I hold that no task is unacheiveable given a stubborn persistance toward excellence and completeness. This resolution drives me to learn and grow with every new challenge, and to achieve better results with tasks which I have faced before.
In my work, this has resolved clean, stable, and maintainable code. This yields work which is simple; comprehensible to developers who are unfamiliar with a project. I want myself and others to be able to enter a codebase and derive, from a fresh reading of a snippet of code, the answers to what, why, and how.
Similarly, I hold that no concept is too complicated to comprehend. I thrive when I am surrounded by those from whom I may learn, and also by those whom I may teach. As such, when I am in a position to teach a concept, the failure of the student to understand is really a failure on my part to communicate in terms and analogies that are relevant to the student.
In addition to previous responsibilities, work to improve platform architecture to allow for vast scalability, and help to instill best practices within the team.
Develop and maintain platform-wide plugins and enhancements. Build out site-specific features that deviate from typical use. Write tests and documentation.
Build completely custom websites from scratch on Wordpress, including incorporation of a variety of third-party APIs, such as Google, Instagram, and Twitter. Build custom backend systems and functions specific to a clients needs.
Prepare and upgrade new and existing workstations. Develop macros and workbooks to be used for various departments.
Perform a variety of accounting services in Accounts Payable and Receivable. Automate a variety of procedures, especially regarding outgoing invoice audits. Prepare and audit large financial reporting booklets.
My friend Craig Nuzzo and I host a bi-weekly podcast in a conversation format. We have a range of topics from open-source technologies to coffee. Archive.org hosts the audio files, and our website is primarily a place to keep feeds up to date. Particularly mp3 and ogg feeds for the DIY people, and also google and itunes feeds, which we're still kind of stuck on while we build up accounts on those platforms so we can point to our feeds. Soon, we will be updating fonts and logos here and potentially embedding a Disqus comments section.
The site is built on Jekyll and hosted on GitLab Pages. Since the site, at this point, only needs to host XML files for the podcast catchers, a static site serves this purpose wonderfully. It's lightweight and fast, easy to maintain, and since the RSS feed just needs to point to where files are hosted, we can host our audio files on Archive.org for free as well, and run a hobby-podcast by only paying for the recording equipment. This a very fun project!
Currently on hiatus
Currently training with a friend to complete the Spartan Trifecta in the summer of 2019. As said friend is also doing the Chicago Marathon, I am training for that with him. Though not participating in the 2019 Chicago Marathon, I intend to run the distance at the prescribed time anyway :)
I like to consider myself a mild Privacy and Security Advocate. In my free time, I enjoy keeping current with the news related to major security vulnerabilities, violations of privacy on a large scale, how and why these occur, and the measures to protect myself and those around me as best as possible from these (hello, Security Now).
I get a kick out of finding alternative technologies that allow me to live a modern life, technologically speaking, without the privacy invasion from some of the major tech conglomerates. This has manifested itself in finding FOSS alternatives to the services I need to make use of on a regular basis, maintaining my own servers for a variety of services, and finding alternative methods of computing than a traditional desktop or laptop, for the sake of versatility and mobility.