. During an 8-year tenure at Wisconsin Public Radio, I became a strong advocate for free software — especially a content management system called Drupal — and sharing code among public media, universities, and nonprofit organizations. In 2014 I started working at Lullabot, an employee-owned, fully-distributed, human-focused, family-friendly Drupal development agency. In 2015 I started Hacking Culture, a podcast about the causes and conditions of Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS).

I have been an active member of the free software community Drupal since 2010. I have helped organize multiple Drupal core initiatives, including CMI (the Drupal 8 Configuration Management Initiative) and the Olivero initiative (the new Drupal 9 front-end theme). I maintain various modules including, NPR, PBS Media Manager, and Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP). I've been an organizer of Twin Cities Drupal Camp since its inception in 2011. I have attended every North American DrupalCon since 2010, and I regularly speak at technology conferences.

This site contains my thoughts about a wide variety of subjects, such as yoga, meditation, Drupal, free software, live coding, music, and public media. It also contains a list of my teachers, the technology I use, and my list of "tricks" for getting things done. You can find many more details about my history in my CV, including a list of my publications and conference talks.

I live near Minneapolis, Minnesota on Dakota land ceded in the Treaties of 1837 and 1851. Mni Sota Makoce (Minnesota) is the homeland of the Dakota people who have lived here for thousands of years and continue to reside in this state.

I enjoy yoga, meditation, cycling, and playing string quartets with my wife (viola) and two children (cello and violin).