Greetings, I'm Chris
I enjoy solving problems through design, capturing the world around me through photos, and building websites like this one. Passionate about many things - I developed this tagline for myself because I have many different interests and hobbies. I’m also interested in fitness, music, finance, and Dr. Pepper, just to name a few. My fastest mile was 6m 16sec, I’ve played guitar since I was 12, I use Robinhood to manage my portfolio (affiliate link), and I’m pretty sure my blood is actually half Dr. Pepper by now.
Some iteration of this website has existed since 2012 and it has served as my own personal playground to learn and experiment with different designs and technology. This site uses Jekyll and is coded by hand in sublime text and currently hosted with DreamHost. To learn more, read this.
In high school my friends and I would make videos out of our trampoline tricks and other shenanigans. This was circa 2009 when YouTube was still relatively new, and so for some reason we opted to put these videos on Yahoo Videos instead 🤦🏻♂️ Obviously a poor choice as that service was shut down and we lost all of our content (this was before we knew anything about saving/backing up files). However, those two summers were very important for me in hindsight as they led me to where I am now.
I had so much fun shooting and editing those videos that after graduating I got my first DSLR and it completely changed the game for me. Some friends and I got together and shot this promo for an idea we had but unfortunately that was as far as it went. Now I occasionally make vlogs on YouTube (I learned my lesson)!
My adventures in amateur trampoline videos also led me to create my first brand: The Chris and Phil Show, and every good brand needs a website, right? I took an intro to web design class in high school and it literally changed my life. That class gave me 2 main takeaways: (1) Dreamweaver is trash and (2) you can put some files together and have a website out in the wild that anyone can visit. Creating something from nothing is incredibly rewarding and is still an inspiring force for me today. However, that class didn’t really teach me about making websites. Because of this I soon after found Weebly, a drag-and-drop website builder. And soon The Chris and Phil Show had its own (horrible) webpage, complete with MS Paint logo. Eventually I learned the basics of HTML and CSS and I’ve been expanding my skill set ever since. This site was originally made with Weebly but I migrated to Jekyll in 2015 and have continued to evolve and refine it.
Updated May 2020
Inspired by the Now Page Movement by Derek Sivers, here’s what I’m up to now.