Weirdbook.org

A blog experiment by Brad Mills.

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My name is Brad Mills, and this is my website. I wear several hats here. First of all, I'm a web developer living and working in Charleston, WV. I've been horsing around with Internet technologies since about 2002 and getting paid to do so since 2007. It's a pretty good gig most of the time. The software which drives this site was written entirely by yours truly.

Second. What is Weirdbook? It's kind of this thing I do and have done since 1984. There's a history page which discusses the domain itself, the portmanteau Weirdbook, and the ancient origins of this project. As for this site, which is one of several things I could lump under the term "Weirdbook," it's a place where I write publicly about things which interest me or catch my attention. I'll not call it a blog, simply because I think that's a stupid word.

A little more about writing. Once upon a time I wanted to be a "professional writer" in the sense of getting paid for it. I actually was, briefly. It was at a time when I needed money more than artistic fulfillment, though, so when a better paying opportunity came along, I took it. Although I don't regret that decision, I haven't forgotten that there was more to the dream than merely getting paid for it. I liked it and I still do. So — don't tell anyone! — I'm working my way back in that direction. It's a process, and I've learned that most things in life are. What is a "professional writer" anyway? Do I have to wear a tie? I hope not.

Anyway, and keeping in mind that all things are works in progress, I am writing stuff. Enough people have told me I'm good at it that I've started to listen and put my words out into the world a bit. I was doing that here, for awhile, and then got hit with an unexpected divorce. It took a few years to recuperate, but I've decided it's time to get back on and try this ride again.

Third, I'm a father to two kids, one of each, eight years apart. They are as different as night and day, as cliche as that may sound, but it's my great pleasure and responsibility to be a rock for them as well as a rock star.

Brad Mills Last. Here's a picture of me from June, 2010. A true and dear friend of mine took it as we were traveling to Pittsburgh. Surprisingly, I looked very much like this in high school. I felt, back in 2010, like this picture captured the essence of me pretty well. I guess it did at the time, but looking at it now, that dude looks like a stranger.

Brad Mills So here's a picture of me from January, 2016. I took it myself one morning on the way to my paying job. It's who I am today: focused, determined, unwavering. And, I'll add, wearing a pin with "Why be normal" on it. That part will never change.

Ok, last... for real this time. The opinions I express here are mine, and do not represent any employer or organization associated with me, past, present, or future. Blah, blah, blah. I say what I want here. You can read it or look away, but ultimately, I pay the bill to keep this boat afloat. Read the full disclaimer if you're so inclined, but it's pretty common sense stuff.

Thanks for stopping by. Illegitimis non carborundum.