markupboy

There are few things I love more on the internet that seeing what helps peoples' digital lives tick. This is my attempt to share my little corner of the internet.

My career as I know it started way back in 1995. I designed and built my first website that year… using Microsoft Word. It was awful. Later that same year, though, I had my first paying job as a freelance web-designer — $50 from a local church music group for a website full of frames, tables, and font tags. Of course, I was 12 at the time and didn't know any better. Now, more than 20 years later, the fundamentals of what I do haven't changed and neither has how much I love doing it. Fortunately for me (and for my career), I've given up the font tags and tables for CSS, semantic HTML, a heaping helping of JavaScript, and even a few server-side languages.

My career took a turn to management recently - I'm the proud manager of a talented team of full-stack engineers building the future of design collaboration at InVision.

I currently reside in Longmont, CO and am a happily employed Software Engineering Manager at InVision.

Gear

Most people that know me say I have at least a few to many computers. Honestly, I can't argue with that. I've got a soft spot for Apple and rarely more than arms length away from a device connected to the Internet.

For photography work I use an oddly trash can shaped hex-core Mac Pro hooked up to a massive 34" ultrawide monitor and a gaming monitor that sadly doesn't see a lot of gaming these days.

On the go, I prefer my diminutive 13" Touchbar Macbook Pro which, despite some pretty usual keyboard issues, I still really enjoy (even if I'm not as smitten as with my old 11" Air). At home I have a beast of a custom built Windows whose entire purpose is watching Twitch.tv and playing PC games.

All of my media gets served from a QNAP NAS with more than 30TB worth of drives stuffed in it hooked up to way too much enterprise grade networking gear for a private residence and a Mac Mini Server on top of a home-built unRAID server for odds and ends like automatic downloads, time machine backups, and continuous integration and automated testing.

For travel, I have an iPad Pro, a Kindle Voyage when I want to do serious reading and a pile of Nikon gear for when I want to take a photograph.

All of my keyboards are of the mechanical persuasion and my mice are Razer.

Oh, and of course I have an iPhone X never out of arms reach.

Tools

Good hardware is nothing without good software. I do my best to keep a fairly limited set of tools at my disposal and all have been heavily customized to my process at this point.

All of my code, articles and even to-do lists are written in Atom. I browse the internet with Chrome. Version my code with Git and Github. Read my feeds with Reeder. Perform backups with SuperDuper. Chat through Adium. Manage photos with Lightroom. Move files with Transmit. See what people are talking about with Tweetbot.

And my entire digital life is in the hands of Dropbox.

The Site

This site's design is a heavily modified version of the Information Architects' iA3 Wordpress Theme built with Middleman and hosted entirely on S3 through the magic of Terraform.