Mike

About Me

Hi! My name's Mike. I'm 40 years old, and have been doing web development in some form or another for the last 21 years or so. Even my age in that last sentence was calculated on the fly. Slick.

My language of choice is PHP, your typical LAMP (Linux OS, Apache web server, MySQL database, and PHP scripting language) setup.

I live with my fiancée in Andover, MA, and work for Smarter Travel Media LLC in Charlestown, MA, where I've been since October of 2000. It's a great place to work, definitely check out our open positions.

When I'm not writing code, I can usually be found cooking, drinking wine, reading, playing video games, playing guitar, or travelling. As of this writing, I've been to Canada, France, Mexico, Italy, and Thailand in addition to a slew of domestic destinations.

I'm also a pretty big Star Wars geek. More favorites: Guitar Hero, LOST and Heroes, and for music Tegan and Sara, Metric, and various 90s industrial like Skinny Puppy and Ministry. And Public Enemy. I'm a little eclectic.

About the Site

After using denonymous as a pseudonym-slash-handle for about 11 years, I finally bought denonymous.com in 2007 and, after forgetting I'd done so for a couple of months, started using it for photos and one-off pages. It may last, it may not. Time will tell.

It runs on PHP, is XHTML Transitional compliant, and uses quite a bit of CSS for design. The images used for the logo are bits & pieces of various photos I've had lying around or from prior web projects. Having just built the site, I can currently recall where all but one are from, though that probably won't last for too long.

It's currently hosted at JVDS, where I get to mis-manage my own server, thieves, all I want. If you're a huge nerd, you have a naming scheme for your servers and machines; my scheme is Ministry song titles. Now you know.

In addition, I'm trying an experiment on the homepage to see if short modules (~350px IIRC) come across as more readable, something I'm pretty sure of, and also to see if it's at all natural to read something like that left-to-right and top-to-bottom (like a comic strip, if you will -- 1L, 1R, 2L, 2R, 3L, etc).

(written 29 Oct 2007)