My tech background.

2016
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.
2015
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.
2014
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.
2013
Extraordinarily lucky to learn Rails inside and out with a top-notch engineering team.
2012
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.
2011
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.
2010
Comatose for a couple weekends playing Minecraft.
Took a break to do college stuff!
2009
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.
2008
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.
2007
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.
2006
Made a Tripod website detailing my project.
Graduated to Pinnacle Studio 10 from Premiere, found that it crashed and froze up just as much.
2005
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.
2004
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.
2003
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.
2002
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.
2001
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.
2000
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!