I am an Ambulance driving, coffee drinking, magic performing, WordPress coding, Eagle Scout soaring kind of guy.
You can also find me on GitHub
WordPress Origin Story
I’ve always enjoyed magic for as long as I remember. When I was in high school, that was when the David Blaine specials ran on TV in the USA. That’s when I started to actually learn and perform magic. While in school, I was definitely one of the weird kids. Shy in normal conversations but not in front of a full crowd performing. Back in middle school, I was one of few who understood and actually enjoyed learning QBasic. Later in high school, I went through the pilot program for learning the CCNA course in high school, although I never did take the certification test.
A few years out of high school, after a semi-failed attempt at college, I was working as an EMT-B for an ambulance service, but I really wanted to make an attempt at being a professional magician. I found Charfish Design and had them build my first website. Charlie created a web design, logo, and business card for me, and he built the site on the WordPress platform, and that is the first time I even heard of it. Based on the timeline that would have been Version 2.7.1, and 2.8 would have been released not long after.
Over time I wanted to make changes, and being a self-proclaimed computer geek, I dug in and started adding features like the Custom Menu Management feature that were a part of the WordPress 3.0 release and turning a line of text that was hard coded in PHP into a widget area that I could edit from the admin area. I taught myself about modifying themes, and then creating plugins.
As I got more involved in the community of fellow magicians, my name got out as someone who knew how to work on WordPress websites. Now I do some performing, code some websites, and help sick people.