[Geeks Are Sexy] : Introducing theMatt
Kiltak recently extended me an offer to contribute content to this awesome blog. I figured it'd be a good idea to introduce myself before posts started mysteriously appearing with an author other than the site's owner.
I'm currently finishing up my Junior year at a small liberal-arts college in Washington State. I've declared a major in Studio Art (think applied arts, or something similar...yes, it's a real degree), and I'm a member of my school's IT support staff. Though I've been interested in computers and Information Technology for several years, I've only been actively exposed to the IT industry for about two years.
Since most of my work revolves around end-user support in a relatively diverse computing environment, I'm evolving into somewhat of a generalist. If I absolutely had to define a specific speciality, at this point it'd probably be "the aesthetic and technical nuances of web design." Besides staffing the school's helpdesk, doing on-site network troubleshooting, and managing some of the school's computer labs (and the consultants that staff them), I've spent a fair amount of time doing web development for the IT department, and various other random people around campus.
Even though a lot of people greet my bubbling excitement about the latest cool little computery trick I learned with blank stares, shaking heads, or the almost sad "you're such a geek," I maintain the mindset that I'm still quite the newbie. I have just enough experience and knowledge to see a pretty clear picture of how much I really don't know. I'm always trying to learn more, and am fascinated by something new almost every time I hit one of my favorite tech-related websites. I hope that my rambling posts, and (hopefully) witty remarks will bring you some of the same "whoa, that's cool" or "huh, that's uh....weird and interesting" moments I've enjoyed hunting down since I started fitting some definitions of "geek".
Oh, and yes, Matt is indeed my real name.