Growing up I always wanted to be well rounded. Being “pigeon-holed” was always my greatest professional fear. I didn’t want to be someone who focused on a single thing and became great at it and only its directly related technologies. I knew this could be a detriment in the short-term. I now see it is going to pay off. My resume is packed.
Before I joined the army, I had to take the ASVAB test. My overall scores were high. Sergeant Marsh told me I could do any job in the Army I wanted, be it chem or nuke or intel. I chose infantry because I wanted to know what it was like to be a troop before I commanded them.
I’m a natural leader. I’ve been a soldier, sharing laughs for weeks on end in the field. I’ve been a trainer, working hands on with administrators on the sea. I was a bank teller. My drawer balanced to the penny every day. I’m still a coder, building with blocks since 1976. I’m a father. A really good one.
I’m agile. And I’ve learned process writing reams of government design documents. I’ve improved processes. I’ve tested code. I’ve written it too. I’m an Object Oriented engineer with the degree to match.
I don’t consider myself an architect, quite yet. I want the title – to be found worthy by my peers before I call myself by my lifelong goal.
I like to tinker. I haven’t practiced a single paradigm. I don’t memorize sorting algorithms. I do like to read them over from time to time. I build systems. I make things work. I make things better.
In college, I switched majors three times. I started as business. I skipped over half my QBA 101 classes and still cranked out a pretty decent grade. I just didn’t fit in. I do wish I’d paid more attention at the time, but I was a kid.
Zoology was all memorization – which I hated. I took two good years off to get my head straight. I did a lot of growing up.
I spent two years as a bank teller and a banquets houseman, and realized how important college was. On my return, I aced calculus 1 and did pretty well in calc 2 and 3. I love physics, but Physics 1 and 2 both gave me a run for my money. I’m not perfect.
I was a sorority house father. Many of the girls have stayed in touch with me. They don’t still call me dad. That would be creepy.
I nearly died when I was 30 and again at 40. Major strokes and a disabling fall that easily would have been fatal, but for speed, strength, and luck. I lost my little brother just over a year ago. I’ve been through a lot lately. My head is on straight and I understand myself very well. I am very honest, but not to a fault. I’m reserved, but friendly. I like who I am. Others do too.
I’m a great dad. We talk about the universe and politics together. I speak with her like an adult, almost. She respects me for that.
I’ve gone cave and open water scuba diving. I used to run – I’m currently looking for my new exercise outlet.
I’m an inventor of useful solutions. I know how bullshit that sounds. I’m mostly politically correct. I wouldn’t change for anything.
I have a weird hobby – I design board games with my former padawan.
I’m a gardener and a farmer. I have goats, chickens, and ducks. They are mostly just pets. I want a pig next. Maybe some peacocks. I grow veges and fruit trees for ourselves and our neighbors.
I like to think myself an artist. Landscapes are the most beautiful canvases. This one I am lucky enough to live on is in its youth. I want to make it amazing.
The one thing I don’t lack is experience. And if you are looking for a PMI certified project manager, talk to my girlfriend. She’s the herder of cats.
Some of the many things I’ve built:
- Software to record employees gps locations and compare their actual locations to expected locations.
- So much SQL and core Java. Many other languages too, from VB scripts to plugging C memory leaks and using the JNI for native code in Java.
- Screens and business logic as well as a communications server to sell lottery tickets on an OSGi embedded app for use on terminals in China using propriety API.
- The prototype for a LAN onboard an Aircraft Carrier. Do I need to say more? I was the technical lead. I did most of the hands on work. I really learned to delegate on this project.
- Project proposals. Big ones. One of which won!
- Requirements matrix document, mapping requirements through bug tracking, to release versions and government verifications.
- A WSDL/SOAP Python based firewall for transmission of unclassified information across classified domains on board fast attack submarines.
- I reengineered a submarine simulator with 15 other engineers. I was one of three leads. I personally installed all five locations, tested the software and hardware, and trained the Navy chiefs on how to use it.
- I built the same submarine simulator instructor’s station software application. It was written in MFC.
- All sorts of Java 1.4 code for the government, all object oriented designs and patterns and lots of calculations and building scientific data sets.
- A Java 1.3 application game. You were the dragon and navigated a double linked list map (it was a project for CSC 110). You evaded kings and burnt their knights to crisps as you rescued the princess and brought her home to your cave. I called it Dragon’s Prize.
- I basically rebuilt my old house – pipes, wires, structure, and landscape. What a beautiful landscape. I also built a carputer when most only high end cars like BMWs and Benz had them. I’m a lifelong learner with a thirst for knowledge and community.
You can check out some code samples on my IT blog, HalfABit.
I also have a lifelong goal of publishing some of my fantasy writing. You can read some at Zarathuz.