This week we welcome Ricky White (@EndlessTrax) as our PyDev of the Week. Ricky is the owner of White Lion Media. He is also the Community Manager at Real Python. If you go to his website, you will find that he has written some non-technical books, which is pretty neat. You can also check out his Github profile to see what projects he is working on. Let’s take a few minutes to get to know Ricky!
Can you tell us a little about yourself (hobbies, education, etc):
I’m originally from Leicester, England. And I moved to the U.S. in late October 2014. Prior to moving to the U.S., I was a registered nurse specializing in ICU care. When we immigrated to Virginia, my wife and I swapped roles within the household, and she went back to work as I became a stay-at-home dad to our then 3-year-old son, and 6-month-old daughter. A job I wouldn’t change for the world.
The last 3.5 years have been far from dull, and so much has happened. Not least of all, I’ve authored two books. I’ve learned how to code. And achieved a lifelong ambition of starting my own business. Apparently looking after two small children wasn’t tiring enough, and I apparently hate sleep…
When I’m not fulfilling my primary role in life, writing, or slinging some code, I’m usually residing in the dojo. I’m a passionate martial artist who holds the rank of Shodan (first-degree black belt), and I dedicate some of my time each week to teaching other students the art and helping them to grow.
I also suffer from a chronic degenerative disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis. I have been a patient advocate since I was diagnosed in 2010, and currently work as the vice-chairman of a 501c3 non-profit — which I helped co-found — that aims to raise the awareness of the disease for which 2.7 million people suffer in the U.S. (that’s more than MS and Parkinson’s combined!) The charity is called Walk AS One.
And just for fun, I play chess and have a mild-moderate bonsai addiction, of which I have a modest collection. Continue reading PyDev of the Week: Ricky White