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This represents a small sampling of websites upon which I have recently tinkered. This list omits sites I’ve built for my employers’ clients (which, unfortunately, is the majority of my recent work). [Visit Site]

DamnInteresting is a site I founded in 2005 which features essays on science, history, and psychology. I designed/developed the site, built the audience, and I write most of the material. Some additional articles are penned by our multinational gaggle of authors.

  • Site UI (not counting photos) is 100% vector-based for fast performance and sharp display on all devices.
  • Designed to scale to large influxes of traffic (6,000+ concurrent visitors).
  • Millions of readers annually.
  • Used as a reference in thousands of Wikipedia articles.
  • A frequent favorite on social media, such as reddit.
  • See also embedded interactive tools such as the Mars Cycler Simulator.

The Zero-Armed Bandit Game [Visit Site]

A simple browser-based game to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the events described in The Zero-Armed Bandit, my most popular writing (so far).

Voyager Golden Record Experience [Visit Site]

This simulator replicates the imagery and sounds included on the golden phonograph records affixed to the sides of Voyagers 1 and 2, launched in 1977. It was tricky to create convincing spinning record effect, but I think I got there.

3D Wedding Invitation [Visit Site]

When I was recently scheduled to be married, I created this website to provide details for invitees. If you happen to be in possession of red/blue 3D glasses, you will enjoy the full three-dimensional experience. The 3D effect turned out surprisingly nifty. Our mailed paper invitations were also 3D, and included a pair of red/blue 3D glasses.

Note that as you scroll down you enter the animated atmosphere of Mars. Also, the stars at the beginning have a slight parallax effect. I still have some spare 3D glasses, so I can snailmail you a pair upon request.

Seay & Traphagan [Visit Site]

I designed/themed this WordPress site for Seay & Traphagan, a Texas-based tax law firm. I also designed the logo. It was very taxing. To quote the renowned philosopher Gordon Shumway, “I kill me.” It’s an ALF reference, ask your parents. Why do you remain on my lawn?