For starters, I'm Clinton Weir, a mid-20s American from Illinois. I graduate from high school in a small town in East Central Illinois. I spent a few years working odd jobs (for example, working in a customer service call center for a year) until I decided to go back to school, and got my Bachelor's Degree in Physics from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. After graduating, I went to graduate school for a year but then realized that physics was not the right career path for me.
After leaving graduate school, I was faced with a difficult jobs market and the unemployment office denied my benefits, claiming that a teaching assistantship is not a real job. After fighting with them for a few months I finally ended up taking a part time job teaching English as a Second Language. This has been an interesting experience - these are people who have spent their whole lives wanting to come to America and so I am very happy helping them improve their English skills. Unfortunately, I am not very good at it and it is only part time so I have a lot of extra time.
For the first several months I made some efforts learning Chinese (the first language of most of my students) and learning about Economics (listening to podcasts for example). Then I got to playing around with my iPod Touch. There is some great software available for the iPhone OS! Diner Dash, Cooking Dash, I Love Katamari, etc. I found out that it is fairly easy to start developing iPhone apps - you just need to know some Objective C (and if you know C or C++ then you are halfway there) and download Xcode and iPhone SDK.
So that's my story - that's how I got here. It's a road paved with failure, but aren't they all?