I had a bit of a journey towards software.
I trained as a maths teacher and spent 8 years in the classroom. When my first child was born, I wanted to work part time and became a trade union official.
About this time, I had built a home server to stream torrented films while holding my children and hoping they would sleep. This server soon hosted a game of Freeciv, and I started making little web apps and services. I am still very fond of @freecivlongterm to remind people to take their turns. At that point nobody had told me that you
couldn't shouldn't use twitter as a pub-sub solution. It actually worked very well. I suspect it would not have scaled very well, but then it didn'tneed to 😉.
Then I started going to meet ups, and realised that the other people were being paid for my hobby, and set about becoming a web developer.
- pensions websites
- multi-million dollar budget financial wellness apps
- online tools for selecting the best industrial drain cleaner
- a global sports data platform
To complete my nerd credentials, my two main hobbies are:
- Role playing games - I run a group at work, as well as one for my family, and occasional others.
- Miniature painting and dungeon crafting - I am very much a beginner at this. Eventually, I'll post some of my creations.
I don't really do social media, but I do have a linkedIn if you are for some reason, desperate to connect with me on a commercial website.