col ·o ·phon – An inscription placed usually at the end of a book, giving facts about its publication. From Dictionary.com
Why a Colophon?
Well, O’Reilly Books all have a colophon. Lot’s of blogs have one. And surfing (and constantly tuning up this site) got me thinking, “Why don’t I have one?” Besides, in the spirit of sharing what I know so that someone might learn from my experiences, some background information would provide the context for you in experiencing this space on the web.
My interests are all over the place and I hang with diverse groups of people. I have a habit of noticing the sublime patterns that run through various domains of interest — points at which there seems to be a great deal of overlap. So, one of the things I hope to do here is, pardon the cheesy line, connect the dots.
I also like the sound of my own voice. I think (hope) this makes me an interesting blogger.
I started out in 1998 with one site, surgeweb.net. In 2002, I built my own PHP/MySQL content management system (what would turn out to be a pretty robust, but impossible to maintain, blog) mr-chompers.com. In 2005, I branched my nerdier and professional tendencies off into the Flash for Learning blog. In 2006, after much urging, I further branched my more quirkier (and admittedly insane) blogging (read: ranting) into gen1.us. Now, I have two kids and lack the time to maintain three different blogs that are each, essentially, about me. Adding to the mix are other social haunts on the web in which I frequent (Twitter, for example) and I don’t have such a need for a ranting blog anymore. It’s just easier to combine them all into one blog — make it easier to find me on the interwebs.
What’s this running on?
This site lives on a shared server, hosted by Dreamhost. It runs Linux with the Apache web server. It also has PHP, Perl, MySQL and a host of other web technologies.
Most of the output of this site comes via WordPress, a great open-source content management system centered around blogging.
I’m using the iA3 theme called Template.
Who is behind this site then?
This site is developed and maintained by me, Aaron Silvers.