About

Hello, I’m John.

I grew up in the northeast US, migrated to Chicago, then more recently to Portland, OR, where I’ve been for the better part of the last decade.

Mt Hood and Trillium Lake, by flickr user smik67, used in accordance with cc-by-nc-md

Mt Hood and Trillium Lake, by flickr user smik67, used in accordance with cc-by-nc-md

This is the most recent version of my website, which has a long and storied history, most of which is best left forgotten. We forget with such difficulty these days.

Some of my earliest memories are of working with my older sister to type BASIC programs into our TI 99/4A from a Family Computing magazine. We would trade off who was reading out and who was typing in. The programs were mostly small games, or the sort of short, rotating animation that would later make a decent GIF.

Enchanted, rather than deterred, by those early programming experiences, I’ve tinkered with software ever since, most of that time in some professional capacity. Let me know if you’re interested in working with me, or for that matter if you’re interested in some small things I’ve built. I’ve also been known to speak at conferences, if that’s your thing.

If you wish to get in touch with me, then you can email me at an address comprised of the word “site”, an at sign (@), and the domain name this site is hosted on (a “.org” domain named after a longtime pseudonym, “phaedrusdeinus”). I don’t have a strong history of correspondence, but I will try to get back to you.

About this blog

This blog is generated using Hakyll, a static site generator, and leans heavily on the generated sample site. The tags capability was added based on this blog entry. Math support, via MathJax, was added based on this blog entry. The code to put the most recent post on the index page was adapted from this code.

I used emacs, git, the gimp, and gogs in the construction and maintenance of the site.