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My tech background

Scooter modding gives me a phenomenal reason to write a little C again for some microcontroller programming.
Embraced Vue to build a new single-page application on an expanding engineering team.
Carved away Rails' view layer responsibility to focus on making an API via the JSONAPI spec. Found its development a bit on the stagnant side.
Threw out my .vimrc and rebuilt everything in Neovim. I was far too used to latency on save.
They Are Billions snags far too much of my free time.
Set up an in-house Elasticsearch/Kibana box behind Nginx hooked up to our Rails app. In many ways, Kibana is the tool I've been waiting for!
Warily ventured into the world of Amazon API Gateways & Lambda Functions, which I found to be very convoluted.
Began playing with Webpack and Yarn after a couple of Rails 5 upgrades.
Took the lead on several complex feature releases for a logistics solution in a 5-person team.
Thoroughly enjoyed building a UI with the slick combination of JBuilder and React.
Realized the importance of Selenium to today's application development practices.
Rocket League joins TF2 as probably one of my favorite games of all time.
Wrapped the brain around how ElasticSearch worked.
Grayed some hairs migrating CI platforms.
Upon getting a Continuous Glucose Monitor, made a visualizer app so I could store all my BG readings!
Hopped jobs and took a Rails app off the ground.
Integrated Paypal and Amazon payment platforms on very quick order.
Considered launching an idea with some friends, found it was next to impossible with a full-time job.
Wrote a game in Node with a Campfire bot interface that helped encourage our dev team to review PRs.
Poked Angular JS with a stick. Didn't like it.
Extraordinarily lucky to learn Rails inside and out with a top-notch engineering team that challenged everything I knew about web development.
Got serious about Javascript and started with Ruby on Rails, professionally and for college project.
Couldn't believe how much better Git was than SVN!
Classes in C & C++. Absolutely exquisite languages.
Found good use for Illustrator skills after taking class in brand identity design.
Wordpress here, Wordpress there. Everyone's doing it.
Racked my noggin setting up email service on my Slice, and then migrating it all to Linode after Rackspace sadly bought Slicehost.
Learned the miracle of version control software while helping out a totally quintessential Silicon Valley startup.
Got a Droid Incredible and immersed myself in customizing EVE-RY-THING.
Last graduating year to do Flash & Actionscript, then they switch to JS. Just my luck.
Transitioned from cowboy-style programming to frameworks upon redesigning portfolio in CodeIgnitor.
Internship in SEO/marketing showed me that route also wasn't meant to be.
Comatose for a couple weekends playing Minecraft.
Took a break to do college stuff!
Particular illustration in Graphic Design class clearly indicated it wasn't meant to be, but would at least give me laughs for years to come.
Yuck, Visual Basic class was the last time I ever wanted to touch an M$ programming language.
Played lots of Valve games and kept plugging away at PHP.
Got my public static void main on in BlueJ. Ick.
Took a Web Design basics class to make sure I got the little details for this career path.
More continuous beating up of Wordpress to yield endless possiblities.
Kept hacking features into phpBB, really started to grasp SQL.
Illustrator class showed that I might have an arty side.
Discovered I could break into my KRZR flip Phone with P2K Commander & M-Explorer.
Made a Tripod website detailing a side project.
Graduated to Pinnacle Studio 10 from Premiere, found that it crashed and froze up just as much.
Wanted to use phpBB, so negotiated my way through CentOS & Vi for web hosting.
Made some sweeeeet game mods written in Pawn (C-like lightweight embedded language).
Wanted to watch videos on my (AMAZING) iPod nano, so I installed Podzilla/iPod Linux.
Drew up game sprites and forum signatures in GIMP.
Adobe Premiere 7 was a totally miraculous program when it wasn't freezing up or crashing.
Learned how the macro switch worked on a camera after accidentally leaving it on throughout a trip to Europe.
Still enamored with The Sims, made a little Frontpage website that shows all cars in the game.
Made cheesy fighting scenes and other animations in PowerPoint.
Indie top-down shooter game Meteor caught my interest because of how moddable it was.
Jammed on C-like scripting language for Meteor, even wrote a little guide!
Tried to write covers of various songs in Cakewalk Express.
Endlessly tinkered with interactive buttons in MS Frontpage.
Tried The Sims at a friend's house and built ALL THE HOUSES.
Endured a serious Stagecast Creator phase on a school Apple G3.
Obsessed over locking topics on discussion forums.
Tech program at school gave me my first taste of Coreutils.
Acquired hand-me-down SNES and courageously tried to beat Jurassic Park.
Intro to Need for Speed High Stakes, *the* game of my childhood.
Checked out what the inside of our 933 MHz Pentium III computer looked like.
Figured out how I could change my desktop background & screensaver on Windows 2000!