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!
(And I promise, this won’t be one of those pages that talks about myself in the third person, listing and fanboy/girling over my amazing accomplishments, as if I’m not the guy who wrote 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 Asheboro, 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 there were other classes that 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 all the way 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 stepped in to save the dying project by forking it into what we now know as WordPress, I used it to follow the path of a friend of mine who had developed a popular social network site. Pulling apart applications like b2/Cafelog and going through numerous books 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 at the time for minimum wage, this intrigued me to say the least.
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 by countless WordPress installations around the web, I’ve been involved with a myriad of websites.
I also developed a social networking application that, after throwing it on a test site, grew beyond the point of containment, attracted thousands of visitors a day, imploded and has since been lost in the ether of old cPanel backups. That experience taught me a lot about why it’s important to optimize your websites and applications.
As I write this, I am simultaneously in the process of 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 2 years old, and works a lot better than the original name, ACWPThemes, which is 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 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 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. My primary focus is on turntablism. This 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 naming 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.)