He taught himself Node.is and MongoDB, MYSQL and SQL as well as HTML5 and CSS3. He did this in just a few weeks...no seriously, weeks. This was BEFORE he was issued a laptop to take home. Now he's designed an application that helps him in Scrabble, one of his favorite pastimes. He wants to be the best Scrabble player so he decided he wanted to memorize the Scrabble dictionary. But why stop there? His application, that he built for funzies, has nearly 20k words that display scrambled at random in a window. He even designed the tiles to display in the same way they would on his tile holder. He gave himself a 10 second time limit to create a word.
He also built a calculator. He thinks algorithms are fun.
All this and he hasn't even had anyone teach him anything yet. Stuff like this gives me hope because he's been in prison and has done something with himself. Sure, he did whatever he did to get in here and I'm sure he has his share of folks who dislike him, but don't we all? Hell, I got blood that wants me dead, hates me at the very least. But despite this we still continue life. Working to improve ourselves in ways that the community can use us, should it be chosen. This guy's not the social butterfly some are, but he's incredible. He literally doesn't understand how to make connections so he's sat in here for a decade thinking he's not ever going to be useful. Could you imagine a company picking him up? Or a group of developers started sending him literature? He figured out REACT.JS, Facebooks thing, in just a few minutes. Minutes... in minutes he was so proficient at REACT.JS he became our teacher. Cool huh?
Pretty amazing. Anyone want to meet a genius?