Hey, I'm Chris!
Nice to meet you! 👋
I'm an avid learner and maker! I bounce between reading, writing, learning new instruments, and composing. There's always something new to try!
Coding Origin Story
I've loved tech since I was a kid. My mom has this story she is embarrased to tell — When I was 5, I was so hooked on computers that my dad helped me bring our Compaq desktop with us on a beach vaction to Galveston.
There's always been so much to explore and make in the tech space. I grew up making custom web profiles, hacking a Nintendo DS to download a midi synth, and hosting my creative projects on my first ever website: moomoofilms.com.
I love community and teaching. My career began with teaching music to middle and high schoolers. I found immense fulfillment in helping students break down road blocks and solve problems creatively. When I can, I'm happy to help a colleague or friend get unblocked from a technical challenge.
My journey into software as a profession was interesting. I eventually found myself working on websites for my teaching projects and musical groups just about as much as I was giving music lessons. For a while, working in software full time was one of those "Unthought Knowns." After a particular "A-ha" afternoon, I commited myself to teaching myself modern web development in 2019.
I've been developing full time as of 2021. It's been a blast!
You can visit my blog to keep up with my technical writing.
I've been musicing since I was a kid. I started off on saxophone in middle school. I took all the music classes I could and dabbled in writing. My biggest influences have been video game soundtracks, early jazz, and classical music.
I ended up going to college for music! Some of the best years of my life! I went to UNT for a bachelor's in music ed 🦅 and UT for a master's in performance. 🤘
I write music to tell stories and create atmospheres. Mostly light hearted and playful, I use writing as a means to capture what I love — other music, people, or moments in time.
I live in the Dallas area with my girlfriend and our pup Lucy. We all love the food here. 👌
I have a few hobbies. I fling myself against bouldering walls pretty regularly. I read. Tons! Lots of non-fiction, with sprinkles of Terry Pratchett novels and illustrative essays.