Apparently there is an “unwritten rule” that all web professionals must have a website if they want to be taken seriously. It seems odd to me because I can refer people to sites that I’ve built, but some people want to see my website. Do they think I use “secret alien technology” for my website that I don’t use for clients? I don’t get it.
Since my former professional website no longer exists (saving that story for another day), this one is my socially convenient response to the “May I look at your website?” question that pops up in my life periodically.
But I guess if basketball players need to have a highlight tape to prove they deserve a chance to play for the Lakers, then I can put together a personal website to “prove that I’m a real web developer.“
So now we get to the part where I tell you about myself. Jeez, can this get any more awkward? For starters, I’m an introvert.
I fix website issues and also write code, mostly PHP/WordPress these days. I also drink coffee. Sometimes green tea when I get on one of my health kicks. And I spend way too many hours in front of a computer screen, but I’m working on re-establishing boundaries and reclaiming my personal time/life.
I help Stanford researchers find better cures for horrible diseases by running protein folding simulations on my quad-core desktop pretty much round the clock. It’s part of the Folding@Home project. I know, it’s probably surprising that someone as misanthropic of me devotes that much energy and time to this kind of research. What can I say? I really hate cancer.
I’m a Gen X’er, so I’m pretty skeptical/cynical about– well, almost everything to be honest. I don’t believe in “miracle cures” or “magic bullets.” I believe everything requires work and discipline, and if something looks to good to be true, that’s because it is.