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Hi, my name is Ryan... I am 29 years old and living in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. I work as Web Developer which, for any of you out there who don't know, just means that I spend a lot of time trying to make web pages be more interactive and responsive. It also means that I'm always in front of a computer and you can usually find me on AIM at waltonry or you can always send me an email at ryan.walton@njit.edu.

Personally

Not too much going on at the moment. Trying to figure out how the next portion of my story is meant to go. I had it all figured out, then things changed and now I feel like I'm back at square one. Things change, people change, situations change. It seems like a never ending cycle that can be a little intimidating for someone who doesn't like change.

Back in high school I considered myself a decent writer... but I think at that point everything was like "woah, that's deep". I keep the writings around on my website, not to be taken at face value, but as a fond memory of times past.

While in college, I got a chance to explore photography in one of my classes and ever since have done my best to work on it and generate a steady flow of pictures. All of the images you see featured in banners or otherwise displayed on this site are photographs that I have taken.

Professionally

In February of 2007 I started working for New Jersey Institute of Technology as a Web Developer in the department of University Web Services. Since my time there I have been part of many projects but was given the chance to take the lead on two major sites that have been launched this year. One was the Features site, which is based off of a small project I threw together for the interview process at NJIT. The second site was a relaunch of the university's News site. Both sites use a tagging system which allows users of the site to quickly group stories based on related tags.

Since then I have had the opportunity to travel to two conferences to present on different topics. First in Anaheim, CA and then in San Francisco, CA.

These days, I mainly work on small systems to either add functionality to NJIT's website, or build interfaces to allow easier data input (picture uploaders, eduction editor) and pretty much whatever else is needed.



Some photographs from 'San Francisco':
An excerpt from 'Self-Centered and Devoid of Thought'

We have major problems facing our culture today. I'm not talking about Trump, though in my opinion he is a prime example of both qualities mentioned in the title. I'm not talking about problems with pollution, energy or human rights, though those are all problems that certainly need addressing. I am talking about a complete willingness of so many individuals to live their everyday lives completely self-centered and devoid of thought. 

Alright, maybe that is a blanket statement, maybe it is attempting for the sensational impact...