Web Developer, Musician, and Community Organizer in Minneapolis, Minnesota
I have a confession to make — I get really bored doing just one thing and have an obsession with having my hands in multiple disciplines. I have a bit of a renaissance complex — I'm a web and user interface designer, musician and singer/songwriter, a beer brewer, and photographer. I like to be busy!
# DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
I'm a Senior Web UI Designer and Developer by trade for over 20 years now. I work for the State of Minnesota and have served clients both large and small — from the MN Governor's office, to UnitedHealth Group, to smaller companies and firms like Current Electric Systems. I've designed a wide variety of websites and presently am a Senior Interface Designer and Developer for our State's Web Content Management System on SDL Tridion.
I've been homebrewing for over a decade now, am a former member of the American Homebrewers Association. I have also won a few awards for my beers, including third place for my Oktoberfest at the Minnesota State Fair. On a hobbyist level, I have studied various facets of the commercial brewing industry. My wife and I also host an annual Oktoberfest celebration with seven to ten of my beers on tap and over a hundred guests.
I've been a musician and singer/songwriter for about 25 years now and have been in a variety of bands over the years and as a long-standing solo artist under the pseudonym "Michael Miles". Presently I've been spending my spare time working on music for my project STOLACE, an acoustic instrumental project with a serious post-rock vibe. It's pretty sweet. Past efforts have included other projects, including AUTURGY and Crash Effect. Be sure to check out my videos on YouTube — I think you'll like them.
# COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
I also spend some of my time in helping develop different small communities and charitable fronts. I organize and head up a cycling/beer club called BEER & BIKES, and am a volunteer with the 501st Legion and attend charitable "troops" as a full-on legitimate costumed stormtrooper, TK-27072.