My passion lies on the front-end building great user experiences, but I also have professional experience on the backend working with PHP, Laravel, Node, and relational databases.
I am also a part-time lecturer at the University of Southern California, teaching web development courses to students from all backgrounds.
Outside of my tech life, I live a vegan lifestyle, play ice hockey, and enjoy traveling the world with my wife.
We don't need to eat animals or their secretions (milk and eggs) to survive or be healthy. We don't need to experiment on them to make sure products are safe to use. We don't need to wear their skin or their fur to stay warm. Even if you were tricked into believing that free-range, cage-free, or grass-fed animals lived a good life, they were still slaughtered when they didn't want to die in order to end up on your plate. How can we morally justify exploiting animals when we don't need to? Is our taste worth more than their life? If slaughtering animals isn't good enough for your eyes, why is it good enough for your stomach?
If this makes you feel guilty or uneasy, I know how you feel. I felt the same way when I learned about all of the ways animals were exploited on my behalf. I found that going vegan wasn't as hard as I had thought, and by doing so, I cleared my conscious because I aligned my actions with my values of being against animal cruelty.
This is a picture of me giving water to a pig moments before slaughter in Downtown Los Angeles.