I’m currently a Systems Engineer in Western Pennsylvania, and I spend my work time administering Windows and Linux servers, as well as helping to develop our information systems. I graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania at the end of 2016 with my B.S. in Management Information Systems. I also minored in Cybersecurity.
I’ve had many hobbies for a long time, but none as long as music. I started playing the piano when I was in the single digits, and the rest is history. My primary instrument is the bass, both electric and upright, and I’ve enjoyed playing them for the past 12 years. I also play guitar, and enjoy working on both guitars and basses, as well as amplifiers.
Another passion I’ve had since childhood is technology, and every form it takes: computers, cell phones, engineering marvels, CAD & 3D printing, etc…, but you’re not here to hear me list all the technological breakthroughs that happened in the past 23 years. That would probably take longer than 23 years…
I primarily love doing projects that involve my aforementioned hobbies. For example, late in 2017, I decided I wanted to build an arcade machine, as I’d recently become interested in arcade gaming (thanks to Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, which is a fantastic novel I highly recommend reading). About 10 months later sometime early in 2018, I had managed to pull it off! Taking something from an idea, to a something you can actually touch, is one of the most rewarding experiences, ans is the driving force behind my many projects.
I’ll definitely try to create a post about the arcade machine sometime, with what went into it, and how it works. This project was my official entrance into the ‘maker culture.’ Makers, as defined by the Cambridge dictionary are:
the people or company that make somethingCambridge English Dictionary (https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/maker)
That’s less than useful for understanding the intricacies of maker culture, but it gives the overall gist of what makers do. They make. Let’s go to the most credible source for a proper definition of maker culture:
The maker culture is a contemporary culture or subculture representing a technology-based extension of DIY culture that intersects with hacker culture (which is less concerned with physical objects as it focuses on software) and revels in the creation of new devices as well as tinkering with existing ones. …Typical interests enjoyed by the maker culture include engineering-oriented pursuits such as electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, and the use of Computer Numeric Control (CNC) tools, as well as more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, and, mainly, its predecessor, the traditional arts and crafts.Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maker_culture)
Now that’s more like it! Here are some pictures of me doing what I do!