A huge part of my free time is devoted to Gaming. Playing, learning, designing
and reading. Games provide a meaningful, rich experience hard to reproduce
in other mediums. I enjoy learning new games, or getting better at old ones.
I play some competitively, some casually, and most in between. But most of
my energy is in the creation and development of games. I am constantly running
various ideas and prototypes through my circle of play testers, looking for
great ideas. While most prototypes are not fruitful, I'm currently working on
what I think will be my first published game, "Tournament Play" (expected
release early 2015)
I have been blessed with the best family ever. My awesome wife, Chelsi
and I were married in June of 2006. Since then,
we have had children; Lee ('07), Amanda('08), and Jacob('10), and are expecting
another this year. Having a family full of very strong personalities means
there is never a dull moment, and I enjoy it all. Nothing is more fascinating
than watching the way children learn. Seeing a child's sheer euphoria at figuring
out how to do a handstand or beat their dad at Mancala is pure ecstasy.
While not an artist by any means, I greatly appreciate writing, music, and
visual arts. It takes a truly special individual to take something mundane like
letters, pigments or noises and combine them in such a way to produce a thing
that transcends boundaries like culture, age, and language. I've learned
the 10-hole ocarina, digital painting, and tried my hand at writing. I may be
selling myself short, but I think I'll leave it to the true artists to make art,
while I enjoy the journey.
Very little moves as fast and as frequent as technology. I have been in the
technology industry for 7ish years, and I have constantly been pushed to learn
and keep up. Nothing is ever perfect, and today's peak is tomorrow's artifacts.
I started working with Cloud computing in 2008 with Rackspace. My career has lead
me through application programming, system administration, API development, UI & UX
desgin, as well as basic networking and security. I'v done Python, Ruby, php, java,
barely scratched the surface.
All of the other headers can be summed up here. In everything, building something new
for the intrinsic value of building it is what motivates me. This could be a new
website, a magic deck I haven't built before, a lego car with my kids, or drawing
for the sheer joy of it. I enjoy the seeing a vague reflection of something that
might be, and giving birth to what it actually will be. The discovery of creation
is a euphoric feeling that I have never found an equivalent for.