question: who is ariadoss?
Hi, I'm Ariadoss aka Danilo Stern-Sapad. I'm multiracial (1/2 Filipino, 1/4 Polish, 1/4 Russian) and proud of my heritage. I've traveled to a lot of awesome places in my life—the Philippines and Israel being the coolest. My parents come from different religious backgrounds so I've always been open about spirituality though I consider myself a Baha'i. Also, to those of you who don't know me be warned: I can talk forever about anything (you'll learn quickly).
TangentialMusings.com is my personal blog where I share my thoughts on web development and Internet marketing along with some arbitrary miscellany. The new more down-to-earth description is, "Struggling with SEO, Search Marketing, Social Media, Web Design, PHP, etc.? You've come to the right place. Featuring practical advice and tutorials." But the old and in my opinion more entertaining version is, "Featuring the general jabber and ostentatious prater of the self-proclaimed (beware the qualifier) expert on all things analytical, critical, and technological." I always seem to be thinking of a million things at once, which can make it difficult for people to follow what I'm saying; I always go off on these crazy tangents—hence my blog's title: Tangential Musings.
Of course the old description doesn't provide enough information about the site so here's what it actually covers: search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM), social media, Internet advertising, web development, PHP programming, web design, Mac OS X, along with other stuff that I may find interesting.
I have a great affinity for all aspects of internet marketing though my primary foci are search engine marketing (SEM) and search engine optimization (SEO). I'm currently experimenting with social media marketing (SMM) in order to supplement my existing marketing campaigns. I read marketing articles on a daily basis (you can't avoid it when you subscribe to as many blogs as I do). I even read books on marketing, management, and sales for fun. I'm currently writing some free ebooks and starting a blog on marketing. Understand, that I have to organize years of the best practices I've learned and present them in a coherent manner, which may take considerable time. Please check out SearchEngineMarketingWizards.com if you're interested in my services.
What I Do
I handle the front-end, I handle the back-end, I handle the middleware interpreter. I do anything and everything related to the process of constructing a website, whether it's a custom-built web-based application written in PHP, or a information intensive website needing a user-friendly CMS with a MySQL database back-end, or a basic site necessitating only semantic XHTML and valid CSS, I can do it, I've done it, and I'll do it again. I'm a major proponent of open source and have released some of my programming projects under compatible licenses.
I've been employed by Justia.com as a web developer for the past 3 years; I've been dabbling in web design for over 6 years; and I've been programming for 4 years. My latest web application is Author Wars, which is currently in alpha, for more information about the project and the tools I used to develop it check out the AuthorWars.com About page. I have a listing of my personal websites and projects on Tangential Musings, as for my work at Justia.com some websites I worked on are: Franco Columbu, LLRX, JurisPro, and U.S. Laws.
Tools of the Trade
CodeIgniter, Drupal, WordPress, MoveableType, BBEdit, TextMate, Mac OS X, Ubuntu Linux, RedHat/CentOS Linux, Apache, Lighttpd, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator
What I Read
I've also read a multitude of books and articles as well as taken formal classes (at the Art Institute of California - San Francisco) on usability, interface design, search engine optimization (SEO), regular expressions (RegEx), object oriented programming (OOP), marketing, design patterns, secure coding, refactoring, unit testing, database design, database optimization, information security, reverse engineering, cryptography, computer graphics (Photoshop & Illustrator), content development, content management, content aggregation (RSS/XML), screen-scraping, template engines, project management, time management, typography, e-commerce, e-learning, social networking, web 2.0, scalability, Google hacks, and interactive animation (though I'd rather not touch Flash).
Can You Hire Me?
Yes. I'm always interested in exploring new opportunities. :)
Aside from my devout love for internet technologies I enjoy reading, writing, and analyzing speculative fiction. Some of my poetry, short stories, editorials, and essays have been published in various anthologies and magazines though I have taken a break from writing as I don't feel I'm that good at it. I have put some samples of my poetry and a science fiction novella up online for your reading pleasure.
Yup, I'm an otaku, and I mean that by most definitions of the word. I'm a technophile, I barely leave the house, I watch loads of anime, and I read the occasional manga.