Ever since I was a kid, I've always enjoyed building things. Potato guns, bike ramps, G.I. Joe ziplines, a drip-coffee system, countless web sites and posters. So programming is a natural byproduct from that desire to build. I've been programming for iOS for the past few years, and it's still a great pleasure to see an app you've built on a device. Not only that, but it's also helping someone out.
Below are just a few quick samples of personal projects that I am working on. To see commercial work I have done, please head on over to http://chiselapps.com/
In 2004 I got my first SLR camera while living in China. I didn't know much about photography, but I knew that it captivated me. What I grew to to discover is that observation is 90% of the enjoyment for me. The actual image is actually an afterthought, a distillation of all the moments spent poring over detail and pacing back and forth noting subtle changes from different perspectives. It's amazing that photography can teach one how to look at things (their color, textures, environment, social context) and try to see something really grand in it.
I also run a blog over at tumblr where I collect my random photographs, rants and technology-related write-ups. Click on the post titles to go visit the posts and see more collected content.
Hi, I'm Mike Thongvanh. Nice to meet you.
I'm currently a U.S. Apple iOS software developer based in Slovenia, but I've worn many hats in the past. I've always been a huge tech-nerd at heart, but I formally got into it while living in China when I began working at 甘果移动 or Ganguo Mobile (formerly 红甘果科技 Hong Ganguo Technology).
I was trained in Linguistics and practiced Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) for many years working in the U.S. with immigrant populations, China and Slovenia.
I also hold a Chinese degree and studied/lived/worked in China for 6 years where in addition to teaching I also worked as a Chinese translator for Map Magazine. I don't get to do it as often as I like anymore, but I still really enjoy reading Chinese literature and translating Chinese poetry.
When I'm not sitting in front of my computer clickin' away, I like to rock climb, listen to music, play guitar and practice brazilian jiu jitsu.