I am a maker; I woodwork, weld metal, solder electronics, program microcontrollers, and I like to find projects that combines these skills. I have a desire to create kinetic water art installations.
I'm an adventurer; I like to go biking, hiking, backpacking, and traveling to remote areas to connect with the natural world and I find those experiences to be invaluable. I like to believe that life happens in between the moments that you plan for, and I actively seek out adventures that will grow who I am as a person with those around me.
I am currently on the crew at Digital Trends as a Writer and Full Stack Web Developer using wordpress, reactjs, node, gulp, docker, redis, and a couple more build tools for the web properties www.digitaltrends.com and wwww.themanual.com
For my own fun I created a nodejs framework called QUASI - Quick, Usable, And Simple Interface. My goal is to provide a web framework that makes small content websites simple for content managers and easy to extend for developers. See the github project for more.
Most of the work I do is behind the scenes, which means that the better job I do the more unlikely you are to be able to notice it. I have a mind for the functional and when I connect technologies, they just work. I am actively growing my skills on the artistic, aesthetically pleasing, and streamlined aspects of UX with software and am a student of the sciences of human-computer interaction.
Began writing poems at the age of 12, in 1999.
Started writing code two years later in 2001.
Schooled for 8 years between 2002-2010.
Worked at a web development agency in 2010.
Freelanced full time and went traveling in 2014.
Dedicated life to Open Source software in 2016.
I began writing code at the age of 14, making scripts for IRC and playing around with HTML. In highschool, my code writing took a journey from BASIC to Pascal to C and finally C++. While my college career was focused heavily on the Microsoft stack, I also learned how to program microcontrollers, Xbox games, and got my first introduction to the web of client-server with PHP. I chose a career in Software Engineering because I recognized that designing and writing applications was something I had enough passion in to carry forward into the later part of my life with infinite passion. I am a maker, a tinkerer, a person who likes to see how things are designed and marvel at just how much machines can accomplish with such elegant engineering.
My first experience in the industry was with a web development agency in downtown Portland, Oregon. I was working on an ASP.NET CMS framework that was in use by several clients for their e-commerce websites. A year later the agency dissolved and I quickly formed my own LLC to be able to freelance my skills and talents. Determined to continue to be a part of a dev team I began working for a product company, also on the .NET stack, and was brought onto their systems team to focus on their web portal. Following my time with that company I decided to put my full time efforts into contracting and working remotely, so I started working with another agency on a couple of Wordpress/PHP projects and went traveling.