About

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HULLO! I am Rachel J. Morris.

I am various things, I suppose. I’m approximately [currentYear – 1988] years old, I’m a programmer, artist, and pianist. I am also interested in learning languages, from Japanese and Korean to Esperanto, Ido, and toki pona.

I grew up with PC gaming- my parents wouldn’t let me have a video game console early on. Commander Keen, Doom, Monkey Island, Jetpack, Jazz Jackrabbit, The Incredible Machine, all those good things. I began working when I was 16, so I have mostly caught up on cosole gaming since then. 🙂

I was homeschooled as a child, and probably one of the few homeschoolers belonging to a secular family. I got an Associates and Bachelors degree in Computer Science, associates from MCC-Longview and bachelors from UMKC. I hopped between a few different programs at the graduate level, but it’s pretty expensive. I want to get a masters degree in CompSci eventually, but I have to find the right place.

I’ve worked as a software developer, web developer, and adjunct CS instructor. I also spend a lot of time on my personal hobbies, or as I call them now, “my business, Moosader”. I’ve been making written/video tutorials about game programming since 2008, making games and websites for fun, and sometimes I even animate!

Contact

Want to contact me?

My email address is RachelJMorris at gmail dot com

I am also frequently on IRC, on the irc.freenode.net server in the #Moosader channel.

Resume/Portfolio

My LinkedIn is kept the most up-to-date.

Random Achievements

  • Creator of Moosader.com & maintainer of the gamedev-based forum and IRC community
  • Creator and lazy maintainer of ArtSader, which ought to either be rebuilt or destroyed. It is a directory website for public domain & CC-By licensed art/music for use in projects.
  • Creator of several notable YouTube-based game development tutorials, including “Beginner’s Guide to Game Programming”
  • Published several Android apps.
  • Occasional adjunct instructor, also holding informal classes for various groups. General advocate for creativity, STEM, and generally making-cool-stuff.
  • Creator of Esperanimeo.com, an Esperanto-language entertainment blog, and MoosaderEO on YouTube
  • Creator of NiaIdo.com, an Ido-language community and blog, and MoosaderIdo on YouTube
  • Secularly homeschooled, begun taking classes at Metropolitan Community College at the age of 14.
  • Bachelors of Science in Computer Science in 2009 from University of Missouri, Kansas City

I also keep a Tumblr of some of the really nice feedback I’ve received from various people over the years. You can view my feedback blog here.

Stuff I like to do

  • Make original films (usually animations) in conlangs (constructed languages) like Esperanto and Ido.
  • Build countless websites for my hobbies (so far this one, a creative commons art page, an Esperanto entertainment blog with multiple authors, an Ido community/blog, a project page for my cousin and I, and I also run several IRC channels and an Esperanto practicing Google+ Group…)
  • Study languages that have non-roman writing systems (I love Hangul, Katakana & Hiragana)
  • Dance Dance Revolution / In The Groove. (ITG is superior)
  • Watch TV from my childhood (I get very nostalgic)
  • Sew, paint, crochet
  • Read about the beginnings of game companies that were big in the 90s (iD, Sierra, Origin)
  • K-Dramas, anime, Let’s Plays, and cartoons from my childhood are guilty pleasures.

My Rolemodels

  • John Carmack
  • Tim Schafer
  • Ron Gilbert
  • Roberta Williams
  • Salman Khan
  • Bob Cotter (UMKC CS Teacher)
  • Cindy Herbert (MCC CS Teacher)
  • Jason Pallett (MCC Math Teacher)
  • Janet Wyatt (MCC Math Teacher)

Moosader.com

I’ve been building websites since the Geocities days, back in my tween years. As I learned more about web development, I would make custom webpages for myself. Though these days, my main website (Moosader.com) is obviously a WordPress blog. I just got tired of writing complex back-ends with PHP, ASP.NET MVC, and Django for it. 😉

The Moosader page has been around for a while, but unfortunately I never kept detailed records of the site when I first started as a teenager (therefore, I don’t have an exact version #).

Here are some old layouts…

(Yes, I have a bad habit of updating the layout every year. x_x)

website-2008a website-2008b website-2009 website-2010 website-2011 website-2012

My Favorite Video Games…

(Because I gotta put this somewhere… right?)

While growing up…

  • Monkey Island series (+ other LucasArts Adventures)
  • King’s Quest series
  • Diablo 2
  • Commander Keen
  • Jazz Jackrabbit
  • Quake 1 & Quake 3 Arena
  • Unreal Tournament series
  • Xmas Jetpack
  • The Incredible Machine
  • Metal Gear Solid series
  • Legend of Mana / Mana series
  • Beyond Good & Evil
  • Jak & Daxter
  • Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
  • Spyro the Dragon (Insomniac series)
  • Croc series
  • Oddworld series
  • Prince of Persia Sands of Time
  • Warcraft 1 and 2 (and Starcraft)
  • Fire Emblem
  • Shinobi II (GameGear version)
  • Harvest Moon
  • Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator
  • Monster Rancher
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island

These days…

This is based on what I’ve played since being an adult 🙂

  • To the Moon
  • Mark of the Ninja
  • Portal Series
  • Half Life Series
  • The Walking Dead (Telltale)
  • Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
  • Psychonauts
  • Brutal Legend
  • Stacking
  • A Boy and his Blob (Wii Remake)
  • Orcs Must Die
  • Braid
  • Rayman Origins
  • Fable Series
  • Klonoa series
  • Draglade
  • Picross
  • Scribblenauts
  • The Guardian Legend
  • The Dig
  • Saints Row the Third
  • Bastion

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