I've done a lot of writing online over the years, and received a lot of recognition for it, but over the past 3 or 4 years, I've gotten much more satisfaction from building websites to satisfy my creative urges. I've done some sites for myself, some for friends, and some commercially, and if you're looking for someone to build something for you, you should drop me a line!
I love design, but I don't call myself a designer. I just like building beautiful things. If I was any good working with my hands, I'd be a craftsman. But it's brain-and-keyboard all the way, baby.
In 2003, I joined the Leadership Training Team at POSCO in Gwangyang, South Korea. In 2008, I moved to a new group within the company -- POSCO Management and Innovation Consulting -- as a consultant. That company has since merged with POSCO Research Institute, and these days my business cards say I'm a Senior Consultant. I spend most of my time designing and running leadership development workshops for employees of POSCO from its subsidiaries all around the world. I love it.
It's pretty much the perfect job for me -- I still get to meet people from everywhere, but I don't have to haul my middle-aged carcass nearly as far away to do it.
I started MefightClub back in 2007 as a place for adults who enjoy gaming (and, originally, who were also members of Metafilter, a site I've spent time on daily for more than a decade), and it is probably my proudest web accomplishment. It's a vibrant community with thousands of members, and the best part of my online life.
Really, I do. It's a hell of a lot better than the alternative. My dotage encroaches, but there are compensations.
I am a long-term Canadian expat, and have lived in South Korea for most of the last two decades. I left Canada for the first time back in 1988, and have only spent a couple of years there since, mostly in the Whistler ski resort in British Columbia.
I've spent most of my time overseas where I am now, in Korea. I first arrived here in 1996, and have lived and worked in Busan, Seoul and, since 2003, at POSCO in Gwangyang, where I'm (as of 2013) a Senior Consultant at POSCO Research Institute. My lovely and fiercely intelligent wife keeps me close to home these days, which is just fine with me.
Other than Korea, I've spent the most time in Australia, where I worked in software development for about 4 years in total, in Mexico, where I crewed on sailboats and worked in concert sound, lights and pyrotechnics, in New Zealand, where I didn't do much of anything other than picking fruit and writing, in the Greek Cyclades, where I managed a hotel and developed software to run it, and all over the UK and Europe over my first few years of wandering.
I am a proud Canadian, but after so many years abroad, I'm uncertain about whether I will ever end up back in Canada. Someday, I'd like to go back, I think. When, I don't know. After all this time, it's a bit of a mystery to me how I would go about finding rewarding work there. So here I stay, at least for now. I enjoy living in Korea and working for POSCO: so far, so good.
I've loved making digital things since the late '70s, when I got my first computer, a TRS-80 Model III. I've built a lot of websites over the years, and I'm really only happy when I have a project or two in the works.
Living in Korea has its rewards and its limitations. Far from Seoul and any of the other large cities, I tend to spend a lot of my life and do a lot of my socializing online.
I am a relentlessly positive, passionate kind of guy, and life... well, life is good. But even at my (relatively) advanced age, I'm ambitious and I'm still hungry, I am determined to excel at anything I do, and I'm always looking for new projects and causes to sink my teeth into.