I'm a professional software developer primarily working on system integrations and Java Servlets/JSP web applications, and just starting to get into the enterprise architecture space. In my free time, I expand my understanding and keep up to date on current technologies by starting projects, abandoning them freely as soon as I decide that I've learned whatever it was that I had set out to learn.
This combination lets me deliver excellent solutions on the job, based on the best architectures and platforms available at the time, while still allowing me to play with whatever grabs my attention at any given moment. It also means that I spend a lot of time doing what many would call work, but, as my mentor once told me, you're never going to get anywhere in life working 40 hours a week: this is my chosen profession and I owe it to myself to be the best at it that I can be.
For a while, I was a part-time graduate student in computer science, working full time while taking courses and trying to write a thesis. While I've moved on from that phase of my life, as I still have the same outlook on lifelong learning as I did when I first applied, the name of this blog remains unchanged from that time. It was inspired by a comic from Jorge Cham's Piled Higher and Deeper. Here it is:
But really, it's just another blog. Nothing to see here, move along, move along.