This blog was inspired by https://dbader.org/, so I wanted to first and foremost give a shout-out and thanks.
Well, I am a proud father and happy husband. I have 3 children, 2 dogs, several goldfish and a wonderful wife. I work professionally as a registered nurse case manager in the workers compensation field. I do love my job, but nursing isn’t what I set out to do…
In the mid 90’s my mother bought our first computer, a Tandy Sensation from Radio Shack….
This pretty much changed my life. I was able to tinker around on this computer at a young age 12-14 years old. I was blown away. Before this I used to try and make large outdoor antennas that could pick up radio stations from surrounding larger cities (I lived in a small rural town in the middle of nowhere). So having access to the internet, via dialup connection…was a game changer. I did in fact get in trouble as a kid because my cousin and I were using dial-up to connect to AOL and chat…the number was long distance so we ran up a very large phone bill.
I promise, as I do this I will get better at writing...I realize I suck right now.
As time went on I learned about ZDTV on our large c-band satellite system.
I literally grew up watching Leo and Kate. I learned how to mess around with Linux distros. I think my favorite around that time was Mandrake Linux, or Fedora.I went to college and a guy down the hall in my dorm built PC’s so, he helped me build my first one.
I then decided computer science was for me…this was late 90s early 2k’s. I made it about 2 years into my degree. I didn’t mention this before, but I was into music and played in a band. I actually set up a local music scene page called appalcore.org that does not exist today. I used that page as an outlet for my development interests. It was mostly PHP based stuff…but was fun to do.
I ultimately got scared of the “dot com bubble” and that I would not find a job…especially if I wanted to stay in my small rural town. So I switched majors to Nursing, having a lot of voices in my ear telling me to go into Health-care. In the meantime, I did start a web agency with a friend and we did a lot of early web-standards stuff. It was hard because we mostly pandered to our local market and being in a rural area…not really anyone gave a shit. There were a couple of real estate agencies and a restaurant or 2. I built a pretty big codeigniter project and tried to implement some early MVC stuff…but the code kind of sucked… The agency disbanded and I went on to get my nursing degree.
Fast forward 10 years or so…
I realize now that time goes by much faster than I ever did as a kid. A lot of my mistakes were thinking that something would take too long to complete…so I wouldn’t try. I look back now and a year literally seems like a day…
I have decided that life is too short not to follow what you are passionate about. Trying to make career choices based on what other people think, or what a local market dictates (there is no such thing as a local market in this day and age).
So this blog is dedicated to my rebirth as a developer. I started out on this path, and I wandered off. It seemed impossible for a while that I could ever get back onto this path. Yet, here I am. I am going to use this blog as a medium for my experiences and what I am learning, and doing. Some things may be more “personal”, and less informative. I am also really into esoteric shit… so you might get some of that from time to time. I had to get this in before 8/21/17…
Python is the language of choice. I had intended this blog to be hand coded in python, and actually started on the code using Flask, MongoDB… but it is imperative this be released on/before 8/21/17 for metaphysical reasons. New moons are powerful for new ventures….this one specifically. I couldn’t quite meet the deadline, and I actually had the domain and a hosting account ready to go…so I went with a basic wordpress for now.
The project I am going to produce based on the above code is FlaskCasts, www.flaskcasts.com. This is going to be a screencast/vlog/blog type situation. I am going to use this to put out videos on general web development issues and hopefully gain some traction in the community.
Hit me up via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bear with me...I'll get better at writing.