I’ve named the site based on a post of the same name (Princes and Madmen) as well as my formerly separate politics blog (The C Shore, originally named for the fact that the first real programming language I learned was called ‘C’, and coding is a big part of my life, and had taken to using ‘cshore’ as an online username. Nowadays it’s just convenient given that I live on the shores of Georgian Bay. It’s not technically the sea, but it is a significant body of water).
As you can tell, this site is not about my code or professional life — for that see https://www.wildtechgarden.ca/. This is my personal site, with my concerns, opinions, creative ‘stuff’, and all that jazz.
I’ve had quite an interesting (read challenging) life and managed to do some pretty good work despite all of that. On this site, however, I am mostly focused on topics that are either personal or for-fun creative, rather than ‘real work’ like firmware development, web development, work history, and the various professional and hobby activities that are what far too many folks see as the only things that make a person’s life valuable or make a person’s life matter.
I like to think of myself as an early digital native (since the 80s, while I was in public school). I had the opportunity to work with Commodore 64’s in Grades 6 to 8 and was working on an exotic assembly language program before I was in Grade 9. This passion for technology is one of the reasons I am happy the Midland Public Library now has the MakerPlace.