ABOUT ME

For better or worse, I am a completely self-taught programmer. For years I worked as a high school band teacher in a small school district in Missouri, but in April of 2016 I decided to learn to code.

I didn't initially have any specific goals in mind, and I certainly wasn't looking for a career change, but as I started to dig in I discovered that I actually really liked it, and I was actually quite good at it as well. I found myself spending almost all my free time doing projects, reading articles and going through The Odin Project,which was my primary learning resource, especially in the beginning.

Almost exactly a year after diving in I was offered a position as a front-end web developer and I decided to go ahead with the career shift. I've written a little more about my Journey here. These days I work from home most of the time and I'm loving it!

As far as my personal life, I live in Missouri with my wife and three kids. Besides programming I have an intense love for music, I was a band teacher after all. I play guitar in my church band and compose music, which you can check out below, if you like.

THINGS

Check out my best work on GITHUB.

THINGS

SELECT SOMETHING TO VIEW

Most of these projects are a bit old at this point. They're mostly things I created while I was learning. I've left them here from now because a few of them are still kinda fun to play with. Take a peek at my GitHub profile if you want to see what I'm up to these days.

GRIDSEQ

A little toy for creating musical loops, with the ability to implement a little randomness for interest.
built with javascript using the Tone.js library.

Check it out here.

SNAKE

Classic snake game... you eat the food, grow, don't hit the walls... good luck! 😎

Check it out here.

WHERE'S WALDO?

Game that was built with a healthy combination of Javascript and Ruby on Rails.
Select a Puzzle then click on Waldo when you find him!

Check it out here.

CODEBREAKER

This one is a clone of the classic board game Mastermind. Guess numbers and follow the clues to break the code. (watch out for duplicate numbers!)

Check it out here.

TICTACTOE (WITH PERFECT AI)

Ok.. tic-tac-toe is a foolishly simple game, and the code is easy to write, so I decided to spice it up a bit and write a "perfect" bot.
You can't win this game. Try it...

Check it out here.

Pico-8 GAMES

I've been toying with making little games with Pico-8.. they're pretty random

Jazzy Jeff.

Space Battle.

EDM Blastoff.

See the code and much more on GITHUB

MY MUSIC

I love music.. and I enjoy composing and producing it. I am currently a high school band teacher by profession, regularly play guitar in my church's band and I have two other musical projects as well.

FILM MUSIC

There is no film associated with this music of course, but I enjoy composing and producing this style of music. If you are needing music for a project and want to use one of these tracks, or if you are needing some original music composed, feel free to contact me.

ELECTRONIC MUSIC

I also enjoy composing some more exciting electronic music under the moniker VIKING JUNIOR. Turn it up! 🔥

CONTACT ME

Hit me up on TWITTER or LINKEDIN, check out my GITHUB, or use the form below to send me an email message. I'm not famous yet, so I promise I'll reply... and probably quite promptly.