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.
Which brings us to today.
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.