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A Picture of Isaac's Face

Hi there, I’m Isaac Halvorson 👋

Thanks for checking out my website. It’s good to have you here.

About Me

I’m an iOS and full stack web developer living in Saint Paul, MN. In my free time, I blog here, listen to as much music as possible, and I’m currently developing my very first iOS app, a quotebook called Adage. You can see more of what I’m doing here at my /now page.

My interests include science-fiction, music, technology, and open source software. Ask me my thoughts on Benjamin Sisko, Londo Mollari, Aphex Twin, or Neil Young sometime. I’ve got many thoughts to share.

Work

I currently work at C.H. Robinson, developing their iOS apps: Navisphere Carrier and Navisphere Driver.

I’ve spent most of my professional life working with technology. I’m an experienced IT support technician and manager, and I’ve also done software quality assurance, and audio production & engineering.

Education

In 2011, I graduated from the Institute of Production and Recording with an AAS degree in Audio Production and Recording.

In 2017, I graduated from Prime Digital Academy, fulfilling a childhood dream of becoming a software developer.

Elsewhere

Here are all the places you can find me elsewhere:

About This Blog

Philosophy

I’ve started and stopped blogs many times, but the times I was most consistent was when I was just writing whatever I felt like writing. Personal posts, link posts, music reviews, technical articles; this blog is a mixture of all of those and more. I also plan to re-post some of the blog entries I was smart enough to save, dating back to 2005. I think keeping the format loose will make me more comfortable and interested in writing here.

Technical Details

I’ve been blogging since middle school on various platforms including Microsoft’s “MyPages”, Xanga, Wordpress, tumblr, and a self-hosted Jekyll blog. This time around, I’m trying out Hexo. It’s similar to Jekyll in that it processes Markdown files for the blog posts, but it’s heavily steeped in JavaScript, which is the programming language I’m most familiar with. It runs on Node.js and its templating engine is EJS.

Design

For the design of this blog, I took inspiration from multiple sites. Philosophically, I was inspired by Dan Loewenherz’ blog goal of making the site as light as possible. From his about page:

The site uses the latest semantic markup as recommended by the W3C and is built with a 56k modem philosophy in mind (for those who grew up after dial-up, that’s a codeword for using as little bandwidth as possible).

I don’t think my site is quite as light as Dan’s, but that’s the goal I had in mind.