jmadigan.net

About

jmadigan.net is the personal weblog, or "blog," for me --Jamie Madigan. I am an I/O Psychologist, writer, father, husband, video gamer, armature photographer, and appreciator of llamas who lives in an undisclosed location in the Midwest. My wife and I also lived in San Diego and Orange County, California for several years.

I used to go by the online moniker, "Thrrrpptt!" that I somehow picked this up while working at a dot com startup called GameSpy Industries. There I wrote articles, oversaw the creation and maintenance of various web-based products and services, and lots of other stuff. I now work for a large organization doing project management and research to support employment selection systems. I earned a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational psychology in 2000, but the only people I make call me "Dr. Madigan" are my kids.

I have another blog, psychologyofgames.com where I write about the intersection of video games and psychology. I've also contributed on this topic to Gamasutra.com and GamePro magazine.

My wife, Geralyn, is a full-time mom who also somehow manages to churn out stacks of awesome scrapbooks and work as a consultant for Close to My Heart Scrapbooking. Before that, she worked as a Human Resources specialist and will probably do so again at some point.

This website was started in September, 2003 as a means to spray some creative juices and keep track of Geralyn's pregnancy for friends and family who live far away. Once our first daughter Samantha was born her weekly "Sam's Story" updates quickly became the cornerstone for the site, and in late 2006 that feature was expanded to include our second daughter, Amanda. I also publish book reviews, photos, and whatever else I feel like commenting on. An average week brings 2-3 updates.

The website was originally coded by hand, by me, in a basic text editor with Photoshop for the graphics. For its first 7 years or so, the blog, comments, and a few other things are handled by Movable Type, a content management system for bloggers. In November, 2010 it was converted to WordPress, which had become a much superior product. The pictures since December, 2005 have been taken with either my Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT camera or Geralyn's Canon PowerShot SD45 camera with post-processing in Photoshop. Pictures prior to December, 2005 were taken with vastly inferior cameras. jmadigan.net is hosted by DreamHost, a fine and distinguished distributor of 1s and 0s. If you sign up for an account with them, tell them I sent you.