I'm Michael Hanscom. Some old friends may remember me as Woody (or Wüdi), though I pretty much just go by Michael these days. Hi there.
Contact: Finding me in the virtual world…
Looking to get ahold of me for something? Good old-fashioned email is often the best option.
My primary weblog is Eclecticism, at least for the moment as I build out this site and figure out exactly what I'm doing with it.
I also have accounts on a number of other online communities, websites, and social networking sites — though I am working on reducing how much content I hand over to corporations instead of posting on space that I control, so I may or may not actually be very active on any of these. You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Goodreads, YouTube, Vimeo, MixCloud, and possibly a few others I’ve forgotten about.
I consider myself an ambivert; neither entirely extrovert or introvert, but somewhere in between and able to be comfortable on my own or in social situations. Geeky in both computing and science-fiction senses — with computers, MacOS is my home turf, but I'm comfortable in Windows environments and can find my way around in *nix; with science fiction, Star Trek (TOS) is my primary fandom. I spent a number of years as a goth/alternative/electronica DJ, and still occasionally post mixes to my DJ Wüdi site when I get inspired. Politically liberal, with active interests in social justice and equality movements; I try to be aware of my own privilege and use it to support those who have less. I strive to be friendly and welcoming, to be curious and open to new ideas, viewpoints, and tools, and to generally do my best to be a good person. I use he/him pronouns.
I was raised in Alaska, but have been living in Washington since 2001. Currently, I live in Renton, just south of Seattle. I have a bachelor's degree in Law and Justice, and a master's degree in Information Technology and Administrative Management, both awarded from Central Washington University (in 2011 and 2015, respectively). I work for Launch Consulting writing internal guidance and policy for the Microsoft Store developer operations team, and volunteer for the Seattle-area Norwescon sci-fi and fantasy convention. Posts, opinions, and commentary here are my own and should not be taken as speaking for anyone else, including my employers.
My own personal WayBack Machine. I've been active online since 1991, when I first got access to email and command-line FTP and Usenet access through the VAX systems at the University of Alaska Anchorage during my first, abortive attempt at higher education, and have had my own website online since 1995, in the very early days of the web. Here and there as I redesigned or moved from one ISP to another I saved archives of my site at the time, and have kept those archives online as a testament to those early days.
Keep in mind, these sites were designed in earlier years for earlier browsers, so some aspects may be somewhat broken on modern browsers.
- February 27, 1996: “Netscape 2.0 Enhanced.”
- February 14, 1997: Redesigned. Featured one of the first incarnations of a Gigs Music Theatre site, though it’s just a single page here.
- April 21, 1997: A few months later. A little less content, as I started to focus on expanding the Gig’s page. Design is the same.
- March 30, 1998: Same design, but the Gig’s page has evolved into a full-fledged site of its own by this point.
- July 5, 2002: Four years later.
- Some unremembered time after that last archive, I moved to a blog on the TypePad hosted service, and then a WordPress installation on a DreamHost account, and haven't made full-site backups like the above because everything was in the blog. At least I have those windows into my increasingly distant online past!