Hello World

Doing a proper introduction

January 24th, 2023

Last week I revived my blog with my first post in two years and boy did that feel great. I feel the old writing juices stirring again.

However, I realize now that I jumped straight into the weeds about things like my intended writing cadence, the web framework I used, the IndieWeb crowd I’ve been hanging out with…

…but I completely forgot to introduce myself. Whoops.

Let’s try this again!

Who I Am Now

πŸ‘‹  Hi there! My name is Al.

πŸ’Ό  Professionally, I’m a designer and product guy, usually on early teams. After a whirlwind 15 years at SF startups, I moved back to my hometown of San Diego.

🚴  Since moving back, I’ve gotten into old passions like Disneyland, photography and cycling, as well as new outdoorsy hobbies like camping and bikepacking.

My tank of a bicycle in bikepacking mode
Desert camping

My Origin Story

πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡·  Turkish-American, immigrated to the U.S. when I was 3. Still fluent and very close to my family back in the old country. Fortunate that I've been able to spend extended stints there over the years for both school and work.

πŸ’»  First computer experience was writing a chat program in BASIC on a TI-99/4A in grade school.

🧠  Was pre-med in college and worked in a neuroscience lab.

⚽️  Played soccer my whole life until I blew out my knee trying to go pro abroad.

Things I Love

❀️  My wife, even if she won’t let me take pictures of her.

πŸ•  My two little chihuahuas, who can’t object to having their pictures taken.

πŸ„πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ  The ocean. I haven’t been able to do watersports lately because of a neck sprain, so instead I’ve been getting my kick by doing photo shoots of others.

My buddy Joe going bodysurfing
Surfers at Sunset Cliffs

πŸ”οΈ  The mountains, especially in the winter.

Cooking breakfast
Car camping

πŸ€“  Grassroots artisanal web creators.

The IndieWeb group recently met in San Diego

🀳🏼 Candid photos of interesting people.

A fisherman in the San Diego River
My neighbor with a rich life story
A young man at Crystal Pier
Friendly couple & their perfectly restored Willy

🧬  Science fiction. I read seven of the Dune books leading up to the movie. Last year I was blown away by The Three Body Problem and am currently reading more from Liu Cixin.

πŸš€  Space exploration. It’s happening and we should do it right this time.

That About Covers It

This was fun to write! I have an About page in a fun slideshow format that I haven’t updated in years, so it was fun to do a newer expanded version in a different format.

Thanks for reading! Cheers πŸ₯‚