Who is Buddy Lindsey?
I am a lot of things, but chief among them are a Maker and Teacher. I love to learn new things, then once I learn the new things teach them to others. It seems to take me a while to learn, but once I know them I retain the knowledge for a really long time.
From a personal perspective I am a Christian, husband, father, provider, and fierce individualist. I strive to live by example, and be a model for my children to live up to. I work to model the behavior I want to instill in my children from work ethic, and being a good husband to having fun and being courteous.
What Does Buddy Lindsey Do?
I am a teacher and mentor. Not in the public school sense, but everything I do drives me towards helping others learn.
During my day job I am a “Principal Software Engineer” which basically means I make a lot of the decisions on how the entire software system and ecosystem works. I then help convey that to others. I also mentor newer developers to help them gain knowledge and experience.
Outside of family, the rest of my life is consumed with learning, doing, and teaching others. The first thing I do when I learn something new I try to figure out if/how I can teach it to others.
Over many years I have developed the skill of teaching to break things down so others don’t go through my frustrations. That is the purpose of this site. I want to document my journey of learning new things, and then teach people my hard won lessons.
I don’t have a lot to mention right now because I only started doing DIY stuff in 2019 for real. Before then I would mostly do software development.
Things of Note
- I restored a 1970’s Delta Unisaw
- More to come…
I am wanting to keep this site to be mostly about DIY and Making, but if you want software development stories hit me in the contact page.
Learning and Teaching Styles
This is a weird section in an “About Me” page. At first it seems like it, but it really drives why I make content and like to teach people.
I am a visual learner, almost to a fault. As an example I spent many times trying to learn polymorphism as a software developer. I read sections out of at least 10 books. Never could get it during college lectures either, even with a good professor teaching it.
One day at my first “tech” job I was talking to a developer there, and I mentioned that I wasn’t able to figure out polymorphism. He told me “Oh that is a super complicated term for something very simple”. I was skeptical.
He then proceeded to write six lines of code, and boom it all clicked into place. Every example and explanation of polymorphism made complete sense. It was like a lighting strike with how sudden I got it.
I remember the moment exactly. It was a defining moment in my life, and would shape my life forever. Not the polymorphism, but what I saw that day.
Dramatic much…? Maybe a little, but let me explain.
That moment taught me 3 things.
- It re-affirmed the 3 types of learning seeing, hearing, and reading. I am a visual learner. Amazingly it was the act of watching him type the words, and the order in which he typed them that solidified the knowledge.
- There can be 100s of explanations out there, and you can go through them all until you find that one that works for you. Hopefully someone will produce it. This is the reason I don’t care about teaching the same thing that is already out there. I might explain it differently that helps that one person, and that makes all the difference.
- That sense of accomplishment, and relief that I felt I want others to feel as well. I was so overjoyed to finally know what polymorphism was, and I never had to worry about learning it again. I want others to feel that too.
Those are the principals I am bringing to this site. It is why I am working to do blog posts, video tutorials, and audio podcasts. I want to provide as much opportunity to as many people as I can to learn. I want to provide that moment of “Aha, I finally understand”.
What I Wish For You
I want for you to learn something. To be inspired. To realize you can do anything you set your mind to.
You may be behind someone in your skill level, but as soon as you start you are ahead of someone else. You can provide value even with a week of knowledge.
I am a believer that nothing comes naturally to anyone everything is learned. All you have to do is start learning and doing, and before you know it you will know how to do what you want.
Please feel free to browse around the site, and I hope you find something you can learn from or be inspired to do.