About Me

Willkommen! ("Welcome" in German) 🇩🇪

Hello!

My name is Andrew and I am a Front-End Developer (and a huge Germany soccer fan). I live in scenic Austin with my awesome Canadian wife (a civil defense attorney).

Not knowing anything about creating responsive websites at the time, I initially started learning how to put this site together using WordPress back in early 2016. I had so much fun learning WordPress that I wanted to dig deeper to learn more about how websites and apps are actually built. I was immediately hooked and took the proverbial plunge to become a Web Developer. I am continuously learning how to code 🙂.

In my former career, I spent many years working with (SaaS) technology in various management and business development roles.

In mid-2018 I completed The University of Texas at Austin Full-Stack Web Development Program (Coding Boot Camp). I gained familiarity and experience working with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and primarily MERN-stack (MongoDB, Express, React and Node) technologies. I'm currently reinforcing and expanding my knowledge by completing a "TechDegree" (in Front-End Web Development) through Treehouse.

My first real experience with programming was in the early '80s when I took a BASIC course in high school and quickly became interested in programming and learning more about software and computers (think Commodore 64).

We've come a long way since then! Today, I am able to create and deploy responsive and immersive websites for people that are interesting, educational, and especially support a good cause. I will be adding new projects to my portfolio very soon. I also hope to someday give back by helping others learn how to code.

In addition to tech (and as a former dolphin and whale 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" or appreciate learning more about marine life and the ocean, keep reading and check out the videos below (both are filmed in Maui waters)! If you want to see Orcas or even Humpback whales in the wild, in real-time (if they are in view), click here (and scroll down) to see the "Live Cams!"

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

As I mentioned earlier, 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.

Feel free to click on the seemingly endless list of informative links, photos, and videos. I hope you 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 deep 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. I always enjoy learning something new about our 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


Deutschland/Germany

Bayern Munich


The Netherlands


 Switzerland

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