Hi. I'm Dustin Beason.

Just a dude trying to cram as much awesome into a relatively short time as possible.

I currently live in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Knoxville is a great place to live and work. It's a big city that doesn't know it yet. I love being outside, so being this close to the mountains, lakes, rivers, and forests is tough to beat. My family moved here from a little coal mining town in Kentucky many years ago, and I'm proud to call this place my home!   For more information on Knoxville, check out VisitKnoxville.com

I'm a Systems and Network Administrator and DevOps Engineer.

Currently working for an awesome place called Rails Machine.   I manage a big ole datacenter and a bunch of servers with cool stuff like Configuration Management, Virtualization, High Availability Architectures, Monitoring, and alerting, while helping tons of great startups acheive their goals every day. I also get to deploy and play in other people's datacenters too! Its pretty rad.

I have a degree in Graphic Design.

I love design! I love it so much that I thought I wanted to do that for a full time career, so I went to school and got an honest to goodness degree in it. Then life called an audible. I've kept up over the years and still do as much as possible even today to keep my skills up-to-date with modern trends and tools.

I've recently become a Software Developer.

A few years ago I took the leap into full fledged software development, working mostly in Ruby.

I've been playing music since I was 5 years old.

Drums & Percussion, Piano, and a little bit of Guitar. I've been in numerous awesome bands over the years from jazz to metal to classic rock, and have even recorded a few studio albums. Currently I'm jamming with a local band called Latitude 35, and have been for several years. Most notably before that I played briefly with Dishwater Blonde and toured with Stone's Throw.

I'm a natural innovator and builder of things.

I love building something from nothing. Its one of my most favorite feelings. I've dabbled in carpentry and metalworking for many years now, and have built some pretty awesome stuff, and helped on some really cool projects.

I really love jeeps.

For nearly 10 years, I was a Law Enforcement Officer

I served in many capacities during my time there. Most notably retiring as a Lieutenant and Director of I.T. for the agency, and a member of the agency's Wilderness Tracking Team.

And I like running Adventure Races.