Why a FAQ in a self-promotional website, you may ask? First and foremost, it was one of the pages included in this delightful WordPress theme, and I thought it might be useful at some point. Second, it felt like a smashing place to offer a little more insight into who I am.
Fair warning: the questions contained herein may not be "frequently asked" by anyone, and some answers may not be terribly useful or serious.
What’s the "D" stand for?
David. I share my middle name with my father. I certainly hope your questions get more interesting from here...
Are you willing to relocate?
Yes, an amazing opportunity could convince me to relocate. My lovely wife and I currently reside in Reading, PA. Fun fact: the Reading Railroad on the Monopoly board is from my town. Less fun fact: Reading was designated "America's Poorest City" in 2011.
Have you won any professional awards?
Yes. I was the lead writer on projects that were honored in the following competitions/organizations: SXSW Interactive, Webbys, Cablefax, PromaxBDA, Communicator Awards, American Advertising Awards, W3 Awards, Pixel Awards, Reggie Awards, and possibly a few others that I'm forgetting about. If you'd like specifics about any particular competition, I'll have to do some digging; there were multiple winners in most cases. Please understand that I'm not including this info to be boastful... Every single win was the result of collaborative efforts between teams of very talented people, and we had the good fortune to have our work recognized by our peers.
Who built this website?
I did. I've been dabbling in web design on and off for years, although it's just a hobby. The WordPress theme that I used was reasonably easy to figure out, and it makes me look far more skilled at web stuff than I actually am.
Can I see some pictures of your super-cute dog?
Absolutely, and I don't blame you for asking. Treat yourself to some pics of Gus in the Gallery just for funsies. To answer the next question almost certainly on your mind, he's a Shih Tzu/Yorkshire Terrier mix that we adopted from the fine people at Reading, PA's Animal Rescue League. You'll also find pictures of Stella, the white/black cat that we adopted from the Reading Humane Society, and Archer, the orange cat that we adopted from one of my wife's coworkers.
Have I seen you rocking a top hat somewhere?
Quite possibly. While I was with Neo-Pangea, a company swaddled in Victorian chic, I was known as The Lord High Vocabumancer. I was wearing a top hat in my company portrait, which was accompanied by this slightly ironic bio: "Prone to parlance of sublime eloquence, Jay is our tenured professor of linguistic esoterica. Whenever a project requires the conjuration of elegant phraseology, he performs a few incantations, spills the contents of his mind onto the page, and rewards his muse by swilling another tankard of coffee."
Star Wars or Star Trek ?
Both, but for different reasons. (I am, after all, a proud geek.) Star Wars, despite some narrative problems that the audience is simply asked to overlook, has always been great fun. It perfectly channels that impatient longing to become something more that is so typical of youth and straight-up makes you want to wield a lightsaber to take on the whole galaxy. Star Trek, on the other hand, has always felt more cerebral to me, and it takes on more serious philosophical questions about humanity and its place in the universe. Next Generation forever...
Coke or Pepsi?
It's a bit like choosing the right wine to complement your dinner, isn't it? All things considered equal, I ever-so-slightly favor Coke, particularly with vanilla. The Pepsi made with real sugar is also pretty outstanding.