A sketchbook and portfolio of web developer Matthew Smith
3 things about myself
In which I extol the virtues of my heroes.
The thing about Batman is that he’s a hero built, not made. Granted, Bruce Wayne’s the holder of untold fortunes, but he could have spent his days actually living the playboy persona and squandering his wealth. Surely nobody would have asked more of a son of Gotham—the city is a haven of sloth and squander. But Wayne asked more of himself. He chose a harder path, and continues to choose what is hard, and right, every day.
I like growing from the harder path. I believe in doing something right over easier. Easy can be okay, but easy needs to be earned. In that sense, I like to understand what I’m building. Code tools and libraries like jQuery, Backbone, and Sass are great, but I have great needs to understand the underlying code first.
Roosevelt held no ceiling; even being president wasn’t enough for him.
After his presidency, Roosevelt led two major expeditions, one through Africa, the other through South America. The latter of which was so incredible, the Brazilian river ominously named The River of Doubt was renamed the Roosevelt River.
I believe in building and tearing down and building again. I cut code without mercy. Sometimes to a fault — this site has seen more designs and redesigns and content never launched than I can remember now. But it’s because there’s always something new and exciting to behold.
Fred Rogers stood firm in what he believed in, even against the tide of the contrary. He went into television because he disliked the messages it offered; he believed children deserved better. That they needed love and to learn to grasp feelings and self-esteem.
It would have been easy to take all of Rogers’ messages as fluff, but, and here’s the hero part, Rogers stood by his message every moment of his life. He even kept himself a steady 143 pounds because the words in the phrase I love you is written with one letter, then four, then three. Even when television became more violent, more vapid, Fred Rogers stood strong. That’s conviction I aspire to.