I make things.
And I make things better.
Creating and fixing things is more than just a hobby or a day job for me. It's a compulsion. I spend my days making website designs and building or fixing or enhancing websites. And when I'm not doing this, I make music, and I make pizza, and I write screenplays and stories, and I make toys for my children, and I remodel parts of our house.
I'm basically a Swiss Army knife: some server management, some front-end, some back-end, some design, some content, a little bit of this, a lot of that.
I work with WordPress a LOT and I try to push its limits. Whether it's decoupling it to push content to multiple places or cramming an installation with custom post types and tens of thousands of custom posts to power a searchable database, I look for ways to get the most out of it as a full-on CMS.
I'm fortunate to get to swap hats on a regular basis, jumping from DNS management to VPS updates to back-end PHP work to front-end work to presenting technical topics to non-technical listeners.
I make music that seeks to sound otherworldly, mysterious, and, in many cases, broken. I create with instruments both real and virtual. I use a lot of effects.
Generally, the things with vocals and/or beats and/or any kind of recognizable song structure happen under the name Sigerson.
Things that are longer, ambient, unclassifiable, and stretched to their breaking point live under the name Tautener.
Before I was a developer, I was a magazine writer and copy editor. Oddly enough, copyediting and proofreading are useful foundations for developers, where syntax can be strict and unforgiving and a forgotten semi-colon can bork an entire application.
Now I focus on creative writing, especially feature film and TV pilot screenplays.
You can see some of my writing samples in the "Made" section.
Some kids grew up learning sports from their fathers. I learned about dovetails and mortise-and-tenon joints and birds-eye maple.
Built with WordPress, centofante.com is a subscription-based service that provides searchable databases of magazine covers going back more than 20 years, as well as a database of 30,000+ email newsletters. Using the WP JSON API and an external search index, the faceted searches provide nearly instant results using keyword and faceted searches, returning tens of thousands of hits within milliseconds.
More WordPress: this time a landing page environment utilizing custom post types and Advanced Custom Fields to create a variety of templates for marketing landing pages. Custom shortcodes and specialized repeater fields can alter content and phone numbers based on a URL parameter. Uses a JSON feed from a separate Drupal site to pull in content.
Yes, WordPress. How'd you know? Some custom fields, some faceted search, some ajax search, and some UI enhancements in the admin area to make it easy for camp staff to update the site.
This group designs, builds, and installs high-end and absolutely world-class conservatories and greenhouses. I came onboard to make a series of additions and updates to the existing site, plus speeding things up and switching to better hosting.
Baltimore magazine cover story, March 2006, about Charm City's neverending obsession with where you went to school
Going running and drinking beer with the Baltimore-Annapolis Hash House Harriers
My profile of legendary Baltimore Colt and barbecue icon, Andy Nelson
The manliest thing you'll read all day. Note the illustration by the famous Boris Vallejo.
My feature story from September 2006 on Ravens quarterback Steve McNair
Sweet gig: I used to write a car review column