Trustful Robot | Digital Shamanism

I am a Senior Developer with a 20-year history of providing services across the full stack who has also at times served as a content author as well as a liaison with website clients. As such, I feel that I have a deep sensitivity to the entire spectrum of perspectives of those involved in the complete life-cycle of a website.

I seek to create web experiences that are not only elegant for users and content authors but also a delight with which to work for fellow developers, based on a rock-solid foundational knowledge of semantic HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

I am a voracious and insatiable learner, constantly searching for increasingly optimal paths and revolutionary insights.

Technology

My preferred WordPress tech stack:

  • Underscores starter theme
  • WPGulp workflow based on npm and SASS
  • Advanced Custom Fields Pro

My "cutting-edge" tech stack:

  • Static site generation with GatsbyJS and GraphQL
  • Content management with Prismic
  • Hosting with Netlify & AWS
  • Continuous Integration, Deployment, and Delivery with GitHub

Work

  • Virginia Spirits Association

    Fully-custom WordPress and Google Maps development

  • Castle & Key Distillery

    Fully-custom Shopify development

  • Link-Belt Excavators

    Fully-custom WordPress development with personalized content builder

  • Bullhorn Creative

    Fully-custom WordPress development with personalized content builder

  • Thrive Global Partners

    Gatsby and React development with content management in Prismic

  • Nori Hall Photography

    Gatsby and React development with content management in Prismic

  • Granulata

    Website to accompany exhibit at The 2020 Music, Art, and Technology Fair at Georgia Tech

  • Patrick Morrissey

    Semantic Self-Portrait

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Origin Story

So what exactly does Trustful Robot mean and from where did the name come?

For the meaning, I will smile wryly and leave you to decide for yourself what it could mean but, as for the name's conception, it emerged from an agency talk that I was leading on computational creativity. I spoke of what actually constitutes "creativity" from a computer or scientist's perspective and provided examples of specific methods and procedures that allow one to collaborate with Chance. As a final group exercise, we all created our own fold-in prose experiments (instructions below) in order to generate a new WiFi password for the office. "Trustful Robot" was the phrase that we collectively manifested and I began to really like it as an abstract idea.

You can view the slides that accompanied my talk in this PDF:

the_unseen_collaborator.pdf

Instructions for generating your own cut-up/fold-in experiments:

  1. Choose 2-3 text sources (anything written - novels, technical manuals, journal entries, news articles, advertisements, total gibberish, etc). I enjoy trying to make these as wildly different from one another as possible but you're the mastermind here - play by your own rules.
  2. Take a single piece of paper and fold it into as many equal columns as you have text sources. Lined paper will help but isn't required.
  3. Find sections from each text source that you would like to "sample" and then, one source per page column, begin transcribing each source passage onto your folded paper by hand. The more source text you have for each column, the more raw material you are adding in to the machine to be processed.
  4. Unfold your paper after you have finished transcribing your single source texts and then read across the page as you would normally. You will mostly get a bunch of garbage, garbled nonsense out but, if you're willing to sift through the results, I've found that I almost always generate something interesting and curious and new with this process. Be open-minded to delight and wonder.