Willkommen! ("Welcome" in German)
Hi, my name is Andrew. Welcome to my "work in progress" website. I have always thought it would be fun and interesting to create and develop websites. So, I’m going for it! I'm actually learning how to improve my coding skills to create and deploy organized, responsive, and informational websites that are fun to use. I will be adding new projects to my portfolio very soon.
I live in beautiful Austin with my awesome Canadian wife (a civil defense attorney and R.N.). It's funny to think about it, but my first real exposure to computers was in the early 80's when I took a BASIC course in high school my senior year. I remember booting up my parents' Commodore 64 and testing out a new "programming skill" I had learned (this was before the term "PC" existed). I wish we still had that old dinosaur. It would probably make a nice retro computer gift.
In addition to technology, I have always been intrigued by the ocean, especially cetaceans (whales and dolphins). I thought this would be a fun topic to cover on 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). The second video below is unfortunately not in HD, nonetheless, it provides good information.
Being a “WordPress fan,” I initially created this site as "WPfan.org." Shortly afterward, I realized the "WP" could stand for something more meaningful such as "Whale Protection"…it actually stands for both.
“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 Sea World 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)!
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
Feeding grounds in Alaska. Another awesome view of Humpback flukes before a dive…
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 team…Die 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 Bundesliga, Bayern München (Munich, Bavaria). Check out the cool travel videos below of Germany, The Netherlands, and Switzerland. Thanks for visiting!