Hi there, I’m Isaac Halvorson 👋
Thanks for checking out my website. It’s good to have you here.
I’m an iOS and full stack web developer living in Lauderdale, MN, a tiny suburb of Minneapolis. In my free time, I blog here, listen to as much music as possible, tinker with code, and spend time with my wife and son. 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.
I currently work as a macOS developer for Jamf, a software company based out of Minneapolis.
I’ve spent most of my professional life working with technology. Before software development, I was an IT support technician and manager, software quality assurance technician, audio producer, and audio engineer.
If you’d like to know more, you can check out my résumé.
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.
Here are all the places you can find me elsewhere:
- Stack Exchange
- Apple Music
About This Blog
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.
I’ve been blogging since middle school on various platforms including Microsoft’s “MyPages”, Xanga, Wordpress, tumblr, Jekyll, and Hexo. This time around, I’m back with Jekyll. Jekyll was my first foray into static site generators, and coming back to it from Hexo just feels like coming home.
The site is built and deployed using GitHub Actions.
The site is hosted using Amazon S3, DNS is managed use Amazon Route 53, and content is delivered using Amazon CloudFront.
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).
My site is not nearly as light as Dan’s, but that’s the goal I had in mind.
Design inspiration comes from a number of places, including: