Tuesday 5 September 2016
Hi. Im Mark; I live in Bellingham. Im 51 years old and a confirmed bachelor. Beyond that, no other conventional labels would be absolutely accuratein my workday incarnation I do graphic design and layout, but my background is in theatre, I sing and write, my fascination with world history and linguistics is unending and passionate, etc., and all of this doesnt add up to any one thing. This is my website, but, aside from this page, the website isnt about me.
Since I first established this website in 1996, Ive changed its focus, its form, and its breadth many times as I have seen fit; I dont update this particular page very often, but my Music and Books pages are generally kept current. This website exists for effectively two main reasons: first, because Im an enthusiast, and second, because Im a Virgo with a tendency to indulge his organizational hobbies.
The enthusiast thing first: among the many things I can call myself as what Ive been in my adult life, enthusiast is most prevalent over time. I love to rejoice in the things I lovemusic, thought, history, individuals, color, video, writing, language, album art, the list is endlessand in my daily in-person life I have very little opportunity to do so. With my CD and book libraries posted here in full I share with any casual browsing visitor the range of what I delight in, and if its something they love too I love to exchange appreciations. Perhaps thats naïve, but I couldnt care less: its led to some fine convergences and hasnt hurt me yet. Things appreciated are worth appreciating, after all, and I delight in so much that it stifles me not to express the joy to anyone who feels like reading about it. And passers-by are more than welcome to skim for the bits they relate to, with no expectation that they should comment or sign some bloody guestbook .
As for the organizational Virgo hobby aspect, well, that has to do with the fact that I like to have a handy reference to whats on my bookshelves and in my music collection. Im a voracious reader, and when Im almost finished reading a book I like to browse my shelves (or this archive of their contents) to choose which book to tackle next (whether read or not-yet-read). With my CD library page, which Ive recently augmented with tracklists and some commentaries for selected albums, the pragmatic role is one of convenience: if I have the CD in question with me as I travel but its tracklist is on a slipcase in my house, I can refer to the tracklist on my own website; also its handy to refer to when confirming an albums year of release, etc., without having to wait for www.allmusic.coms interfaces programming to finish loading.
Beyond all this explanation, I hasten to add that Im an interesting and ridiculously amusing guy who just enjoys having his own odd little space online. As soon as I get time to add a Humor section to this site youll get to sample the stuff my friends over the years have best known me for, and the new Travel page should further elucidate some of my interests that I delight in (such as in the tales of my trips to Yurp in early 2003 and 2006).
Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy what you find here.
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