Who do I think I am to be starting a school?
Hi, I'm Brian. I'm a lifelong learner, father, husband, brother, son, entrepreneur ( just means I have a difficult time building other people's ideas ) and more.
I love programming and today's modern tools.
In college, there was a year I thought, forget this tech stuff. I'm poor, these Apple computers are expensive - and I'll just study Psychology. It's easy, there are lots of pretty women in my class and the discussions are interesting.
So, I took a break from computers for about a year.
Then, I realized, man, I'm really wanting to be on computers. They can do amazing things. So, I took out a student loan and bought a Mac. It was expensive. But, the money was easy to get and I didn't have much parental guidance ( because I didn't ask for any ).
As I got back into computers, It was hard. Configuring things, getting software to build -- it wasn't easy. It was probably 1,000 times harder back then. Did I give up? Not at all.
I decided from that time, I'm never going to fall behind on technology again. Alas, here I am at 47 and I still am falling behind -- though I spend almost all day, every day on my machine. It's amazing.
So, why am I starting a school?
Lambda School and the founder Austen Allred is inspiring me. He's a young guy. He's scrappy. He's going to make things happen and change lives. I totally believe that his persistence and tenacity will create some awesome results.
Quincy Larson - the founder of FreeCodeCamp and I are friends. I was hanging out with him when it was new. I met him at a Meetup in San Francisco. He'd run ( literally ) from place to place around town with his laptop. He's inspiring. He also inspired lots of people to get involved.
I've learned how to code - but I want to change lives. I want people to be better for having crossed my path -- not just build some little tool that people can use and save a few minutes of their precious time. I don't want to just entertain people with fun YouTube videos. ( though I'd love to be able to -- and it's probably that I don't think I could that I don't even want to admit that it's what I'd really love to do )
But, I love teaching. I love questioning and debating and helping people think bigger, divergent thoughts.
If I share an idea and they respond: "Hmmm.. that's cool. I'd have never thought of it like that." that puts a huge smile on my face.
So, this is the first post. I started on April 11th, 2019 -- and I'll be updating this collection as I go.
Wish me luck. Say hi. I'll need any and all help I can get.