About

Photo of Brent Swisher at Octoberfest
I’m Brent

I’ve always hated writing an autobiography for this page, so instead, you get some tidbits about me, and you can make your own conclusions.

I’ve had this website since October 2008.

As a kid, I wanted to be both a farmer and a garbage man – my father and grandfather’s professions at the time – when I grew up. I still think these are both admirable goals.

I live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

I started dating my now wife (Melonie) 15 years ago, she’s pretty swell.

We recently had our first kid (Henry), he is also pretty swell.

I have a dog (Maya) who likes to take me for walks every morning.

I used to hate cats, then Sophia came along and changed my mind. Now, another cat (Sabrina) lives in our attic and tolerates me occasionally using it as an office.

Work

I’m a full-stack developer. I like working on every aspect of web development, from database structure to design. Lately, I’ve been enjoying React.

I am a senior web developer for Grand Valley State University.

I also run a (very) small web development business: The Web Counts.

In the past, I have been a(n): Ice Cream Scooper (actual job title), Waiter, Furniture Delivery Driver, Caterer, Computer Lab Technician, and Network Administrator.

When I’m not coding

I drink a lot of tea and blog about it.

I like making beer, which my friends say it is slightly above average.

I recently started making things with wood.

I play soccer, admittedly a bit less intensely than I did in high school.

Random things that make me sounds more exciting than I really am

I’ve gone skydiving and white-water rafting.

Ich spreche ein bisschen Deutsch – well, that might be a stretch, but I’m working on it.

Enter the Konami code on gvsu.edu you can play the 8-bit javascript game I created with my coworkers: “Legend of Louie.”

I once toured the Picasso Museum in Spain with a huge coffee stain across the front of my shirt, it was humiliating.

I’ve trained in both Muay Thai and Krav Maga.

I grew up on a pig farm. We also had at various times up to 8 cats (outside), dogs, goats, and a horse.

Our house was built in 1920, and I love working on it, notable completely rewiring it. I only shocked myself once, and it was replacing a lightbulb after I finished with all the wiring.

I completed an Olympic-length Triathlon.

Yo hablo un poco Español. (En verdad, yo estudió español en escuela y yo no recuerdo mucho.)

I rode my bike across the entire state of Michigan, on a 1970’s Schwinn I got off craigslist for $50 no less.

I love to travel: 25 states and 8 foreign countries so far.

Some Photos

Photo of my wife and our friends visiting the Zurich Film Festival