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Community News January 2002

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Martin Burns

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User since: 26 Apr 1999

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Happy 2002 everyone. Here's what the New Year brought to the lives of evolt members.


  • Mike King celebrated his birthday in evolt-style, painting London red (and green and blue) with a beervolt. How old is that now, Mike?
  • Portland evoltistas got together and did food as well as beer. An interesting innovation...

Awards, kudos and other recognition

  • Matthew Garrett's site made for photographer Norman Mauskopf,, has made it into Graphis Interactive Design 2, an international print collection of graphic design driven web sites. Publication date is unknown at this point, but it should come out in the first half of this year. We're all looking forward to it. Those are awesome photos.
  • Ron White, a well-established member in the community, appeared on Jeopardy! on January 23rd, winning $12,001. Ben Dyer, yet another evolt member, has posted some AVI files of Ron's appearance. On January 24th, as returning champion, Ron bet the bundle on the Final Jeopardy question, but lost. Congrats, Ron! But... where was the plug?! :)
  • Jeff Howden has had the skills which produced a lot of evolt's ColdFusion code recognised by being recently selected by New Riders publishing company to help review a couple of book proposals and potentially assist with editing for technical accuracy of a future ColdFusion book.
  • Morbus Iff, another worthy member, becomes famous with his Apache / OS X articles. The latest has just been published on the O'Reilly Network: Apache Web-Serving with Mac OS X, Part 4. Go and count the number of example names used in the article who also happen to be chatters on's IRC channel: #evolt... ;)

Personal Happenings

...stop press... Isaac sold his house at a nice profit just before this went out and will be shouting drinks tonight... If you wanted to buy such a desirable property, sorry, you're too late I'm afraid.


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Martin Burns has been doing this stuff since Netscape 1.0 days. Starting with the communication ends that online media support, he moved back through design, HTML and server-side code. Then he got into running the whole show. These days he's working for these people as a Project Manager, and still thinks (nearly 6 years on) it's a hell of a lot better than working for a dot-com. In his Copious Free Time™, he helps out running a Cloth Nappies online store.

Amongst his favourite things is ZopeDrupal, which he uses to run his personal site. He's starting to (re)gain a sneaking regard for ECMAscript since the arrival of unobtrusive scripting.

He's been a member of since the very early days, a board member, a president, a writer and even contributed a modest amount of template code for the current site. Above all, he likes to do things because it knowingly chooses to do so, rather than randomly stumbling into them. He's also one of the boys and girls who beervolts in the UK, although the arrival of small children in his life have knocked the frequency for 6.

Most likely to ask: Why would a client pay you to do that?

Least likely to ask: Why isn't that navigation frame in Flash?

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