I’m pretty sure my friends get tired of hearing about my family.
Of course, they’re all too nice to tell me. But if anyone talked to me about their family as much as I talk to my friends about mine… I wouldn’t have any friends.
Really, the fact is that I have an awesome family, and that’s why jonathan.dayley.co exists. For one, the domain itself a gift. Most people give books, toys, or chocolate for Christmas. My older brother’s a tech consultant. He gave me a website. It’s easily outlived all the Christmas chocolate (which was gone before the 26th), and it’s a lot more portable than books and toys.
I’ve got my family to thank for the content on this site, too:
- My uncle got my siblings and I into Legos before I could count, and they were a staple of our childhood. We shared designs and inspired each other until we were the best Lego builders on the block (which wasn’t tough; I don’t think anyone else was into it). Every model here is a product of techniques I learned at home.
- My dad is a musician, and his dad started the community orchestra before I was born. My mom is musically inclined, too, so when I started into music, I got nothing but support from both sides of the family. Theory and composition are my strong suits; my formal work is what’s posted here.
- This is about as close as I come to photography. To be honest, BrickLink Studio‘s renderings are just too perfect not to post. My brother introduced me to the program sometime back, and I’m constantly amazed at what it can do.
- I’m a productivity nerd, and in my family, you can’t talk about productivity without talking about software. I’ve been through plenty of software through the years, and I’ve found that most are programs that I use for a month or so before either losing interest or finding something else. A few core applications form a part of my daily identity, though, and those are the ones I post here.
- Admittedly I’m not a book person; my sister’s the only reader in my family. To me, books are great, but reading them takes a lot of time, and that’s something I seem to never have. If I’m totally honest, though, I have to take out of my sister’s book: there’s a lot of great reading out there. It’d be a shame not to share some of my favorite books.