Back in the day…

I can remember, as a small child, going to Radio Shack with my father to buy, what was at the time, an amazing new innovation; a personal computer. It was a Tandy 1000. I spent hour after hour pouring through the instruction manual at the age of 11 learning how to create my very first program. After all, a boy needed to be able to track his baseball card and comic book collection. From playing with DOS to fighting with the paper feeder to playing my first online MUD as a teenager, that computer served our family well (aside from my escapades in virtuality). I spent a good deal of my misbegotten childhood in a dark room lit with monochrome green while the Internet gave birth to a new era of human existence and forever changed what we know as the Human Condition.

Ever since then, whether it was the Apple Newton, the Sony Cassiopia, the Gateway 100 series laptops or the ubiquitous eMachine and eventually the iPhone and iPad, I have had a distinct fascination with how technology not only changes our lives but changes the very nature of what we are by expanding the boundaries of human interaction and inter-connectivity.

In 1996, sitting in my brother’s apartment, we exchanged ideas about how this new thing called the Internet and the World Wide Web could change everything. We traded knowledge about graphic design, presentations and I was introduced to HTML through the HTML 1.1 Quick Start Guide, a fantastically small book by current standards that taught me everything I needed to know about making web pages in just a few short days. It was simple, it was powerful and it was absolutely amazing.

In a few short months we began developing websites for customers, looking for schools that could teach us more. To our dismay, most of those schools asked us to either come assist in teaching or we corrected their school’s website code for them. My mind became a sponge and the virtual reality of the protocol became my new frontier. Not only was a career born but a passion for developing new, innovative solutions had been found. A passion I hold to this day as a web developer, technologist, and IT administrator.

In the end, I have my father, my brother, Radio Shack and the Tandy 1000 of all things to thank for it.

As for this site, well, it’s a dedication to all things strange, odd and extraordinary I find that provide that same inkling of passion that once amazed me as a child when I first found something new and amazing, something that changed my world view. I thought it only appropriate that it be a WordPress site, since after all, I make my living partially with great thanks to the WordPress team and use their technology daily. So to them I tip my hat and to anything else that shows up here, let’s just say I found it intriguing enough to share.

I hope you enjoy.