My two favorite creative outlets are code and photography. Shootsy is the result of that. It's a web application for photographers that handles all boring, but necessary stuff.
It is currently in a private beta, and will be launching Summer 2011.
The first “real” thing that I can remember programming was a Mechwarrior-esque game on the TI-83 calculator back in high school using the BASIC-like language. It was responsible for a lowered average grade in the Trig/Pre-calc class that year.
In college I got my first taste of web programming. I wrote some basic websites for a school district's HR department. Yes, they are terrible. No, you can't look at them.
Later on, I got more experience with software development. I've worked with some amazing people, and learned a great deal. I've even managed to release some cool things from time to time.
These days I work for a pretty rad consulting firm in Phoenix, AZ. We're a Gold Partner with Microsoft and deliver a fantastic level of expertise to different businesses.
On the side, I've grown in stature with Ruby on Rails. Shootsy was built with Rails 3, and tons of other libraries. I've also used a few Python based frameworks for various other things, have gotten pretty rusty with them.
I do have an account on Github. I have to admit that I prefer Mercurial's overall approach to source management, but I have to admit that Github is significantly awesome.
A man's got to have a hobby. For me, it's photography. My main photography website is over here. It is in dire need of a facelift.
I started to get serious about photography a few years ago. Back then, I fancied myself as more of a landscape and nature photographer, but have come to enjoy people and portraiture much more.
I shoot with Nikon cameras and lenses. I've also taken to the strobist way of doing lighting. Although, in recent times the constant cycle of recharging AA batteries has annoyed me, so I'm considering switching to something like AlienBees.
Managed Ministries is a non-profit startup making management software for churches. The pitch is this: software that churches use today is either ridiculously expensive, or terrible, or both. We aim to fix this.
I have written a little bit of code for them, and also served as a Technical Advisor.
Last year I finally got around to using TextMate, and once I figured a few things out, totally loved it.
However. There are few features that I really wished it had, so I started to look around. I landed on Vim, but since it had a steep learning curve, I figured that I should blog my progress as I learn my way around it.
I also have a personal blog. I update it every so often. Currently it resides on Posterous, but I'm considering super duper happy with it. Posterous itself is a fine platform, but I can't seem to get the posts to conform exactly to how I think they should look without some extra effort.