I haven’t been completely honest with you

I haven’t been completely honest with you, and it’s time I talk about it.

I’m a software developer. At least that’s what you’ve been led to believe by reading my blog posts over the years, being a part of the Pittsburgh .NET meetings, presenting on development topics, going to camps, retreats, hackathons and conferences.

It turns out that I’m not a developer.

Well, I guess I am technically a developer but I’m NOT ONLY a developer. That’s just one of my interests. I’m really a creator, futurist, runner, hobbyist, competitor, fitness freak, nutrition obsessed, homebrewer that grew up in the golden age of video games and hasn’t stopped playing games since. Software development merely fits in there somewhere around homebrewing. It’s just a part of who I am, but my public and community interaction only focused on development. I’m starting to realize that this doesn’t make sense for me to not talk about the rest of my interests on my own blog.

I have a passion for designing and building things and I’m hopelessly fixated in the details. I guess that’s why software development was the obvious occupation for me. I feel that I’ve done some really interesting things recently and I’m working on projects now that mean a lot to me. Why not talk about them?

Last year’s big project was creating my own arcade cabinet from the ground up. It turned out great and I never even mentioned it once. Before that I completely renovated my kitchen. Before that I built my own bar in my basement. I have a Halloween party every year (which I have talked about on this blog) that ends up being about three months of craft/building projects to create the theme. I have a lot of backfilling to do on this blog talking about all of these interesting things and how I created them.

So there you have it. I’ve been secretive for far too long. It’s time to talk.