Who Am I?

Greetings and salutations. My name is Douglas and I am the writer of this blog. I am in my late 30s, married with three children, and currently reside in the great Pacific Northwest. I have called Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Michigan, Texas and Oregon my home at points in my life. I am a toddler wrangler and diaper technician (a.k.a.: stay at home dad), a fan of all things tech, self-taught computer programmer, an amateur photographer, fanatic about sports, a gamer, and a small-time stock and cryptocurrency investor. I am a super ultra lefty and will gladly explain why I believe conservatism is a form of brain dysfunction.

Sports

Let me tell you this first and foremost: I am terrible at sports. I was not gifted with the talent of coordination. However, I do love sports. I will watch any athletic endeavor. My favorite sports are the entire football family (Association Football, Rugby Union, Rugby League, American and Canadian Football, Gaelic Football, and Australian Football) and baseball. My team, first and foremost, is the Portland Thorns🌹 from the NWSL⚽ (National Women’s Soccer League). By extension, I’m a supporter of the Portland Timbers of the MLS⚽ (Major League Soccer). I have a full list of my favorite teams by sport here.

Programming

I got a late start in life with computers. My parents didn’t own a computer until I was already in my early 20s. My first taste of programming was learning to use Javascript with HTML on my Sega Dreamcast’s browser back in 1999. From there, I taught myself Perl and PHP. Once I had my hands on a computer, I began to learn languages like C, C++, C#, R, Java, Visual BASIC, and probably a few more I can’t remember right now.

Investing

I invest in both stocks and cryptocurrency. I will not be shilling my investments here or on social media. However, if you wish to invest in either and want a safe place to do it, I recommend Robinhood (referral link). By using this referral link we both get free stock. Most commonly this is a cheap stock worth less than $10. However, Robinhood will on occasions (1 in 150 chance) give more expensive stocks such as Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, GE, etc.

Gaming

Although I don’t get to play as much as I used to, I still consider myself a gamer. I have owned almost every mainstream game console to come out since the Atari 2600. I have owned – in addition to said Atari – the Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, Game Boy, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Game Boy Color, Sega Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch.

My favorite genres are strategy, role-playing, simulation, and sports. In particular, I enjoy the Europa Universalis series, the Crusader Kings series, the Final Fantasy series, the Elder Scrolls series, Chrono Trigger, the Legend of Zelda series, Kerbal Space Program, the old 2K American Football series, the Pro Evolution Soccer series, the Out of the Park Baseball series, and the Football Manager series.