A Little Bit Longer, Now:
At the age of 18, I decided I was going to be a rockstar when I grew up, so I stuffed a backpack full of rock and roll t-shirts and traveled around the country playing shows for two years. I lived in a van with four other dudes, living off of ramen noodles and about $30/month.
Due to the band’s limited (nonexistent?) income, I volunteered to build a website for us. That website was absolutely terrible, and it inspired me to rebuild, then rebuild again. By about the 15th iteration, the site actually looked respectable, and I had realized that I really enjoyed design and web development.
This new passion led me to build sites for close friends, and before long I had my first paid freelance job, and I began moonlighting as a freelance web developer (from 2004–2008).
In 2008, I quit my day job and went full-time as a freelancer under the moniker Ennui Design. I established myself as an expert on PHP development with the publication of PHP for Absolute Beginners (Apress) in 2009, and again with Pro PHP and jQuery (Apress) in 2010.
In 2011, I joined forces with the rest of the crew at Copter Labs. I also co-own and manage Humblecock, Inc., a clothing company, in my spare time.