A bit about Brikee

Brikee was the screenname I created to use on MIRC in 1997, and over a decade later, it just grew on me. It rhymes with hicky and it's pronounced "brick-ee". The origins come from the word brick. The solid material made from clay, which is typically used to build houses.


To me, it means solidarity: to be strong, hard and grounded. Likewise, when you're in the process of building a house, you need to start with a sturdy, solid foundation. With quality foundation in place, your house will stick around for a long time. On the other hand, if you don't invest in a good foundation then you're essentially throwing your time, labor and money away.


Brikee came to me on a whim but the essence of the screenname will be around for a long time.


A few bytes about Thao

I'm passionate about technology, education, family and friends. I believe that having a good solid foundation will help you stay grounded. Technology is ever evolving and at times, it can be overwhelming to keep up with the latest updates in hardware, software and terminology. But in the end, technology has brought on much more positive effects on society that there's no way one can ignore it. From bridging barriers in communication, to enriching peoples lives through medical advances, it's has made a huge impact in the past twenty years. The internet didn't boom until the early 90s and now we have come a long way. What makes all of this possible is education. The more we learn, the more we want to create devices that's useful to society.


Learning new things helps to keep the mind youthful. The more you learn, the more brain paths that you develop. This has been scientifically tested on mice who were both tested in two mazes. One was stuck with the same old maze everyday, while the other was challenged with a different maze daily. The one who was challenged was found to have developed more bridges in his memory than the first one. Learning and education truly creates bridges that seem impossible to cross at first.


I read a quote once that went like this: "Understanding your finances is as important as knowing about your health. You can't make financial decisions if you're not educated." - Mother of two in California


Now you can take that quote and you can apply it to anything that you do in life. You know the age old adage, "You can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it."


When I'm developing a website, I like to do a bit of research, questioning, analyzing, and planning. I strive to produce quality work that complies with web standards and I'm persuading others to follow the same path. Let's make the web accessible to everyone!


Although, if my path proves to be the least efficient then I will take into consideration other approaches until I come to the best resolution. In the end, the best way to do something is to figure it out on your own using varying approaches.


When I'm focused on a project that I am passionate about then there are no boundaries. Inspiration comes to me from the regular ordinary things in life to the very extra ordinary, from all walks of life. A big chunk of it also comes from the support of my friends and family. When you're bouncing ideas to different people, they shed a new perspective could help to add to your work.


At first, I was a bit stumped about writing anything for the about me section. There's only so much I can say about myself so if you want to learn more about my experience and skills, feel free to investigate the "work" link.