About

I am a freelance web developer by profession and you can see my company website at UpgradeYa.com. The purpose of this site is to share my more personal interests and projects.

Current Projects

Family

My most important project is my family. I spend as much time as I can with my wife and son. I figured out how I could work from home, partly to spend more time with my family.

Free Talk Live

I helped transition Free Talk Live into a Drupal 7 website and I am one of the current maintainers.

Reddit OAuth Drupal module

Developed for Free Talk Live, the purpose of this module is to allow Drupal websites to easily integrate with the Reddit OAuth API.

Subreddit Drupal module

Also developed for Free Talk Live, this module is both an example of how to leverage the Reddit OAuth module and provides an easy way of integrating a Reddit subreddit into a Drupal website.

Contracts, a Redmine plugin

I have been helping manage the development of the Redmine Contracts module. UpgradeYa is funding the project and I have been the project manager and client for three seperate ruby developers. Currently, the plugin is stable and we are adding fixes for any bugs that are found.

This plugin us used on the UpgradeYa Redmine website to help manage contracts with our clients.

My Interests

Bitcoin

I became very interested in economics around 2010 and that is when I stumbled upon bitcoin. I now exchange my services for bitcoin and I am a local exchanger in the Raleigh area. You can often find me at the Triangle Bitcoin Meetup which I help organize. If you are interested, my current bitcoin price can be found with this calculator.

Health & Fitness

I have been into fitness since the 1990s when I was involved in cross country and track sports. I was convinced that regular exercise was an important part of health for the human body. Although, 20 years later I learned that nutrition is an equally, if not more, important part of health. I learned this lesson because of chronic respiratory problems I was having, which was only cured by changing my diet to a diet which more closely conforms to what ancient humans might have eaten. Much of my understanding about this new way of eating is from the book Deadly Harvest.

Philosophy and self knowledge

Through much of my early life I had little understanding of philosophy and I had even less knowledge about myself. I was disconnected with my own emotions and I didn’t know what made me happy. After several bouts of mild depression due to unfulfilling jobs and relationships, I was finally about to begin making some decisions in my life which I believe lead me to a more sustainable and happy life.

I feel like I owe this change to several online resources and books including Free Talk Live, Freedomain Radio, Complete Liberty and Nathanal Branden’s The Six Pillars of Self Esteem. I am also lucky to have had supportive friends and family while I made changes which surely challenged (threatened) their own beliefs.

I now believe that the best way to get my needs met and the needs of others in my life is to practice Non-Violent Communication (NVC). I look forward to sharing, with those close in my life, strategies on how to communicate with each other in such a way that we are constantly trying to maximize the happiness in each of our lives. This can sometimes be a challenge as many feel they can only get their needs met at the expense of another.

Gaming

When I have time I enjoy gaming but not playing much at the moment. I do however have time to listen to Video Game Music while I’m working which I really enjoy. One of my favorite shows is Game Fuel.

Linux

I’m a linux fanboy. Mostly because I am dedicated to the idea of open source. I try to run all my devices on open source software and I try to stay up to date on new open source technologies. Right now I am running Arch Linux on my laptop. Before that I ran Gentoo, which was quite a learning experience. I still use Windows for gaming from time to time, but I have been happy to see more an more games coming to Linux. I also find Wine to be useful in running some Windows games I play like Diablo 3.

Last edited on August 11, 2016 - 01:05:51 PM