I’m André Legris
This is my personal website. It’s a veritable cauldron of exaggerations, falsehoods, and deceptions, seasoned with inaccuracies and topped with a generous helping of hyperbole.
But some of it is also true.
So why build a personal website? Why now? Well, I figured the time had come.
I’ve been using the internet since before the World Wide Web existed, back in the good old ARPAnet days, when Geeks and Nerds were not cool and computers were the size of refrigerators yet had less computing power or memory than iPods.
Back when a floppy disk was so thin it was actually floppy, and held only enough resident memory to save about 20 pages of text (and certainly no images).
Back when monitors were the size of mini-fridges and instead of a friendly graphic user interface with Windows and soothing music, all you would get was a very black and intimidating screen, with a blinking cursor which mocked you; “Hey, stop staring and type in a command. Any command. I dare you…”
These days, we have handheld devices that will allow me to simultaneously check my e-mail, add a day-timer entry for an upcoming meeting, and have some snot-nosed teen from the other side of the world destroy my character in a FPS combat game. It’s time that I did something more useful with the internet.
Something other than writing boring technical documents that no one will ever read, or editing environmental plans that the construction company is just going to ignore anyway in favour of their ‘ screw the wetlands; gotta git ‘er done!‘ approach.
Something more productive than forwarding videos of cats doing funny things on YouTube. Something more permanent than Facebook entries that begin with, “Hey everybody. Look what I had for lunch!“
I’ve decided the time has come to claim my own bit of digital real estate and so, with this website, I hereby plant my flag on the virtual landscape.