I build websites and web apps as part of my full-time job, and it's a lot of what I do on the side as Libera Web Design. I'm proven in my current skillset, but am continually learning how to do more, and do what I do better.
My designs span a wide range of styles, including modern staples like responsive design, flat design, and so on. Want to use Wordpress? I can do that. Want to spin something up quickly with Bootstrap? No problem. Dynamic content and interactivity? Check. Or are you really interested in a complex web app? A framework (like Laravel) it is.
I've got over 10 years of website-building experience. I've built simple personal-portfolio-style websites, and I've built complex, interactive sites for small businesses, schools, and nonprofits.
Everyone wants their money to go farther. I hear you. My going rate is $40/hour, and I offer a discount if you're not-for-profit. My quotes are guaranteed - you'll only pay for the time I need, and if I need more than I thought, that's on me. I keep clients informed and in the loop, where they want to be.
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Miguel Felipe, 2016
Dominick DiOrio, 2015
DLM Builders, Inc., 2014
Music for a Great Space, 2013
Braxton Craven Band, 2012
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, mvmt. 4 - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (2009)
Hillandale Waltzes, mvmt. 6 - Victor Babin (2008)
Interméde, from Quatuor pour la fin du Temps - Olivier Messiaen (2005)
El Salon Mexico (excerpt) - Aaron Copland (2008)
with the Western Piedmont Symphony (clip used with permission)
Actually, please do. I am classically-trained clarinetist - I even have two degrees to prove it. Currently, I freelance and play with professional groups across the Piedmont Triad.
Clarinet is only the beginning. I've built some serious chops on saxophone and flute, and can even hold my own on oboe and bassoon. You can often find me dressed in black in pit orchestras around Greensboro as well.
I have had students of all ages - from beginners to high schoolers looking to audition for music school. I am always looking for students, and my rates are reasonable, at $30/hour. Contact me if you're interested.
If there were a beer equivalent of "sommelier," I'm pretty sure I'd be it. (Actually, they're apparently called "cicerones" - I need to get on that). I enjoy beers of all kinds, from all places. And when I say "enjoy," it's a thoughtful, meaningful appreciation; I don't "enjoy" beer like a frat boy. I have the kind of appreciation that compels me to seek out the local microbrews when I'm visiting a new place, just to see what it has to offer.
If you ask me, Fall and Winter are the best times of year for beer. It's the Oktoberfests, the winter warmers, and the nice big stouts. I've also got a particular affinity for Belgian-style brews, and a fondness for a well-done dark beer. Oh, and those juicy DIPAs are nice too.
I homebrew. And my wife helps. (I'm a lucky guy.) We've been happy with the results so far, especially our Saison, Russian Imperial Stout, and Belgian Dark Strong. Our current setup is extract / partial mashes with full boils on a propane-fueled burner, and we currently bottle. Our process is down pat by this point, but we're always open to making that next step into all-grain or kegging. Yep, we're always eyeballing new things, including recipes, and I'd love to start trying some of my own recipes soon - we'll see what happens.
I'm also on Untappd - and so are my beers (Birnamwood Brewing), if you're ever in the neighborhood to try one.
I'm totally one of those guys who has a shelf full of games that nobody's ever heard of before. (Unless they're into Eurogames.) Regardless, you don't have to twist my arm very far to get me to sit down and unbox one with you.
It's basically awesome. It's free (except when you're like me and keep buying gear). It gets you outside. If you've never played before, give it a try. At the worst, you're enjoying a nice hike through the woods, and smashing plastic things into trees. I don't have the strongest arm out there, but I've been holding my own in local leagues. I have two aces in my pocket (along with several other close calls) - shots I'll remember for a long time.
Definitely not a "gamer" in the colloquial sense...but I do enjoy the occasional stint with sports games (baseball / golf), and a good RPG every so often - assuming I have the time to spend with it. I also have a weakness for word games...but more the Letterpress / Puzzlejuice kind rather than the Words With Friends kind.
I'm not a professional, but I have some OK gear. I shoot Canon, with a 50D as my primary. A few lenses, nothing too special - stock, telephoto, a nice 50mm prime, and a fun macro lens. No L-glass...too expensive. I've also got a neat set of filters, and a decent Canon flash.
I am mostly nature / landscape - things that don't move around too much. I try and shoot on full-manual so that I get a good sense for those things like ISO, aperture, shutter speed...etc. Most of my good shots are from vacations and travel...I've only gone on a few trips specifically for photography.
I've also done event photography in the past for Music for a Great Space. That's fun, because musicians are usually pretty photogenic, and their spaces are pretty nice to shoot in.
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Antelope Canyon - Page, AZ
Portland Head Light - Portland, ME
Superstition Mountain - Phoenix, AZ
Yes, I'm one of those guys who gets a bit giddy when some really awesome piece of technology comes out. I try and stay on top of trends and new developments.
I also can't stop learning. I'm eyeball deep into the Laravel ecosystem right now, which has caused me to step up my PHP game quite a bit. The dulcet vocal tones of Jeffrey Way at Laracasts are music to my ears (especially at 1.5x speed). I'm constantly learning more about code by getting better at Laravel, including hot topics like Test Driven Development (TDD). Bring on the challenges!
Lots of tech out there exists to improve the way we live - and no, I don't mean enabling you to find new and creative places to Tweet or surf Facebook. I am passionate about finding ways that technology helps people to be more efficient at making a difference in the world, which is why being involved with technology at a University has fit me so well.
Being a programmer, troubleshooter, trainer, and general tech enthusiast brings out the detail-oriented, never-say-die, friendly, and super-geek sides of me. Technology has improved my life at both the superficial level and the inner-most level.