About

Welcome to Digital Notions

Digital Notions was founded in 2008 as a way to share my photography, technical discoveries, and other ramblings online. Over time, this site has evolved through numerous themes, blogging engines, and fell off of my radar after the birth of my son due to time constraints. It went through a small resurgence a couple of years ago, but the combination of a lack of time and the amount of site maintenance required pretty much discouraged too much new content.

Since then, I’ve changed jobs, stopped traveling for work, and have found the joy in writing again. In an effort to simplify, I’m migrating from Wordpress to Hugo, and will slowly be migrating any content from the old site that may still be relevant. This move to static site generation allows for me to write in markdown and generate static pages. No more PHP, not more databases. Simply static content that I can push to the web.

About Me

I am a husband, father, and product manager at GitLab. Working in a fully remote role, I have the ability to work from anywhere. It has also allowed me the ability to spend more quality time with my family, a feature of remote work that I cannot be more grateful for. My current work role allows me the opportunity to guide the vision of both the to the Plan:Certify category (Requirements & Quality Management) and the Create:Gitaly categories.

Prior to product management, I worked for over 18 years designing, coding, testing, and integrating real-time embedded control systems for military and commercial aircraft and weapon control systems.

When not working, I love to spend time outside with my family. We enjoy biking, hiking, backpacking, gardening, and general outdoor adventuring. I usually have a camera with me.

Educational Background

A native to Michigan, I was given the opportunity to attend Cranbrook Schools from first grade all the way through high school. I first became interested in computers and programming during middle school, and by the end of my high school career had formed a small business with a friend building computers and helping businesses transition to the digital era by creating web pages.

I studied Computer Science at both the University of Rochester and Michigan Technological University where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree. In 2002, I moved to Upstate New York, where I worked began work in embedded controls while earning my Masters Degree in Computer Science. I also hold minors in both Psychology and Mathematics.