I am a singer/songwriter, composer, pianist/keyboardist, audio programmer, and an audio engineer. I am a member of our family band, Fairyfly. I am also a digital artist, software developer, and I manage all the technology our company uses.
I’ve been Vegan for animals since 2012, thanks to ultra-endurance athlete Rich Roll, and Whole-Food Plant-Based for optimal health since 2016, thanks to Michael Greger, MD FALCM. I highly recommend Dr. Greger’s non-profit website, NutritionFacts.org, and his book, “How Not To Die.” You can also learn more about Veganism and a WFPB Diet on our Vegan Resources page.
I also practice yoga, which I learned from Esther Ekhart’s YouTube Channel.
Music is my favorite form of entertainment. My favorite song is “Let It Go,” from my favorite movie, Frozen. Some of my favorite singers include Sara Bareilles, Sia, Idina Menzel, A Fine Frenzy (Alison Sudol), Marié Digby, and Owl City.
I use Free/Libre Open-Source Software for almost everything I do on my computers, and I run Debian GNU/Linux on them. Open-Source Software gives me more power and freedom than proprietary software.
I initially taught myself computer programming in high school for my science projects. I continue to use that skill to write Bash and Python scripts to help secure our website and computers, manage our email, help us create our products and run our backup system.
I grew up writing stories, poems, composing music, drawing, winning student writing contests, as well as performing Mexican ballet folkloric dance with groups and as a brother duo on stages and television.
I entered original electric motors that I designed and built in the San Diego science fair during 9th Grade and won the sweepstakes award to be one of two students to represent San Diego at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. I also won various other category and professional honors, as well as a First Place in San Diego and at the California State Science and Engineering Fair that year, and a professional award from IEEE at the international science fair. I worked during the next three years of high school on a project with electrostatic motors.
I learned C programming to provide a design interface and to operate my own Computer-Numeric-Controlled (CNC) machine that I designed and built to produce more precise parts for my motors. In 12th Grade I received ten regional awards, as in 9th Grade. I also received Second Place to a National Science Fair Award by the International Chapter of AFCEA, as well as several regional awards in 11th, and a First Place award all three years in the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair to compete at the State Fair.
Disclaimer: Exercise extreme caution whenever working with high voltage, and minimize exposure to chemicals such as lead when working with electronics, plastics and metals. I would recommend talking with professionals on the use of proper safety equipment and best practices, such as the use of insulation, gloves or respirators where appropriate.
As careful as I was, even talking with engineers, I still got two accidental electric shocks in the time I spent working with electrostatic motors.
And I wish I had used my solderless socket boards instead of soldering a circuit board, because it would have saved me a lot of time and reduced my exposure to lead, even though I was using a respirator.