Writing is my first love, and everything else in my life, including my passion for programming, steams from my desire to communicate with other people. Here are some pieces that I think represent my best nonfiction work.
I love tech conferences. It's not just because I first realized at #WCTO2012 that I actually had what it took to be a developer, but conferences are also an excellent way of falling in love all over again with something you already adored. The enthusiasm and varied perspectives of fellow attendees is the best antidote to fatigue and jadedness. I highly recommend it.
- WordCamp Toronto, 2012
- WordCamp Raleigh, 2012
- AdaCamp San Francisco, 2013
- PyCon Canada, 2013
- DrupalCon Austin, 2014
- BADCamp (SF), 2014
On most places on the internet, you'll find me under some variant of the username "phirephoenix". It's a handle I picked long before I was old enough to realize that names have staying power, and that maybe a future version of me that wasn't eleven-years-old wouldn't want to be known as a mythical animal with an alliterative phoneme.
By the time I got around to worrying about having a professional online presence, I'd been using the name for about a decade, and it was entrenched in all my online activity. I figured I might as well own it...plus, now I get to think of all manner of awful puns.
It's gotten to the point where I will instinctively answer to "Phire", except if you're trying to get my attention in a crowded bar.