If I wasn't a software engineer, I'd like to be...

Hi there! 😊

an introduction

Hello, I'm Goldy Mariz. Thanks for coming by my website and for taking the time to visit around. I'm a software engineer with almost 5 years experience in developing applications. I love learning new things and witnessing the technological advances in this so-called "Fourth Industrial Revolution".

More about me

my professional experience

In my experience as a software engineer, I have two main roles: solve bugs and create new features. Which do I like better? Well, both! Defect solution and functionality implementations are challenging and fullfilling to do.

Going through Agile workflows in my past and current employement, I have experienced multiple roles in a team. Aside from being a standard dev, I have undergone being a team leader, a business analyst and even a QA. One thing that I discovered about myself through these occassional role shifting is that, I have an inclination towards managing resources, negotiating requirements and organizing documentation. Perhaps that could be a track that I could pursue in the future.

Beyond the work hours

can't take my eyes off the screen

In my free time, I don't really do much. I like to relax through browsing reddit or sleeping. Honestly, this section could end here, I don't really do much; but that would be too boring... and empty.

Seriously! When I am feeling motivated, I play around with code and experiment with different languages and tech. Check out my Github page for my past projects. This website could be counted as an evidence for that! I recently discovered the JAMStack and its benefits. I created this current GatsbyJS version amidst the pandemic and quarantine affair, to see the advantages for myself. Sure enough, Gatsby delivered! Get started with GatsbyJS here.

Other things I love

just some recommendations

I don't really have a defined taste in things. I basically just go with my current mood and what I feel like watching, listening or reading. Nevertheless, here are timeless favorites— no matter what mood or location, I'm always down for them.

For movies, I love going back to Middle Earth and root for the best hobbit in the world, Samwise Gamgee. One could never go wrong with Lord of the Rings trilogy (extended verions please). I truly adore the lore of the Middle Earth, and the efforts that JRR Tolkien dedicated in the world building. Although the movies are great adaptations, I still like going back and reading The Lord of the Rings novels.

I am a sucker for the fantasy genre. My favorite literary work is A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin. I love how the characters are written to reflect humanity in real life, with grey morality in characters and complexities in politics. For manga, I highly recommend Shingeki No Kyojin.

For music, the only album I could listen to on repeat forever would be In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel. To be honest, I don't fully understand the whole album, but it's an amazing auditory experience. A close runner up would be the self titled album of GUNSHIP to accompany late night existential thoughts.

Speaking of existential thoughts, I believe Neon Genesis Evangelion delivers that with its exploration in human psyche and emotions. It seems like a mecha early on, but I promise, it is a beautiful melancholic slow burn. Like Breaking Bad! Such a well-crafted show worth the patience and occasional fly swatting attempts. Better Call Saul, its prequel spin-off series, is also exceptional.

Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis The Wise?

I thought not.

It's not a story the Jedi would tell you. It's a Sith legend. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise he could use the Force to influence the midichlorians to create life… He had such a knowledge of the dark side, he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying.

The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural. He became so powerful… the only thing he was afraid of was losing his power, which eventually, of course, he did. Unfortunately, he taught his apprentice everything he knew, then his apprentice killed him in his sleep. Ironic. He could save others from death, but not himself.
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