About Me

I started out my professional life pursuing a psychology degree.  I was interested in a phenomenon called synesthesia.  This is a very rare condition where a person will have multiple sensory experiences to a single stimulus - e.g., they may hear a sound and see a color, or taste a flavor and feel a shape, or rub a textured surface and hear a noise.  I loved the research, but teaching was what I looked forward to every day.  One day - at a very specific moment - I realized what I was doing wasn't what I wanted to be doing.  

So after six years of prepping for a career in academia, I decided to scrap it all and go back to my roots and do the thing I've loved the most since I was nine years old: making software.  It's been a unique experience, having no formal training but a lifetime of effort from which I can draw has provided me with some formidable projects and obstacles over the years.

At present I'm a software engineer with 18 years of professional experience.  I'm also my own boss, which is great except my boss is a real jerk.  Don't tell him I said that though.

I often find myself asking, "What would I be doing, if not this?"  Not because I don't like what I do - on the contrary I ask because I love it so.  And I think it'd be writing fiction, terrible awful fiction full of scantily-clad women and unicorns.  Or maybe bumming around the craft fair circuit selling crocheted tams with integrated electronics.  Or teaching kids to program (which would kind of count as the same thing I'm doing now I suppose).

In all my spare time, I ignore a wide variety of personal hobbies such as crochet, knitting, origami, fiction writing, woodworking, bandaging my bloody fingers, cycling, songwriting, playing classical guitar poorly, renovating my home, repairing my home renovations, listening to all kinds of music, cooking, and the occasional nogoodnicking.

What's beefy about beefycode.com?

I garnered a nickname in grad school: beefarino.  Yes, it's from Seinfeld.  It started out as my player name for daily Quake sessions in the computer labs and on local servers at the University of Arizona.  It stuck like white to rice once I went vegetarian, and was soon shortened to just "beef" by my friends. 

And then I became @beefarino on twitter, which basically means it'll be on my gravestone too.

So while the "beefy" in beefycode may be an adjective for the physique of the code you'll find on this site, it's really identifying the author.