Travis Smith: my resume, bio and photos back to the main blog page

Who is Travis Smith and What's on This Site?

I'm one of the founders of Hop Studios, a Web design and development company with clients in the United States and Canada.

You may simply want to contact me or learn about me.

My resume is available in a bewildering variety of formats. You could try to hire me, but I'm already happy doing what I'm doing now.

Writing

I write often. I write a personal column (aka blog) that I update every few days -- the latest is Spirit of the Game: What The Hell Is It? posed on Oct. 15, 2015.

I've written for the Los Angeles Times, Variety, OJR... but nothing recently as a freelancer. I also write several blogs: one with interesting links I find, and one interesting quotes I like. And I write for Metroblogging Vancouver.

Photography

I take photos of many people, places and things. I also post many pictures on Flickr, where I am the administrator of several group pools.

Daily Trojan Alumni

I administer the DTLink, an accounting I've compiled of the current bios of more than 2,100 alumni from the Daily Trojan, USC's student newspaper. That site is currently on hold, until I can find a better system for handling updates.

Other Wacky Stuff

There's this chronicle I keep of folks' foibles at "I Have a Friend Who ...". You can suggest one.

I developed several two-player JavaScript games (tic tac toe and connect 4). They're fun, and very well thought out. The design is circa 1997.

How do you say "@" in any language? Find out, on this page.

Old Stuff

Back when I was a student at USC, I wrote a weekly column called Half Past Deadline. I've also written a simple story about a cat, and I'm pretty sure someone stole the idea and made a bad, cheap, straight-to-video movie based on it.

Buy your Amazon.com books, music and other stuff via my site, and I'll smile all the way to the bank, because I get a cut of the sale. It's win-win.

Canadian Jokes

The Great Canadian Comeback Page might make you laugh or think a bit -- it's a list of witty answers to the occasional idiotic American barb. (If you want a good barb, ask my wife; she's sweet but sassy.)

Overheard

“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

...who said it?

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