Evan Phoenix is one of those rare outliers who has an unbelievable talent for creating complex tools that are incredibly useful and help drive a platform such as Rubinius and he's also created a powerful Ruby application server named Puma. Both of which are tools I personally have used and admire the effort that went into their creation. Not only is he a technical genius but he's also the organization lead for the Ruby Central and RailsConf conferences. He was extremely gracious and easy to chat with. Our conversation ranged from how he was inspired to create Rubinius and how he feels about how his tool is being used by a variety of types of users to how he got involved in organizing the conferences.