David Builds a Home

About David

Having lived on this planet for over six decades, I've done an awful lot of different stuff. I started early: I got my first job as a sign painter during my junior year in high school, and later worked as a salesman at a hobby shop. While earning a Bachelors degree in advertising design from Trenton State (a.k.a. The College of New Jersey), I worked at a local ad agency, becoming the art director shortly after graduating. This was followed by a stint in the printing business, tackling everything from darkroom work to four-color process press operation; I even repaired the presses and other equipment. Indeed, I found I had a knack for fixing almost anything, from movie projectors to cars—my nickname at the time was "spooky."

However, wanderlust and creative urges later drew me into multimedia production, voiceover work, sound design, computer animation and video production/post production, during which time I also designed and built my own camera for special effects photography. When computers started killing the graphic arts industry, I moved into desktop publishing and then into marketing, eventually becoming the marketing manager for an optical instrument manufacturer. By the early 90s I'd also become a commercial web developer, and I did technical illustration and technical writing. My final career move before retirement was to work as a software developer for a major pharmaceutical company, which turned out to be the most challenging and rewarding decade of my professional life.

While flipping my first home in my late 20s, I became a renaissance man by teaching myself carpentry, plumbing and electrical work, with a particular penchant for tiling. Although I have more hobbies and interests than I can count, from music to astronomy, model railroading undoubtedly tops the list, having been a passion of mine since I was seven. Writing and photography are close behind; I've published a number of articles on a range of topics from model building to software interface design. Plus I've created dozens of websites comprising thousands of pages; this one has been mentioned in a few books. I can honestly say that I've never been bored—I don't even know what that's like—and I never expect to be.

By the way, the story of building my home became the backdrop for an article I'd written for a new pet care magazine. The article was accepted, but sadly the magazine never made it to press. Rather than let it go unread, I decided to publish it here, just in case there are any cat-lovers reading my house-building saga.

One last item—for the web geeks reading this. Why is this site so retro, both in page design and coding? Especially since I used to build websites professionally? This was a deliberate choice for a number of reasons. For starters, fancy page design has a limited ROI, and can even detract from the important stuff: the content. A simple design also makes a site quick to load and cross-platform friendly. But tables instead of CSS for page layout? Seriously? Believe it or not, browsers still do not consistently and reliably process CSS; tables may be frowned upon, but they are still—and likely always will be—rendered correctly. I could go on, but I'm probably not going to convert anyone anytime soon, nor is anyone going to convince me to change. I'm too old. Been there, done that, got way too many T-shirts.

If you'd like to get in touch, you may email me. However, given my current circumstances, you may not receive a reply right away—if at all.

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