Having grown up with a father who was an outstanding guitar player, it was only a matter of time before I would pick up an axe. I grew up on a steady diet of 80’s hair metal and 90’s alt / nu-metal and I eventually got into extreme metal in college. I played in a Madison/Green Bay metal band called Erebus for about five years, playing around 100 shows across the midwest, embarking on a small tour to Texas and back, and recording one album that I’m very proud of. If you’d like to hear it, you can find it on Spotify, iTunes, or right here:
I have always loved sports. When I was a little kid, I used to run around the house in my Chicago Bears Halloween costume, pretending to be a running back. When I got to high school, I played football, but genetics largely prevented me from ever becoming the star I always wanted to be. However, I have always worked very hard and enjoyed learning about sports – from fundamentals and drills to strategy and team coordination.
According to Wikipedia, a philomath is a lover of learning and studying. As any professional in the software industry worth his or her salt can attest, this is essential in order to succeed in an ever-changing landscape. Most of the code I write today wasn’t even possible to write a few years ago due to advancements within languages and frameworks. I am always seeking out new ways to do things and better solutions than those I already have. Learning is a lifelong passion of mine, affecting all of my interests – whether it’s learning footwork for a 3-step approach in volleyball or reading about a design pattern to solve a specific problem. Hopefully writing this blog will help me share some of those things I learn and also provide a place to remind me how to do things I would undoubtedly forget if I didn’t write them down.
Volunteer and Do-gooder
I believe strongly in working to help other people and giving opportunities to those who may not be as fortunate as me. I love to teach and mentor, and generally to do what I can to make the world a better place. I believe in equality and justice, and I seek to empower underrepresented people in the tech industry because I believe their input and ideas only work to strengthen us. I believe that many of the problems facing our communities and the world could be resolved if most people took the time to work with people who aren’t necessarily like them.