About Me

Willkommen! ("Welcome" in German)🇩🇪

Hi, my name is Andrew. I am a front-end web developer (and huge Germany Soccer fan) with experience in HTML/CSS, JavaScript, as well as the MERN-stack (MongoDB, Express, React and Node). Technology is our future and I love being a part of that. I enjoy learning and continuously improving as a developer. I recently completed The University of Texas at Austin Full-Stack Web Development Program.

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 learning more about new technologies and software.

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

In addition to tech, I have also 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 just 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 dolphin 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.

(Warning: This site may be perceived as a global cure for insomnia…as I continue to improve my coding skills, I will be updating some of the pages…in the meantime, enjoy clicking on the seemingly endless list of informative links, photos, and videos). Who knows, you may learn something new!  🙂

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Pacific Humpback (Megaptera novaeangliae) demonstrating a "Pectoral slap"…
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Nice view from the tube…
Humpback whale tail  "flukes." (photo by Talbot)
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Humpback Whale…
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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)
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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, and I always enjoy learning something new about Germany and 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


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Bayern Munich


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