Willkommen! ("Welcome" in German) 🇩🇪
My name is Andrew and I am a Front-End Developer (and a huge Germany soccer fan). I live in beautiful and scenic Austin with my awesome Canadian wife (a civil defense attorney and former R.N.).
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 about WordPress that I decided to dig deeper and figure out how this all worked under the surface. So I took the proverbial plunge and decided to learn how to code (and still am) by changing careers and becoming a Web Developer.
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 and computers (think Commodore 64).
We've come a long since then! Today, I think it’s fascinating to be 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 theme 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)!
Feel free to click on the seemingly endless list of informative links, photos, and videos. I hope you learn something new! 🙂
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…
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 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!