Social networks, Fun projects and Current work


Hi, I’m Cody! I’m interested in computers and programming, media, language, communication, science, philosophy, epistemology, skateboarding, and Taking Children Seriously.

A little about the blog->
For years I’ve been blogging and content aggregating on and off on various platforms. This is a place that I can finally call my own. It's designed to collect all my past endeavors in one place for easy access.

I started programming and using computers for (serious) fun in high school. I started with HTML and CSS, and dabbled a little with PHP. In 2018 I taught myself Ruby on Rails, and finished a course on modern JavaScript (ES6) in 2022. In addition to an archive, this site is a portfolio, blog, and digital home that I’ll use to work on fun projects. If you’d like to see the source code for this site, perhaps there’s something you’d like to glean for your own home, the source code is open and available on GitHub.

My first two blogs were on LiveJournal. They are somehow preserved thanks to some unknown developers out there, and can be found here AllOfTheOptions and 7yuczhd2. I also had a Tumblr which was deleted, but I preserved some of it with a Wordpress import tool. That archive is available here: codybaldwin.wordpress. I plan to scrape all the data and include it in the ‘scrapbook’ section of this site. And, eventually, I'd like to add some useful search tools and a ‘personal favorites’ section…eventually. For now, the scrapbook includes posts scraped from the Twitter API.

Work and growth->
In 2010, I graduated from Indiana University with a double major in East Asian Languages and Cultures and Communication and Culture. I worked on two art publications, and focused on making videos and film (including some 16mm work). I also worked at WTIU and the IU Radio/Television services department. Post gradation from IU, after a short stint raising money delivering submarine sandwiches on a bike without health insurance for Jimmy John’s in 2011, I taught English as a CELTA certified English as a Foreign Language instructor in Japan. I worked at a well-known company in the industry, Interac, for almost 4 years. Through Interac’s contract system I taught hundreds of kids of all ages at a dozen or so elementary and pre-schools in Sakai (Osaka) and Aioi (Hyogo). In the Fall of 2013 I accepted a position at a nice little private English school called Northwood in Tatsuno (Hyogo). I passed the JPLT N2 while working at Northwood, and lead professional development for two new hires. I married in 2015, and left Northwood to help manage the family wholesale oyster business. 

Oysters and challenges->
Funabiki Shoten was established in 1956, and is a third generation family run company. We operate three online shops (Rakuten, Yahoo, and our homepage), a direct to buyer (e.g. restaurant) platform, and a ‘Furusato-noze’ shop. However, we primarily ship oysters in bulk to a few dozen wholesale markets across Japan. We don’t raise the oysters ourselves, but we do store live oysters on the premises at our factory. Oysters are seasonal, though that’s changing a bit because of bio-technological advances like triploid oysters. So, in the summer we also sell boiled octopus, grilled conger eel, frozen ‘oyster’ salmon, and dried shrimp. 

I'm almost constantly working on several projects at work. But, here are three projects I'm most proud of: 
  • a HACCP certified electromagnetic seafood flash-freezing facility, from construction to product sales (HACCP certified factory team leader)
  • Product design and branding for all oyster products, including the Samurai Oyster character (Photoshop, Illustrator, Final Cut/ Videography, SEO)
  • A back office Rails app which unites and automates order processing from across the aforementioned e-commerce platforms (Full Stack: Ruby on Rails, HTML/CSS, JS, Heroku/GoogleCloud)

Personally, I'm inspired and driven by the work of David Deutsch (Fabric of Reality, The Beginning of Infinity) and Karl Popper (The Open Society and its’ Enemies, The Myth of the Framework). Likewise, I’m a supporter of Taking Children Seriously (TCS), and try to help grow knowledge in fun non-coercive ways. 

If you’d like to contact me I’m on Twitter or you can e-mail me.