Hi! I’m Jordan. This is my site. I’ve had it for a while, but was mostly using other mediums to get my thoughts into words. However, I’ve stepped back from that a little bit. But in order to really explain who I am and what one can expect here, some background is in order.
I built my first computer when I was 12. It took me about a year of tinkering to realize that while the capabilities of hardware is ever increasing, the main parts remain the same. A processor, motherboard, RAM, hard drives, speakers, monitors, etc. They get better, but they remain the same. But code. Coding languages are iterative, and there is always something new to learn. Since I was a broke kid, I started off building a LAMP server. I began making basic html websites, and I was hooked. It was just so logical. I was able to quickly wrap my brain around the concept of Relational Databases as it was just so beautifully organized. And then I messed with PHP. It starts by looking at existing code bases, try to figure out what they do, run them, and see if I was right. Then tweaking that existing code, trying a different way of getting the same result. Then build something from scratch. Repeat.
This was it. Software is where I belong. Never get bored, never wind up stuck.
It seems as if finding one of my passions as young as I did would provide a pretty drama-free path through life. Life had other plans though, as it is wont to do. At the age of 15, I got in trouble with the law, and wound up in a group home. I was bored in school, and would skip often to play chess and do math in the park. I don’t really have a frame of reference besides some friends who skipped almost as often as I did, but I don’t recall ever seeing a ‘normal person’ get in legal trouble over it. I never dealt with truancy court or anything, I just had my probation violated, and sentenced to a commitment in juvenile detention for up to 2 years. What do you think would happen if a hormonal teenage boy with a mistrust of all authority figures was told he has to go to ‘jail’ for skipping school? I ran. I spent about 18 months travelling the underground of the world. I would travel as far as I could until I ran out of money, made contacts, did odd jobs, saved until I could travel again. I did everything from working on boats to cross oceans to jumping trains to cross states.
For reasons that may be explained later, I went back to Colorado Springs, turned myself in, and did some time. I got out, and wound up in another group home. While committed, I got my GED, so I didn’t have to go to school, but I had to work. I’ve always had an interesting relationship with employers, and I may expand on that in a post, but for now the important part is that I turned in my notice at a fast food chain. I was still under 18, albeit emancipated, and I was on juvenile parole. As soon as the two weeks were up, I was in violation. I ran again. I came back eventually, and decided to finally get my head out of my ass and keep my head down.
For the first time in my life, I had a bit of stability. I got progressively better jobs, working my way up the food chain. Finally, after plenty of false starts, I was on track.
Let’s skip forward around 10 years, to today. Today I am a human (but I’m working on that). I have some pretty strong thoughts on software, and that’s where I live. It’s interesting finding a balance between working for someone else in exchange for money, and building the tools that can change the world. I’ve found that these two things aren’t mutually exclusive, so I know I can get paid to make a difference (seriously, how cool is that?) with my code.
But coding and technology is just a part of who I am, and what makes me up. So there will be some fun coding stuff here, but primarily, this is a place to maintain my thoughts on lots of big issues. I don’t know about you, but for me, my understanding and positions on issues are only valid if I can explain my position and answer every question posed. The only way to do that currently is by using words, and words are important. For me, that means writing (technically typing).
This is still in progress. I know that in theory, I could keep this as a draft until it’s done, but I don’t see the point in bothering at this stage.