about

This page is a good starting point if you want to learn a bit about me. My interests include photography, writing, reading, technology, and occasionally making music.

I hope my opinions and observations on this site aren’t that terrible.


Jake

Writing

I write for a handful of personal blogs of mine, obviously including the one you are on now. My private blog, which I won’t link here, consists of general ramblings about my life and serves as a logbook of sorts.

This blog, however, is intended to be a bit more focused on technology and things of that sort rather than a catch-all public journal. Right now, I’m beginning a long road towards learning the basics of web development, starting with HTML/CSS/JS, and currently study C++ while attending college for Computer Science.

I write most of my blog posts and some unpublished short stories in iA Writer or Typora for macOS. Once I’m finished, I push the markdown files to GitHub to serve to whichever website I’m writing for at the time.

Photography

I’m a hobbyist photographer and have yet to built up an online portfolio besides what is posted on my personal Instagram. Maybe one day I’ll get around to that, but it isn’t a high priority right now as I just shoot for fun.

I use a Nikon D5600 as my primary camera. My list of equipment is short, but includes a cheap tripod, some external flashes, and a Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens to compliment my two standard kit lenses. Adobe Lightroom is usually where I edit all of my photos, but I’m hoping to find a decent open-source RAW editor/cataloguer to cut down on unnecessary costs and support FOSS.

Technology

This is easily my biggest interest and reaches every corner of my life. Everything I do has something to do with technology, from the tasks I do at work to the activities I participate in at home and elsewhere.

My Computer

The place where I do nearly everything is my trusty mid-2014 15” MacBook Pro with Retina. I got it as a high school graduation gift before heading off to university some seven years ago (wow, it’s been that long?), and it hasn’t shown many signs of slowing down aside from a single battery replacement. Below are some internal specifications.

  • CPU: 2.2GHz Quad-Core Intel i7-4770HQ
  • GPU: Integrated Intel Iris Pro 1536mb
  • RAM: 16gb 1600MHz DDR3

It’s nothing special, but it gets the job done and runs just fine for what I use it for. Right now it’s running whatever the current macOS beta is, which at the time of writing is version 11.1.

I often use Magnet for tiling my windows, but most of the time simply keep my focused window fullscreen. I’ve been using zsh as my default shell for years but very recently jumped into fish to test the waters (pun intended). I stick to the stock terminal that ships with macOS rather than something like iTerm or Hyper mainly due to its speed and simplicity. Nearly all text-based files I write are edited in Nova, though I’m slowly but surely attempting the transition to Vim.

I’ve used Windows for my entire pre-college life, but much prefer the design and inner-workings of macOS. I’ve dabbled in a handful of Linux distributions like Debian, Ubuntu, ElementaryOS, Mint, and Arch, but always return to macOS. Maybe one day I’ll switch to a lightweight Linux distribution, but today I’m happy with this setup.

My Phone

My iPhone 11 Pro Max gets me through the days when I’m caught without my computer. There’s not much to say about it; it’s a fantastic device and it does everything I need. Besides obviously talking and texting, I use it to take photos when I don’t have my Nikon on me, write down drafts and blurbs of topics I want to write about later, and browse the web.

Stock apps on iOS are almost always good enough for me, but there’s a few third-party apps that I love and use frequently. If you’re interested, those can be found here.

The entire iOS vs Android debate frustrates me and I simply don’t subscribe to it. Apple devices have what I want and work flawlessly for what I need to use them for, so I prefer to use them. If you don’t like them, Android is awesome too; use whatever you enjoy most, it doesn’t and shouldn’t matter to anyone else.

Social Media

My handles and usernames across the web vary depending on the site and what I use it for. I have a Facebook account, but deleted every one of my status updates years ago and only check for notifications from family members once in a blue moon. I mostly just use Twitter for my standard social networking needs. Instagram is where I post my photos after traveling or visiting a new place with my girlfriend, but I don’t really scroll through my feed very often if ever. Snapchat, TikTok, and any other social networking flavor-of-the-month is essentially nonexistent in my life.

Reddit on the other hand gets a bit too much use for me. I don’t follow any default subreddits besides r/news, and only follow about 10 total, mainly for hockey, development help, and music updates. I delete all of my comments and posts every once in awhile with Shreddit. I also browse Lobste.rs, though not nearly as often as Reddit, and unfortunately don’t have much to contribute just yet.

Contacting Me

If you do happen to want to reach out to me, feel free to shoot me an email or contact me on Twitter with one of the buttons below.