He’ll be the first one to tell you that he’s a geek. He studied math and computer science at Johns Hopkins and is now a software engineer at Compliance Systems in Grand Rapids, MI. The softer and perhaps stranger side of Steve is an author of subversive fiction including young adult novels about time travel and Sherlock Homes’ indolent elder brother Mycroft. He writes of Mycroft with such empathy, you can’t help but suspect Poling might also be a big brother to a know-it-all who gets all the attention and kudos too. Well if so, even this imaginary little bro can’t possibly be as clever and smart on Twitter as @stevepoling.
On his blog The Diogenes Club Archives (named after the fictional gentlemen’s club of the Holmes brothers), Poling tries to be positive when reviewing computers (he’s pleased with the Raspberry Pi) and books but he doesn’t pussyfoot around, e.g., “I’ve reviewed the novel Tear in Time and I bring bad news.” He doesn’t care for CBS’s new TV show about Sherlock Holmes Elementary either (there’s no mention of Mycroft, yet). Still, Poling admits: “Sure, I’ll watch it but I will probably gripe about it the whole time.” Very much what the cynical Mycroft might have said. That is, when he wasn’t muttering “No shit, Sherlock.”