I've been doing nerd stuff for 15 years. I've been working full time and contract as a programmer for a handful of large to mid-sized US companies for the last 6 years. Before that, I was in sales. Before that, I was attending Saint Petersburg College and Pinellas Technical Institute. Before that I was attending high school and skating competitively (like skateboarding, but with more wheels). Before that, I was afraid of the dark and thought starving children in Africa only ate raw ketchup because of a story my older cousin once told me in a Shoney's. Before that I was a knight called Jafar living on the planet Epsilon Eridani until I met an untimely death at the hands of a mercenary named John Rambo while I was enjoying the most delicious turkish delight I've ever had in my life, causing my soul to drift in a dark, endless abyss for about, oh, about 35 minutes until I was suddenly incarnated into a smaller version of the body I currently inhabit.