Technical | General | Software Applications | Other Stuff

For a more general picture of me and my capabilities, please see my About page and Portfolio.

Technical Skills

My technical skills are first and foremost task-oriented, with an emphasis on how diverse parts fit together rather than wizard-level programming. As a whole, my abilities here are best suited to web development oriented applications.

  • Programming concepts and applications, such as loops, arrays and object-oriented programming (PHP, some Javascript)
  • Basic database design and management (via MySQL and phpMyAdmin)
  • Basic Unix command line and SSH processes (primarily via OS X Terminal)
  • FTP-based and local server management
  • HTML (including XHTML transitional and HTML5) and XML
  • Stylesheets (including CSS2, CSS3, and basic device detection/responsive design)
  • Dynamic website design via PHP (modular structure integrated utilizing PHP includes)
  • Querying and processing MySQL database data via PHP
  • WordPress CMS development and management (content creation, user management, widgets, SEO, security, taxonomies).
  • WordPress theme customization and development (child themes, CSS, PHP partials/includes)
  • Basic website-oriented graphic design
  • Metadata development

General Skills

In addition to my technical skills, my background draws from the academic Humanities and non-academic work experience within a major Alberta utility company.

  • General computer literacy, including iOS/Windows 8/OS X, including DOS prompt
  • Project design and management
  • Environmental scans
  • Writing, ranging from academic to informal to business
  • Research, including synthesis of concepts
  • Critical thinking, including big-picture and systems-level thinking
  • Public speaking (particularly at academic conferences)
  • Customer service (internal and external, including general public)
  • Data entry and record tracking
  • Office administration
  • Event planning and coordination (particularly of training events)
  • Alberta land management (particularly right of way encroachment resolution)

Software Applications

I am comfortable with a variety of common software applications, including:

  • Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access)
  • Apple iWork Suite (Pages, Numbers and Keynote)
  • Google Apps (Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, et al)
  • Adobe Apps (Acrobat Professional, PhotoShop, Illustrator)
  • FTP programs (such as Fugu or CyberDuck)
  • phpMyAdmin
  • Programming-oriented text editors (such as TextWrangler)
  • WordPress (both as a general-use blogging platform and as a full website content management system)
  • Omeka (as a CMS for exhibit development)
  • Google Analytics

Other Stuff of Note

I also have experience with the following:

  • Conference live-tweeting
  • Blogging and blog management
  • Fiction writing (NaNoWriMo participant, 2013 and 2014)