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Synapticism is an old-fashioned personal blog and digital scrapbook designed to reflect my wide range of interests and experiences. I am Alexander Synaptic, a , developer, and , among other things. For the last few years I have been following a vaguely minimalist lifestyle, eschewing physical possessions and a fixed location for travel and living abroad while working on a wide variety of creative projects (including this blog). Nowadays I spend most of my time in where I am an avid , , and student of local and , though I also share content from further afield. If you’re interested in what I’m up to right now try browsing over to this page.

Blogging

This blog began as an attempt to break out of the sanitized monotony of mainstream social networks and create something of my own on the web. Now that I’ve been at it a few years I would describe my blog in general terms as “an experiential journal of synchronicity and connection”. What I share here is an expression of my insatiable curiosity and adventurous spirit, a living record of what I’m learning about the world as I pass through it.

As a creature of new media I am interested in blogging as an end unto itself. I have no professional aspirations as a blogger nor do I intend to monetize my work through advertisements or sponsored posts. Critical engagement is appreciated, of course, but I am not publishing anything solely in pursuit of traffic or whatever. I sometimes joke around that this blog is one of the things I do instead of watching television of playing video games but that’s really not far from the truth!

If you’re new around here I suggest browsing the highlights or sampling any of these representative articles and photo essays:

Development

In my professional life I am a web developer working with WordPress, PHP, JavaScript, and various front-end frameworks. The theme and several of the plugins used on this site are my own. Some of this work is open source and available from GitHub—but if you’re interested in reproducing any content (photos and text) you find here on this blog please be sure to read my terms of use. I am occasionally available for hire when the price is right and the work plays to my strengths.

Music

I also work with music as a digital distributor, record label owner, and occasional DJ (but not for a living or anything). If you’re curious have a look at my Creative Commons music portal or many house and techno or psytrance and downtempo mixes.

Connect

I welcome contact from friends, family, and strangers alike. If there’s anything you’d like to discuss—freelance work, licensing, creative collaboration, or anything else—please feel free to contact me and I’ll do my best to respond!

You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram, GitHub, and occasionally Flickr.