brandon jp scott

My name is Brandon, and I like to make things. I'm a Full Stack Software Engineer and Linux Security Engineer from Ann Arbor, Michigan. I started programming when some childhood friends and I decided to make a private Ragnarok Online server and host it in my parents basement. I got designated "code guy", fell in love, and never looked back. I started teaching myself as much as I could, and started my first online entity, a non-profit, with a high school classmate. Eventually I took this love to the University of Michigan where I studied Computer Science Engineering and Entrepreneurship. During my time there I was lucky enough to work for two iconic tech companies, Automattic and Google. Currently, I am the Technology Director of Argo Labs, an Ann Arbor based digital engineering, design, videography, and content marketing company aiming to build a more unique web that I cofounded in July 2015.

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13 Hours shows how much we don’t understand about each other.

What happened was tragic.

Tonight my roommates and I watched 13 Hours, the movie that depicts what happened in Benghazi. The film is really well made and I almost didn’t have enough time to write this post because I was too busy watching it. What happened was tragic. It really puts in perspective how lucky we are to live in a stable country and how tumultuous the politics are in the Middle East.

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Take a walk.

I found one thing he constantly did with everyone he was close to in life

Earlier today I finished reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, the stand alone biography about the man who made Apple Computers. Yes the tale was riveting, it sends an enlightening power through your soul whenever you turn the page and find the next chapter in Steve’s life is just a good as the last. The tale follows a man starting from the time he’s barely twenty years old, smelly, with an untrimmed beard, no shoes, fiery temper, and lofty expectations for this idea that everyone can have a personal computer. He transitions into a humbled father, of both children and some of the most innovative products in the world, wearing an iconic black turtle neck, classic New Balance kicks, still with a fiery temper, and lofty expectations for the future of personal computing.

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Small towns are great for childhood.

Infinitely vast fields policed only by the population density of deer

When I was growing up I always had one foot out the door. I wanted to get out of that small rural farm town smack dab in the middle of the no where as quickly as possible. To get there you have to drive about thirty miles south of the halfway point between Chicago and Detroit down a strip of I-69 bounded by infinitely vast fields policed only by the population density of deer. To my ears, that just meant you were thirty miles south of being half way to anywhere that mattered.

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How to differentiate between a full-stack engineer, full-stack developer, and someone who isn’t full-stack.

He finally felt like he could say he was a full-stack developer

Last week I talked one of my closest friends from college, and before we ever had the chance to see each other in person he proudly proclaimed he finally felt like he could say he was a full-stack developer. We haven’t seen each other in years, but I was aware he had moved away a bit from being on the marketing/financial side of startups to the technology side based on the changes in his vernacular. Heck, he practically has the same title as me at the new startup he works for and I made my own title because I own the business!

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The solution to gun control is to stop debating gun control

My stance on gun control has always been stone cold.

I posted this video on my Facebook profile today and really only shared it because I thought it was hilarious. My stance on gun control has always been stone cold. I didn’t see what all the fuss was about over little things like background checks, restrictions seemed obvious, and I’ve always thought that guns were just kinda… pointless? I mean, a couple of years ago I wrote a piece that ends with a depiction of gun owners as unsympathetic and questioned their ethics. So I obviously have never understood the theory behind the right to bear arms.

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Marriage Equality: celebrations erupt quickly nationwide – Ann Arbor no exception.

Originally published on The Sexy Politico

Thank you, Justice Kennedy, you shall indeed be eternalized as a gay rights icon. After his heroic “aye” this morning, Justice Kennedy was the lone conservative vote needed to end the long struggle for Marriage Equality in all 50 states. As soon as the news broke, celebrations began right outside the Supreme Court entrance. The rest of the nation swiftly followed suit. Here in Michigan, they began in the blink of an eye and couples wasted no time getting to their local courthouses.

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A detailed look at both sides of the Confederate flag debate.

Originally published on The Sexy Politico
Co-authored by @jacquscott

In the wake of the Charleston Massacre, images of confessed gunman Dylann Wolf pictured with the Confederated flag draped around him have caused a national outcry. Many South Carolinians immediately called for the flag’s removal from the capitol grounds. On Tuesday, Governor Nikki Haley pleaded for the same.

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FCC chairman’s defense of net neutrality is music to my ears.

Originally published on The Sexy Politico

Yesterday, Cecilia Kang (@ceciliakang) of the Washington Post wrote an article about FCC Chair Tom Wheeler’s (@TomWheelerFCC) speech defending net neutrality and the blocking of a Comcast/Time Warner merger.

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Success is variable.

Steve Jobs proudly holding what is arguably his most innovative “one more thing,” the iPod. Jobs is the best representative of “variable success,” failing and succeeding more in one lifetime than anyone thought imaginable.

Mark Caine, author of the 1962 novel The S-Man, once said, “The first step towards success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.” This alludes to the idea that success is purely situational, and the factors that affect it must be situational in nature

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Vivino – The best choice for a Wine App.

Earlier today a friend of mine invited me to join Vivino, a wine app. From first use I understood it, liked it, and would use it again. The apps easy to use UI is really what gets me excited. A simple, almost Twitter like, feed on the front page and only four options of what to do. You can browse this feed and see wines the people you follow have ranked, you can check what wines you’ve already ranked, check out recommendations and wines across all of Vivino’s platform, and (the best part) get locations for places that have wine near you.

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