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Hi! I'm Jason. Welcome to my personal E/N # microblog. If you don't know much about me, just read on.

Wondering what I've been up to recently? You should read my Now page.

Looking to connect? If shooting an email (regular or encrypted) or iMessage is your thing, my Contact Card is at www.jasonshew.com. If you intend to show your support or send a gratuity for something you find useful or interesting, you can do so by one of the means listed on that page. Support in any form would be appreciated. My social media handles are listed here.

Curious to know what hardware, software, and services I'm currently using? See Colophon.

Now let me introduce myself and this site in more detail:

About Me

My name is Jason Shew (pronouns: he/him/his). I am a 30-something young man who is currently enjoying a fruitful career in education and transitioning into information technology and computer science. I'm living in the beautiful Province of Ontario, Canada. Trained in linguistics. Unapologetically byelingual. Teaching ESL. Studying CS. Aspiring to be a top-notch software and web developer. Creating music and visuals. Into music, typography, photography, astronomy, wiki-binge, culinary arts, and fine arts. More of a thinker than an observer. Frequently sold on ingenious product design and visual design. In love with a range of brand names: Apple, Apogee, Bang & Olufsen, Dyson, etc. A cosmopolitan, flâneur, and occasional recluse. A certified INTP-T 5w4 and socially unsophisticated boy. A utopian realist and imperfect perfectionist.

Netizenship

I became a digital citizen in as early as 1999. The first websites I frequented were Yahoo! and AOL. Apart from the Web, I came into contact with Email, IM, and Telnet in that year. I started to build my first home page in 1999 using Microsoft FrontPage and later Macromedia Dreamweaver and my first personal website proper in 2006, hence the time span shown in the footer. Over the past 10+ years I hopped from one blog to another, but these sites came along by the same token: serving as a repository for my personal digital content.

Musicianship

I learned to sing and play the keyboard from childhood to early adulthood. In 2001, I came into contact with FruityLoops 3, and it was an eye-opening experience. Since then I've been a self-taught DAW user and amateur singer-songwriter. I wrote my first song in 1999 and produced my first digital EP in 2005, all tracks being primitive, coarse, and lacking in texture. I wrote and recorded most of my works during and shortly after my college years. I've also collaborated with a few indie artists as a pop arranger. I went into an indefinite hiatus in 2013 because of my day job as an instructor and administrative manager, despite a few singles released between 2014 and 2017. As such, I took down almost all my stuff from the Internet. At this point I'm planning to rebrand my previous music project and add new materials to it – of course I'll get to do it only when I'm not otherwise occupied.

Inclusivity

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An LGBT rights and body positivity advocate, I identify as a cisgender aromantic bisexual male and member of the bear community. Friends also call me J Bear as a term of endearment based on my first initial and middle name, which happens to reflect my physique and identity.

About This Site

This site is an all-in-one E/N moblog (mobile weblog, or microblog-style website) encompassing my status updates and blog posts. It is is run for personal rather than media or professional purposes, and all the opinions you read on this site do not reflect the views of anyone else. It is my personal journal in this immense digital world. That said, it still embraces visitors from all over the world and thus has a very intuitive design.

Three basic principles:
(1) absolute autonomy in determining boundaries of free speech expressions, i.e. decided denial of unsolicited censorship imposed by any authority;
(2) little to no expectation of social media engagement (through comments, shares, and likes, for example), no link exchanges, but utter openness to people from all walks of life who are fond of deeper levels of connections;
(3) zero involvement in corporate sponsorship, zero monetization, and zero tracking, with the possible exception of a few affiliation links.

Tech Specs of This Site

This site is hosted on Blot.im. The theme is called SHEWTOPIA, based on Blog, one of the default templates provided by Blot, with a considerable amount of coding work done for customization. Content is managed with iOS apps including Shortcuts and Ulysses. Many of the files in .html format are written in VS Code or some other code editor. All microposts and blogposts are syndicated to Micro.blog and Mastodon. This site provides an RSS feed. Previously images were hosted on another server with a self-hosted solution powered by Chevereto. Thanks to Blot, now images are directly fetched from Google Drive.

Colour Scheme

On this site, you can see two dominant colours and several accent colours.

Dominant colours (Dark Mode only since November 22, 2022):

White (text): #E3E3E3
Black (background): #121212

Major accent colours:

Canada Red    #D52B1E
Twitter Blue    #1FA1F3

Occasionally, you may see other colours including:

Reddit Orange    #FF4500
Facebook Blue    #4267B2
Line Green    #00B901
Snapchat Yellow    #FFFC00
Creative Commons LicenseCreative Commons LicenseAll graphic, audio, and video materials as well as text on this site were created and/or edited by Jason Shew, except where otherwise noted. All original content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.


🇨🇦 PROUDLY MADE IN ONTARIO, CANADA




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