Hi, I'm Tim and I am a web developer… and a graphic designer… and a photographer… and sometimes I brew my own beer (sometimes I don’t)… and I used to be a filmmaker… ran a retail shop… can order cappuccino in Japanese. Okay, so my path from there to here has been a little circuitous.
Many of my early working years were spent on a mid-state career spree, jumping from one thing to another the way most people change socks. But through most of it has there has been a focus on visual presentation and communications. Even my retail experince was in a camera shop.
Finally, I stumbled upon Photoshop. I followed that up with Illustrator, and desktop publishing programs after that. Before I knew it, I was calling myself a graphic designer and working at a printing company. It was the kind of job where I got to do a little bit of everything; marketing pieces, logos, packaging, and branding, along with a host of other things having to do with the day to day business of working at a printing company.
When the time came that I couldn't learn more about printing (at least, not without running a press for myself), I knew it was time to turn my attention web design. Transitioning from points to pixels, I'm finding myself freed from an 8.5 x 11, tri-fold prison. The static has became dynamic, fixed has turned liquid.
So, welcome to my portfolio site. Have a look around, and, if you're so moved, let me know what you think. And thanks for stopping by.
I haven’t said much about movies yet, which is odd, because I’m a movie-nut. One friend had a contest with a co-worker about who could answer movie trivia questions faster; IMDB, or his buddy Tim. My friend won, proving that I was a superior movie knowledge resource than the internet.
Since it is summer, I see a new movie almost every week. As much as I like blockbusters, the movie I was most excited to see recently was Moonrise Kingdom. I have a hot and cold history with its director, Wes Anderson. I loved Rushmore, and my affection for Bottle Rocket and The Royal Tenenbaums is almost as strong. But, I have my problems with The Life Aquatic and The Darjeeling Limited. No movie director is obligated to make movies I’ll like every time out, but I was feeling like my faith in Wes Anderson was a little misplaced.
Thankfully, I really enjoyed Moonrise Kingdom. I’ve been trying to pinpoint what it is that agreed with me so much. Moonrise had a stronger plot than than the movies that I liked less, but it’s not as though Rushmore or Tenenbaums had strong stories, either. None of Anderson’s characters have known where they’re going until they get there. A direct contrast to the runaway kids of Moonrise who set out with a map to their destination. I’ve been tempted to attribute my enjoyment of Moonrise as a return to form for Anderson, but is it possible that Moonrise is a departure?
Probably not. It’s too full of Anderson’s manicured set designs. It’s cast with too many of his favorite actors. The Futura font is used too abundantly. At times, Anderson’s movies feel too mannered and practiced to engage me on a personal level. Let’s call it a refinement.Whatever was done that was different, Moonrise feels like a personal and specific view of the world.
I mentioned above that I’ve been brewing my own beer. I started at the beginning of this year, and having brewed three batches so far, I am itching to get to my fourth. The most important thing I’ve learned about this brewing process is how easy it is. Really. I wish someone had told me sooner. Actually, I think some people did, I just didn’t believe them. While I haven’t brewed that perfect batch yet, I’ve been successful enough that each batch feels like I’ve pulled off some kind of magic trick.
Now I have to put things in perspective. I’ve been brewing with malt extract. Someone has taken care of the hard part for me and already removed the sugars from the grains and sold it to me as a syrup. Brewing supply stores sell recipe kits with extracts and hop pellets and ready-to-pitch liquid yeast. It’s the brewing equivalent of using a box of cake mix. Still, these kits lowered the barrier to entry and, while it is still a way off, I could see myself someday daring to do an all grain batch myself. In the meantime, I’ll keep buying the kits, taste some tasty brew along they way, and dare to call myself a brewer.
I was fortunate enough to go to PAX East a couple of weeks ago, a massive gaming convention that has descended upon Boston for the past three springs and will continue to do so for several years to come. Most people think it’s just a video game convention, and there is a lot of that. It’s the showiest part of the event and gets most of the attention. But the heart of PAX is in tabletop gaming—that’s where you get to hang out with your friends, meet new people, and learn a new game or two.
Most of the games are “European style”, which I think is just a term to differentiate them from classic games like Monopoly. I found myself drawn to card based games. I like that each card is a discreet canvas for a piece of fantasy or horror art. One that was particularly amusing was called Miskatonic School for Girls and was based around a Cuthlhu/H.P. Lovecraft theme—all the faculty were barely disguised Lovecraft monsters out to steal sanity from the student body. Check out Lunch Lady Lulu to see what I am talking about.