I am a programmer living in Dallas, Texas-- the best city in the best state in the best country on the planet.
I started school in pursuit of a degree in English with the intention of writing novels for a living. Shortly thereafter I discovered that I'm not any good at writing compelling or original stories nor do I really like sitting down and typing out long papers. So I decided to pursue something involving video games; or rather, how to make them.
Making video games boils down to two broad fields: programming and art. The programming courses were extremely interesting and mind expanding. I might even say mind exploding. It's hard to describe the transformation that one's mind undergoes when learning how to write code. It's similar to what one might experience when learning a foreign language; code is a kind of language after all. Having learned to write code I then completed the coursework for 3D art as well. I finished my degree in Arts and Technology (ATEC) at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) just before they began construction of the new ATEC building.
I'm enormously indebted to all of my teachers, my family, and my wife. I dare say that without them I wouldn't have amounted to anything. In no particular order, thanks to:
- my parents, of course!
- my wife
- William "Bill" C. Slater (fantastic professor of computer science at Collin College)
- Marshall Pittman and Tom Ottinger (professors of 3D art and animation at Collin College)
- Monica Evans (professor of ATEC at UTD)
- Timothy Christopher (visiting prof of ATEC at UTD while I was there)
- Carl Lutz (my boss at the Center for BrainHealth)
- Andrew Closson (co-worker and good friend)
- Adam Siler (seasoned web developer, extremely easy to get along with, good friend, and all around great man)
What I Do
I am currently a programmer at the Center for BrainHealth working in the VR Lab. I started there working on a virtual reality project, but I've also played a key role developing web apps ranging from an HTML5 iPad app to web-based cognition assessment tests to the Center's site itself and C# development building tools for the VR using Visual Studio and WPF.
- Gaming. It's not too serious it's just the main thing I do for fun. Yes, Linux does have games.
- Linux. It's free. It's powerful. I love the flow and usability. I love the variety and quality of desktop environments available.
- Programming. It's what I do for a living after all!
- 3D art. I'm not a great artist because I've put much more time into programming, but I still know my way around Maya, Photoshop, and GIMP.
- Dark UI color themes. Staring into a bright monitor starts to strain the eyes when you do it for prolonged periods.