About Me

Willkommen! ("Welcome" in German)🇩🇪

Hello and welcome!

My name is Andrew and I am a Front-end Developer (and a huge Germany soccer fan).

Not knowing anything about creating websites at the time, I initially put this site together using WordPress back in 2016. I had so much fun learning about WordPress that I decided to change careers and become a web developer.

Technology is our future and I love being a part of that! I enjoy learning and continuously improving as a developer. I went on to successfully complete The University of Texas at Austin Full-Stack Web Development Program (Coding Boot Camp). I have gained familiarity and experience working with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and primarily the MERN-stack (MongoDB, Express, React and Node, among other technologies).

I live in beautiful Austin with my awesome Canadian wife (a civil defense attorney and R.N.). My first real experience with programming was in the early 80's when I took a BASIC course in high school and quickly became interested in programming and learning more about software.

I think it’s fascinating to be able to create and deploy responsive and immersive websites for people that are interesting, educational, and support a good cause. I will be adding new projects to my portfolio very soon.

In addition to tech (and as a former dolphin trainer at SeaWorld), I have always been intrigued by the ocean, especially cetaceans (whales and dolphins). I thought this would be an interesting topic for this site.

If you enjoy"Whale watching" and appreciate learning about marine life, check out the videos below (both are filmed in Maui waters).

For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.”―Jacques-Yves Cousteau

In the late 80’s I was fortunate enough to work at SeaWorld as a Trainer (which at the time was my "childhood dream job").

Naturally, this was all pre-Blackfish. Helping to educate and increase awareness about marine life was precisely why I wanted to work there (well, besides working with the dolphins and whales of course)! 

My views have since changed dramatically towards marine habitats and marine parks (especially captivity), marine conservation, and environmental protection.

(Enjoy clicking on the seemingly endless list of informative links, photos, and videos). I hope you learn something new!  🙂

Pacific Humpback (Megaptera novaeangliae) demonstrating a "Pectoral slap"…
Nice view from the tube…
Humpback whale tail  "flukes." (photo by Talbot)
Humpback Whale…
Going for a dive…
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My favorite beach: Black Rock, Maui (Kā'anapali)

It's utterly surreal to see and hear the Humpback whales end their 6-8 week journey from the feeding grounds of Alaska to the shallow breeding grounds of Maui (and other nearby islands). The first whale sightings usually occur in October; however, the best time (peak season) to see these whales is anytime from January 15th – March 31st. Official whale season is December 15th – May 15th. Click here for more information on responsible whale sightings.

The Hawaiian Islands

Humpback with calf...
Humpback with calf…(photo borrowed from link above)
North Pacific Humpback Whale off the coast of Maui…Humpback tail (flukes)...

Feeding grounds in Alaska. Another awesome view of Humpback flukes before a dive…

I always find it interesting to learn where other people are from. My ancestry is German, Dutch, and Swiss. I always enjoy learning something new about my heritage. I'm an avid fan of the Germany soccer teamDie Mannschaft (which translates to "The team"). When the World Cup is not on (every four years), I enjoy rooting for my favorite team in the BundesligaBayern München (Munich, Bavaria).

Check out the cool travel videos below of Germany, The Netherlands, and Switzerland. Thanks for visiting!

~Auf Wiedersehen


Bayern Munich

The Netherlands


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