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Meet the Interns (A Cheeky Monkey Media Series): Jared Beckler

Meet the Interns: Jared Beckler

Recently, Cheeky Monkey Media selected two interns from the Epicodus Drupal Development Track. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Epicodus, it is “a vocational school for aspiring programmers” based in Portland, Oregon.

After what seemed like weeks of listening to Gene and Rick interview potential interviews, where they asked them, along with a number of other things, whether they preferred Starship Enterprise or the Millennium Falcon, we finally settled on Jordan Meier (psst, check out her interview here) and Jared Beckler.

Eager to get to know the new monkeys, who seemed pretty cool, we decided to ask them some questions, mostly not about Drupal or their developer capabilities. After all, we don’t need to ask them what they can do with a keyboard, we see their work.

Oh, did we mention they work remotely? This is important because it makes it harder for us to uncover their quirks. We had to be a bit sneaky with the questions.

Now, without the further ado, we introduce you to, the boy monkey intern: Jared Beckler.

Q. Did you always want to be a developer?

A. Not always, but computers were always something that interested me.

I started playing around with building stuff back in the MySpace days. (For those of you that don’t know what MySpace is - yes, it still exists - it was one of the early social media platforms). I like figuring out how stuff works and making things with my hands. I know that’s not really the same thing, but I like making stuff come together.


Q. What did you want to be as a child?

A. Oh, that’s a hard one. I’ve always wanted to help people in some way. So probably a police officer or a firefighter. Later on - I was a lacrosse player - I wanted to be a physical therapist. When I told him that I had wanted to be a good witch and Jordan a pirate, he also admitted to wanting to be a cowboy. As a child, he loved toy horses, a cowboy hat, and a lasso.


Q. What’s your favorite thing to eat?

A. Cliff bars, trail mix, and pizza.


Q. Oh, are you a bodybuilder or … then?

A. No. I’m actually a vegetarian. It was actually an experiment. Ethics didn’t really play into it, I just wanted to see if I could do it. I started to feel better, less lethargic so I stayed with it.


Q. What’s your least favorite thing to eat?

A. Brussel sprouts. And oysters. They’re like eating a giant loogie. ← For those who are unfamiliar with the term, according to the top definition on Urban Dictionary, a  “loogie” is: “a large slimy glob of spit, mixed with nose snot, that is formed by coughing up and hocking what’s in your throat.” It is not something you do in polite company. Parents, Urban Dictionary is an excellent resource for previously unheard terms and phrases said by your children.


Q. What are your hobbies?

A. Biking around town. It’s Portland so there are always new places to eat and new brewhouses to check out. I like going to the beach and snowboarding. I also like hiking. I used to be a boy scout so that kind of explains that.


Q. Do you like reading?

A. I do but I don’t get to do nearly as much as I’d like to. I’m really good at getting halfway through something and then forgetting about it. I have a bunch like that right here. I’m actually reading a book about Elon Musk’s life up to this point. It is titled Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance.

Jared also told me that he liked to play video games. This is one of the things that got him interested in computers. His favorites were BioShock and NBA. Jared is a huge Portland Trail Blazers fan and likes to watch games when he has the chance.


Q. Starship Enterprise or Millennium Falcon?

A. Not Star Trek, so the Millennium Falcon.

*For those of you who are unfamiliar with these space traveling ships, the first is from Star Trek and the second is from Star Wars. Please also note that if you do not know this in your interview, you have failed the question. While there is no right answer, you are required to understand the question. This does not mean you will not get the job.


Q. Do you have any pets?

A. A former roommate’s cat.  Another previous roommate had a Boston Terrier but she moved too. The cat’s name is Maybe because we couldn’t decide what to name her. We were always saying maybe we should name her this, maybe we should name her that.


Q. What’s your favorite animal?

A. Birds. Just the thought of being able to fly around is really cool. But I enjoy all animals.


Q. What’s your favorite tech tool?

A. Sublime Text. I used to use Atom, but Sublime Text is more intuitive. Just the way that it is set up. It also crashes a lot less. I suppose it’s ok that our interns do not agree on which is best.

There are also a few Google Chrome extensions I use regularly. Wappalyzer tells you what your site is.The main screen size one that I use is simply called Window Resizer v2. It also displays your browser and viewport dimensions when you are changing the size so you can see right where things in the DOM break or don't look as they should. The other is called ColorPick Eyedropper. It lets you find out what the color codes on the page are.

Chrome just has a tooooon of developer extensions and a lot can definitely come in handy. Firefox has quite a few as well but I have just been using Chrome for a while.


Q. Where did you go to school?

A. I went to Portland State University. I had no idea what I was doing and took general studies. Then I stopped pretending.


Q. How did you pick Epicodus?

A. I found Epicodus through a good friend. Actually, I knew a bunch of people that had gone there. I knew that they did good work.


Q. Have you done an internship before?

A. No.


Q. What were you expecting?

A. A little bit of a struggle figuring things out. I didn’t want it coming across like I didn’t know anything. Doing it remotely was a bit different too.


Q. What’s your music of choice?

A. I’m all over the place. Indie-Alternative. Elliott Smith. The Shins. Older type Southern rock. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. Jazz shows. As long it feels good to my ears.


Q. Favorite Instrument?

A. The upright bass, and there is an unused electric bass sitting in my room.


And there you have it kind readers, Jared in a nutshell. No, we jest. There is more to him than that, but, hopefully, this gives you an idea who the intern behind the computer is. And, while we probably won’t be seeing him in person, we know he is dressed a little fancier and probably isn’t wearing shorts. He just isn’t a big shorts guy.

Again, our interns are pretty kick-a%$ programmers - they wouldn’t be interns here if they weren’t - and pretty cool to boot. I mean seriously, does it get much better than working with a team that makes awesome websites, can tell you the best microbreweries to visit in Portland and lasso a toy horse?


I think not. I think not.


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