My name is Dave
Hello there, and welcome to the page that is likely being viewed the least: the page about me. I’m not sure why you’d want to read this page, but since every personal page on the planet seems to have them, it just made sense for me to follow suit and do the same. So, let’s get right into it!
My name is David, though I also go by Dave (the domain is because DavidPinson.com was already registered). I am a mostly self-taught website designer and developer from North Carolina. I say “mostly” because, in 2014, I went back to school, leading to a degree in Network Security. My website building classes didn’t actually teach me anything I didn’t already know, but other classes were beneficial.
In other words, I’m old–in Internet years, that is.
I work primarily with the technologies you see to the right (unless you’re on a mobile browser, in which case, just scroll down the page). My first jump into the realm of building websites was back when Symantec Visual Page was a thing. Never heard of it? I’m not surprised. It hit the shelves in 1998.
My first step into WordPress was back before it existed under that name. I’m talking about a script called b2/Cafelog. Before Matt forked the dying project into what we now know as WordPress, I used it to follow the path of a friend who had developed a popular social network site. My friend had told me about how he learned PHP by pulling apart applications like b2/Cafelog, and going through hundreds of dollars worth of books about the programming language. Doing this gave him the ability to build a site that, if memory serves, was at one time pulling in five figures a month. Considering I was working in a video store for minimum wage, I was intrigued by this concept.
Between then and now, I’ve developed a lot of different things. From stand-alone websites for clients to WordPress based products that have been used on countless WordPress installations around the web, I’ve been involved with a myriad of websites.
Eventually, there came a time when I decided I didn’t want to rely on WordPress anymore. I wanted to build all my own stuff, and that’s exactly what I did. This included a content management system that powered several websites back in the day.
The biggest project I undertook was to develop a large social networking application. It started small, but I watched it grow fast after throwing it on a testing site. I added additional features, including private messaging, photo albums, a complete forum system, statistical tracking, and a powerful moderation panel to handle the influx of content.
And this was never supposed to happen. I was just building an application, not trying to start a live website. That said, the experience taught me several things, including the importance of optimization, the various server management levels, and how difficult it can be to manage hundreds of users on a site that receives several thousand visits per day.
It also taught me how much time and energy goes into managing the development and maintenance of a stand-alone application. Doing that on your own eats away a lot of time and cranks up the stress levels. That’s the primary reason I moved back to WordPress. It wasn’t just me behind the wheel. In fact, a whole community was working on maintaining and improving the application. I was able to work on whatever specific task I needed to, which is when I began developing themes.
As I write this, I am developing new WordPress themes for my WordPress theme shop, Amuga Themes. The name is based on something my son used to say when he was around two years old. It works a lot better than the original name, ACWPThemes, an acronym for Asheboro Creative WordPress Themes. Asheboro Creative is the brand behind my client work and where I first started developing free WordPress themes like Basic Start and WP Battlefield.
(Note: both of those themes are probably garbage by now and should probably be avoided.)
Other Things I Do
Most people who know me know that I’m very into the Phantasm Films. I’ve been a “phan” for decades and own several items related to the movies, including the vinyl soundtrack, a couple of spheres, the films on VHS, and the out of print Blu-ray box set. I also have a signed Anugs Scrimm photo I used to ward off “Momo” when my son was afraid of her, and a couple awesome posters signed by Reggie Bannister.
I used to work in a couple of different video stores and have a large inventory of movies. I own more VHS tapes than anyone should these days.
I am also a turntable DJ. I use both vinyl and digital decks, with a primary focus on turntablism. Turntablism involves a lot of scratching, which tends to kill records, needles, and crossfaders. When I have time, I record a mix set called 30 Minutes on Deck, which you can find on Mixcloud.
I am working on a project called “My Head is Full of Pigeons,” which consists primarily of scratch music. Before you ask, no, I have no idea why I called it that. I have a habit of giving things very odd names.
When not doing any of the stuff I just mentioned, you can usually find me doing things with my kids or my wife. We all like playing video games, both at home and at the arcade. My kids would live at the arcade if I let them, which sounds a lot like myself when I was younger. I was one of those guys who would play Mortal Kombat and just beat the snot out of anyone who challenged me. Not so much these days. My son and my daughter though, give them Disney Infinity or Little Big Planet and they’ll mess you up.
(I know Little Big Planet isn’t really that kind of game but she’s good at it, so whatever.)