My name is Alex, and I would like to thank you for visiting my humble online home. If you would like to know more about my professional skills, then I encourage you to check out my official online Resume and Portfolio or contact me directly for more information.

What's on this site?

So what else can you expect to find here besides my resume and a contact page? Two things: a Blog and a Media section. On my blog, I post about anything that strikes my fancy that I think others would enjoy. That includes cool facts about the universe and astronomy, technical writing and grammar topics, news about movies and video games, the latest in computer technology, and more. As of late, I haven't been updating it nearly as much as I should be. However, be on the lookout for more posts in the future.

As for the media section, I'm currently only hosting some pictures I took on my national park trips. However, this is the place to go to see any significant multimedia updates to the site. The updates could include new photos, videos, and other downloadable materials. When updates are made to this section, I'll be sure to post about it on the blog.

That's it in a nutshell. This site is for professional contacts to view my resume and get in touch with me, and it's for casual visitors looking for interesting media and blog posts. Read on to find out a little more about me and the history of this site.

Who am I?

I just entered my thirties and live in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. I graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 2008 with a major in Technical & Scientific Communication with subject concentrations in Computer Science and Environmental Science. That major does not exist anymore, but the Professional Writing major is similar to the program I went through from 2004-2008. I work in software testing and quality assurance at a small company based out of Monterey and Denver. Outside of work and training related to work, most of my free time is spent consuming media of some sort - usually TV, movies, video games, books, and websites. When I can stop downloading things into my brain, I like playing softball and volleyball, watching baseball, going to amusement parks, losing money to people in poker, visiting national parks, and spending time with friends and family. Food brings me way more joy than it probably should, but so far I'm not obese.

Site History

Over the years, my site has taken on a variety of forms. Over a decade ago when I was still in high school, I bought this domain, created a basic website, and started posting funny and interesting things that my friends would like. It became pretty popular because of the funny pictures, and it started to grow and consume bandwidth at an incredible pace. However, I eventually backed away from that site as I started my college education. I like to tell myself that I foresaw the explosion of social media sites like Reddit, which make an idea like my first site obsolete. No one needs a personal site of a friend to find funny stuff on the Internet anymore, although it did well in an era when most people used Windows 98 and Facebook and YouTube didn't exist yet.

I moved on to a site that had my basic resume, but of course I couldn't keep it focused on only the "professional" aspect. I also had a page that showed my gaming resume. Yes, I played Unreal Tournament 2004 "professionally" for a few years. I did get quite good and earned enough high place finishes to get a pretty substantial total of cash and prizes. However, it turns out that very few people in the world can really be professional video game players, so I bowed out of the ultra competitive world of gaming and play games just for fun these days.

Shortly after graduating from college, I created a new site with the help of a couple of my technical writing friends. It was a place where we kept a blog on topics related to technical communication and offered our services to anyone who needed them. That stayed online for a few years, but it never gained the traction we were hoping for.

That leads us to the present day with this iteration of the site. I hope you enjoy the site, and please feel free to contact me with any inquiries or suggestions.

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