“I used to always think that I had to have a reason to record my observations of the day, or even my emotions, but now I think simply being alive is more than enough reason.”
– Daniel from Microserfs
My name is Scott Vandehey, and I’m a CSS Ninja. I’m 34 years old, and live in sunny Portland, Oregon with my wife and daughter. I spend my spare time watching movies, reading sci-fi novels or comics, playing video games, and working on this site. I am probably not a Cylon.
If my life was a game of Jeopardy!, my seven dream categories would be:
- Web standards and CSS
- Comic books
- Blues Brothers trivia
- Science fiction
- Video games
- Downtempo music
- Potent Potables
In the past I have worked as a retail salesmonkey, a camp counselor, a radio DJ, a graphic artist, and a web developer. I have traveled to New York, Indianapolis, British Columbia, and Sapporo, Japan. I have produced a webcomic, helped to produce a video game, and had my artwork published in the New York Times.
About The Site
Web development is a large part of my life. I’ve been active online and had some sort of website since 1996. I taught myself HTML with the tutorials on webmonkey.com. At first I coded by hand since early websites were so simple. Then, in the Creating Killer Websites era of table-based-layouts and single-pixel-gifs, I continued to code by hand because it was a source of pride. Now, in the Zeldman/Meyer age of web standards, I live and breathe CSS. I code by hand because anything else adds an unnecessary level of abstraction between myself and the source. (see my Manifesto of a Web Producer)
This website started with Miles Johnson and I registering a domain name combining two of our favorite things. Ninjas. From Space. At various times, this domain has hosted personal sites, design sites, galleries, webcomics and experiments. It has always hosted my personal site, and that’s what’s taken over now. I don’t have any over-arching theme for the site, other than just writing about what’s important to me, and I do that on a nearly daily basis. (see the complete history of spaceninja)