Began in 2007, Cosmic Wanderlust takes its name from my email signature postscript at that time, “Still suffering from that cosmic wanderlust.” Cosmic Wanderlust began as a way to catalog my thoughts on the non-fiction books I was reading. Although still primarily dedicated to book reviews, Cosmic Wanderlust has since evolved to discuss interesting ideas I’ve come across from other mediums as well.
I began my life’s sojourn in Lansing, MI in 1974 the son of Debbie McKinney and David Pettengill. My parents moved to Raleigh, NC when I was a young child, and I spent the better part of the next twenty three years in Raleigh, graduating in 2000 from NC State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduation, I began my career in the consulting division of Accenture working with Health and Life Sciences clients. In late 2007 a former client, the software firm iMANY, courted me to join their company, and I accepted a position as their Director of Strategy. I took a leave of absence and eventually left iMANY in 2010 to work on my own projects. You can find out more here at my professional site.
During my downtime reading, I enjoy fiction as well. My favorite novelists include Douglas Coupland, Michael Chabon, Orson Scott Card, and Nick Hornby. I even enjoy the occasional page turner by Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, Dan Brown, and the like. I love sports, and I’m passionate about ACC Basketball, NC State Football, and US Soccer. I also enjoy just hanging out with my friends and family, playing Wii, playing low stakes poker and having BBQ.
The incredible Paul J. Straw created the beautiful logo below for Cosmic Wanderlust, which partially adorns the top of this site. You can see more of his work here at his personal site.
The WordPress impresario, Matt Cheney, created this site using the Life Theme by Theme Forest. Matt then applied a lot of custom tweaks to get Cosmic Wanderlust to the state its now in. If you’d like to see more stuff from Matt, check out his blog randoMatt.