October 2, 2017: About Commander Candy
In this blog post, I answer the questions (about me) asked on my Facebook:
Coding Commanders Facebook
#1 Question: Were you always interested in web development or did this come later on?
I first got interested in computer programming when I was in about the 4th grade. My father,
a computer science professor, taught me Basic. My first application was a choose your own
In college my father advised me to take web development and database classes. I ended up
getting a Masters in Economics. I still took computer science courses, preparing to combine
economics and programming.
I ended up getting married and having a baby a couple years after grad school. My work experience
is very varied, but I tend to work for myself. I don’t like working for the man.
In short, I have had on and off interest in computer programming since childhood,
but most of my programming experience is in web development.
Logic and algorithms are my passion. That has been a constant throughout
Grad school Candy in Brazil
#2 What is your background?
I think I answered this some in question #1.
I have a very varied background. As mentioned, I have a Masters in Economics,
but my education is very varied. I have also had a wide variety of work experience.
I am a nice Jewish girl from South Florida. I live in my hometown, on an island
just off the coast.
#3 How did you get into cosplay?
Well, to start I have always been a fun person :p
I started sewing in middle school and always loved dressing up for
Halloween & Purim.
My son was really into superheroes, video games and costumes. I would make
us costumes and
we would ‘play superheros’.
One year I took him to a convention. He choose to be Bane, so I was
Arkham Harley Quinn.
Everyone was complimenting my costume and telling me I make a great
(Florida Geek Scene
Me I should do a photoshoot as Arkham Harley. A couple weeks prior I met
a popular Mississippi photographer. He agreed to do the shoot!
To be honest, I had no idea what was going on, but I am the kind of
person who just goes with the flow. People enjoyed seeing my pictures
and conventions started contacting me.
Although making costumes and playing dress-up was a long time passion of mine,
I did not know anything about the cosplay community when I first joined it. I had no idea there was a whole community of chill, fun open-minded people just looking to have a good time. I fit in great!
Life happened and I kind of disappeared from the scene for a while.
However, I am working on 2 costumes at the moment and look forward to
attending a couple cons this year.
My first con:
My first shoot:
Photo Credit (Arkham Harley & Beach Batgirl):
#4 Other than The Dead Milkmen, what are some of your favorite
Here are some of my favorite bands:
- Led Zeppelin
- System of a Down
- Jimi Hendrix
- Nicki Minaj
- Minor Threat
- They Might Be Giants
Big Lizard in my Backyard (Dead Milkmen):
#5 How long did it take you to become comfortable with a
There are 2 answers to this question:
1) I was always comfortable
2) I will let you know when I get there :p
I am a pretty confident person, but I know programming is a
lifelong journey. There is still so much to learn!
#6 If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you
go and why?
I would go to a tropical island in the Pacific with mountains and
beaches. I’ll take any destination that meets those specifications.
I have never been to a tropical island in the Pacific and I love
tropical islands, new places and mountains.
All girls trip to the Bahamas (the guy just randomly
jumped in the photo:p We do not know him)
#7 What character do you wish you could cosplay, but can’t
due to low funds or being too complicated?
I would really like to do She-Hulk. When I was a kid she was my favorite and
I think it would be funny becaause I’m 4’11”. (She is 6’7”)
I have too much going on at the moment to arrange a body painter and photographer. If I do She-Hulk, it gotta be body paint?
If you want, you can let Jessie Melero
know you want to see him do it ;p Jessie is like the best cosplay artist in the
south! He makes costumes,
does awesome body paint and basically anything artistic that you can think of!
#9 Besides the obvious,
what other hobbies do you enjoy? / What do you do for leisure?
I like making baked goods and taking long walks on the beach.
I also like programming meetups and events.
#10 Is 11 your favorite Doctor?
Yes, 11 is my favorite Doctor. Bowties are cool.
Have any follow up questions? Comment on my social media:
I will try to reply to every follow up question!