Before Mule, Jim spent over a decade building websites and solving problems in online media. He started writing HTML in the mid-90’s when his friends all split for the beach and all he had was a (then) brand-new HTML 2.0 reference book. He believes in pushing pixels and code not just in service of itself but in a real effort to help explain the world around us. He’s had the privilege of working solo with freelancers, in the research library and newsroom of the Chicago Tribune, and traveling all over the world as a journalism and multimedia instructor. Jim puts his inquisitive nature to good use at Mule, where every project affords a new set of challenges.
Away from HTML and database queries, Jim is an avid, self-taught home cook. He writes and converses about food at Salt & Fat with his pal Neven, a world-class designer, cook, and all-around great guy. Among Jim’s influences, Thomas Keller (and his sharp, clear writing) and the prolific David Chang rank tops, in and out of the kitchen. At least once a year, Jim tries to get a new stamp on his passport with his beautiful, multi-lingual wife.
Jim is a graduate of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina. He learned to love Unix, programming, and the web on one of the oldest and most venerable web sites still going at ibiblio.org.