Hello! I’m Lane. Really, you should probably check out my blog, most of my more interesting writings are over there.
However, if you want, you can get some obligatory bibliographical information. I live in Texas, USA. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in C.S., but I’ve been programming ever since I was a wee lad. The original incarnation of this very website (a monstrosity running PHP 5) I wrote when I was 16, and I’ve been hosting my own webserver under my desk ever since.
Fortunately it’s written using Docker and Traefik and Hugo now. Unfortunately many of the projects I’ve worked on over the years have wasted away from bitrot and are no more. But they weren’t that great anyway, so it works out.
My first (highschool, but still real) paid job was at WPEngine:
They host wordpress, but make it really really fast. Or at least pretty fast. You can only do so much with PHP.
After that I ended up working with my Dad (nepotism for the win) over at Click Security:
They’re defunct now, but for a while there they were working on cutting-edge intrusion prevention systems. This is where I got my first taste of data science - among other things, I wrote a little plugin that flagged URLs as being potentially malicious based on how random they looked.
I worked there for two summers, then went off to college and tried my hand at the web contracting world, doing a bit of work on iPlay4e:
Which is a sort of D&D website. I also passed through L5SG:
which does web contracting for various companies, and eProbito:
which did some social media analytics. Eventually I decided the life of a contractor isn’t for me, I want a desk, otherwise I get distracted, so I ended up with a real internship at Civitas (yaaay nepotism):
In my last year of college, I gave up a desk again, but only because space is so cool, and HETDEX was looking for talent:
After that? I graduated and got a real job in 2017, working 9-to-5 for the man. The man being Frank, my boss at my current job with National Instruments:
Going straight from full stack web development to driver development? I’m a bit of a jack of all trades. (As they say, though - jack of all trades, master of all too, ‘cuz this guy’s a baller)
But I’m hardly a sum of the jobs I work (goodness, that’d be boring). When I’m not working, I’m doing any of a number of hobbies… I dabble in reading and writing, I’ll watch a movie or play a video game, I’ll cook a pizza or design a 3D printed custom chocolate mold, I’ll make a video game or build a Tensorflow model or write Verilog for my latest half-done maker project. Sometimes I’ll just write about any of the above on my blog.
Anyway, I should let you go, so until next time!
(btw if you want a more formal resume, there’s one here, though I haven’t updated it since I worked at NI)