Judging the book by its heading, he/him is apparently someone with a mild case of unixbearditis. But wait, there’s more?
Although I think it’s a dangerous term, I guess by some definition I am a full-stack developer. After all, why wouldn’t you want to have a unicorn on your team; but one can argue if they really exist. I have dealt with Rails, node/express/NestJS, even some Django-type ORM stuff and GraphQL servers. I have actually worked as an administrator for an ISP. I know about networking. I have an understanding of SQL things. I would say I don’t exactly daydream about relational databases, REST APIs and GraphQL queries; and although AWS, Azure and microservices are the hottest s**t (and they work for some projects), I’m usually not too keen on them and their complexity. However, as a developer I think it’s essential to be able to work with these things, too; equally essential is to know your limits.
Here’s a track record of my recent employers:
Although often relevant in my day job, this far I have mostly pursued my design interests elsewhere. I’ve done tons of posters, album covers and other advertising materials related to my musical endeavours; often to my friends and live music organizations I am or have been a part of. This far I have been tasked annually to create and execute the brand for our summer festival Pikipop, which is one of the larger entities I have done, always enjoy doing and have the time for. I have even designed the visuals and the UX for a few applications, using Sketch and Figma. I usually work with Adobe Creative Cloud products, but have taken up Affinity products as well; them being fast, not crashing and all that. I often end up OCD’ing about typography. I am no stranger to design systems, and usually design everything with a thought for a unified and cohesive looks and experiences anyway – and with the developer skills, I should think I know how to design something that can be handed over to a developer. Unfortunately, I don’t have a portfolio of any kind yet, but I’m working on it. (Hopefully that doesn’t have a 90’s under construction GIF written all over it …)
Ever the aesthete, I would naturally pick up another pastime of the expensive kind: photography. It is also a thing that’s very hard to advertise oneself as. I’m not exactly a studio photographer; I tend to shoot in the street or in the nature. I’ve been through my fair share of equipment, just to arrive something I am comfortable with: a small and lightweight setup, so the equipment is there when the photo needs taking. What may be more useful in a work-related environment is that I also know my way around post-processing, using a bit of Lightroom magic. You can take a look at some of my photography here, but as of writing, that vault is strongly a work in progress.
A thing I’ve spent most my pastime with. I am an avid music lover, and that means consuming it in most any forms. As hard as it has sometimes been to acknowledge for a generalist aesthete, who has studied the field mostly by putting the cart before the horses – i.e. not too scholarly, I am a musician. What once started by picking up the guitar has become regularly playing the bass and the drums as well, in a number of groups even two hands worth of fingers can’t count.
I am also a producer and an audio engineer. I have no idea what it means to advertise ones skills in these matters, but over the years I should like to think I have amassed quite the knowledge on music history and theory that can be combined to vast knowledge of how instruments, effect, amplifiers, mixing consoles and audio interfaces work – to create something that potentially moves people. I have recorded, mixed and mastered many albums, and I think I may have even found “my sound”, if you will. Other than that it’s probably chemistry and psychology, but I certainly would like to do this in a more day job manner!
Below is some of my work. You can find many of them in popular streaming services, but I choose to link to Bandcamp, in case you would find yourself liking the music as much as to even buy it!
If you’ve read this far, you may have noticed I can communicate quite well in a written form; in English, no less. But trust me, I can do it also in Finnish – and spoken, too! I brush up my … wordsmithiness of course by reading, and I don’t know how to top Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams or P.G. Wodehouse. Although I have no formal training to be A Certified Enterprise Content Designer™, I do often write, even just to brush up my writing. Sometimes something condensed enough to be a toot (you know, the tweet equivalent in Mastodon), sometimes pages’ worth; it often ends up more or less markuskajo-ish. All this is to say, I should think myself skilled enough to articulate my thoughts somewhat clearly in whatever work-related environment; and even to create textual content.
Something that defines me strongly is that I have HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) traits; I especially recognize the depth of processing associated with it. It’s an urge to know and learn a lot of things, kind of an attempt at building a whole, a coherent image of how everything relates to everything. This goes nicely hand-in-hand with the sensory sensitivity: I am a keen observer. All this is most likely closely connected to how I have had people describe me, too: I am calm, not exactly impulsive, and empathetic. I should think I’m fairly adept at understanding other people’s point of views.
- Changed the italic “Change” font to “Arno Pro”, since it rendered like s**t with Safari.
- Added links to photographs and to writings.
- Added work history and personal traits.
- Added whole new content for 2023.