knowledge is an activity


OK, I’ll admit it … sometimes when I look at the computer screen, at just content showing up on the screen, I stop and say to myself “that’s cool,” and I want to know how to do that.  Programming and website building feel like a form of self-realization.  You have an idea and you are able to make it happen.  I’ve been teaching myself programming and site building for 25 years.  I don’t intend to stop anytime soon.

I like to help other people and I have benefited from other people’s generosity in sharing their knowledge through blog posts and tutorials, so I’m returning the favor.

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My name is David McCan and I am an anthropologist turned software developer.  I studied dispute handing in New Zealand between the Maori and the British Crown / New Zealand government.  While writing my university dissertation I worked in a public library.  The Internet was just taking hold and I helped put in the first public access Internet computers and created their first website.  This got me started.

I began in IT doing tech support, then moved into network and database administration. I ended up working as an IT manager and developer for a large photography company for a number of years.   I know a lot of us in the WordPress world are freelancers and site builders providing services to businesses, but those experiences helped me to also see things from other perspectives.

I  live in a small Midwestern town.  By some twist of fate, I have fiber to the home and can now enjoy working from home. The coffee is better and the only office politics are when the cat takes a nap in the dog’s bed. 🙂

When I’m not in front of the computer, I enjoy listening to audio books, hanging out with family and taking walks with our dog.

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“Knowledge is an activity” is a quote from Albert Einstein. It resonates with me because I learn by doing.

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