Who is this guy?
Or, if the weather isn’t being cooperative, you may find me exploring a new restaurant or recipe, catching up on the latest Netflix/Amazon/HBO series, jamming in my basement on my guitar or bass, or getting lost in a good book or video game.
That’s me and my shih-tzu Wookie in Brooklyn, ca. 2015. She passed away in 2018 at the ripe age of 17, but lives on in memory. Since June 2020, we’ve been raising the sweetest, goofiest pit bull/German Shepherd/boxer puppy named Brody.
What’s with all the Iceland videos?
In 2019 I embarked on an epic road trip in Iceland and took a ton of photos and slow-motion videos that I hadn’t had a use for yet.
I also was interested in building a custom Gutenberg block for fun, to get more familiar with the API and best practices. So I decided to build a block that could use some of those videos as content. The YouTube Background Video block was born, and soon afterward, this WordPress theme.
As an ex-New Yorker, I get asked all the time: why did you willingly abscond from the greatest city on Earth?
The short version: I got burnt out on city life.
The long version: joining a fully-distributed company gave me the rare opportunity to choose my location, independent of my livelihood. In 2016 my wife and I took a chance on a place we had loved visiting in the past, and we haven’t looked back.