Intro

My name is Michael. Most people call me Mike. I grew up in the Midwest but have lived all over the US. From the East coast to the Pacific Northwest.

I've been developing web apps and data platforms for over two decades. My career began when Yahoo was still a "directory of the web". It was lucky timing. I was there at the beginning and have been involved ever since. There is always something new to learn. It is a fascinating industry.

Over those last few decades, I've accomplished plenty to be proud of both personally and professionally. There are some not-so-proud moments I wish I could hit redo on as well. I'm human. I'm also pretty reflective. To quote the brilliant writing duo, James S.A. Corey, behind the Sci-Fi series The Exapanse–“Yeah—” Miller started, but Holden cut him off. “He looks at his soul, sees the stains, and wants to be clean,” he said. “But you? You just shrug.” I don't just shrug. I see the stains and want to clean them.

I've been fortunate enough to work at small companies in the early stages with no budget and also a fortune 500 company with very large budgets. Every company and scenario has pros and cons. Each has problems to work through and that is what I enjoy. The technical problems and the people problems.

This site is a combination of where I write about my experiences, as well as, store things like my reading list. I'm more of a reader of books than I am a writer on the internet, but from time to time I feel like I have something to share that others may be able to benefit from.

From time to time, I may write about my experiences with insomnia. My grandfather suffered from dementia and I think insomnia played a role. Another quote from James S. A. Corey sums it up–"And sleep was supposed to mean rest. She closed her eyes and her mind stumbled on like it was falling down stairs." Some times we solve problems in the middle of the night. Other times we may be unaware that we are creating them.

Thanks for reading,

Mike

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