My name is Daniel Flanagan. I was born in Virginia (but my family didn’t stay long) and now live in Kansas City, Missouri. My family still lives in the area and I have 6 awesome little brothers. Yes, my parents had seven boys and are fantastic. I’m married and have a son of my own, who is an absolute joy! I love my family quite a lot.
I’m a systems engineer/software developer and an elder-in-training for my small church where I run all the tech and audio-visual systems. My faith is the framework around which I’ve built my life and it plays a pivotal role in all aspects of my life.
I’m a big proponent of self-discipline and working from home. My favorite video game has to be Super Smash Bros. Melee. I listen to a lot of metal and electronic music. My favorite drink is Red Bull Yellow Edition and I prefer tea over coffee. I run GNU/Linux (Arch btw) on all my machines. My keyboard is an ErgoDox Infinity that was a blast to put together.
My wife, Valerie, is absolutely the most beautiful and lovely woman in the entire world. She’s a Physical Therapist Assistant by vocation and somewhat of a fitness and health nut, which has yet to rub off on me (darn!). Now she raises our son Oliver and savors every second. We’ve been married since late 2016 and we fall more in love every day. We currently live in a cozy little apartment which she somehow manages to keep clean, organized, and well-decorated while managing a growing baby boy.
How Did I Get Started?
I grew up not around the dining table, but around the keyboard or latest
Nintendo console; video games were bonding and family time. I discovered
programming through my dad who showed me
QBASIC after I persisted in asking
how video games were made. Within a few weeks I had made a simple snake game and
he then bought me a book titled C# for the Absolute Beginner and that was it.
I was hooked.
I moved from C# to the web quite naturally, as the things I wanted to make were community-oriented and I loved the idea of users or friends not needing to install anything to use what I made. I got niche-famous in the video game modding scene and had a handful of other neat projects. I also had a job washing cars after I dropped out of high school (because college was expensive and time consuming and I could already write code… or so I told myself) when a recruiter found some of my work and landed me my first programming gig.
And now… here I am!