About Me

I grew up in Fairmont, WV (home of Nick Saban, Mary Lou Retton, and the pepperoni roll). When it came time to go to college, I chose to attend Marshall University. I graduated in May 2007 with my BS in Computer & Information Technology (the equivalent of Computer Science at Marshall when I first enrolled) with a minor in Mathematics. After working profesionally for three years, I decided to pursue a master's degree fulltime. I taught classes as a graduate teaching assistant for two years at West Virginia University. In May 2012 I received my MS in Computer Science majoring in both Knowledge/Software Engineering and Theory of Computing.

My experience with software development started in 1998 when I first started creating webpages with plain HTML by crudely reverse engineering public websites. In 1999 I started learning and programming Perl. In 2002 I launched NPScripts.com while I was still in high school, although development was pretty much abandoned during my early college years.

These days I am the father to a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Marco. He is named after Marshall University's mascot since his breed is part of the (thundering) herding class.

Interests

Aside from my obvious interest in computer programming, I am also obsessed with video games and electronic music. On my computer, I am usually tuned to a station on Digitally Imported. In the past couple years I have started collecting and mixing happy hardcore and drum & bass (on both vinyl and CDs). It is one of my most enjoyable hobbies that I really wish I would stick to more than I usually do.

I love following college sports, especially football and basketball for both schools of which I am an alumnus (with a strong preference for Marshall when it comes to arguments). On the professional level I follow the NFL and MLB more than anything else (Packers and Pirates). I religiously follow NASCAR. Oh, and yes, I'm not afraid to admit that I'm a big pro wrestling fan...

I also enjoy movies that are either really good or just plain awful. I love real art as well as pure cheese.