An introduction to the website and its author
This website is my personal "corner" of the internet, where I host some of the things I've done—mainly PHP scripts, alongside some language-related lists and projects, as well as the occasional picture.
You can contact me through the contact form; I'm always happy to receive mail.
I live in Switzerland and have a Bachelor's degree in Software Systems from the University of Zürich. Since 2015, I've been working as a software engineer and still enjoy programming in my free time—nowadays mostly in Java. My GitHub username is ljacqu.
I speak German, French and English natively. Languages interest me a lot: I've been learning Dutch off and on (and Afrikaans through osmosis by listening to music) and took a year of Russian classes. I'm interested in some topics of linguistics like writing systems and spelling, phonology (esp. sound shifts), language identification, etymology.
While I don't consider myself a "gamer", I played through quite a few video games, including Mirror's Edge, TrackMania, Halo, Minecraft, and many Tomb Raider games. In 2011 and 2012, I ran a small 11-slot Minecraft server, which turned out to be a very fun and educational experience.
Music is something I enjoy a lot, though only on a listening basis nowadays: I played the piano for five years but was neither particulary good or passionate about it. I like artists such as Grimes, Drab Majesty, Die Heuwels Fantasties, and on the heavier side, also Youth Code, La Dispute and Caliban, to name a few.
From 2007 through 2013, I was part of the support team for CuteNews (a content management system in PHP) and also maintained my own fork, UTF-8 CuteNews, which fixed security holes, ensured compatibility with newer browsers and offered more internationalization features (such as UTF-8 support and translatable fields).
Later, I spent a lot of time contributing to some Minecraft plugins, especially AuthMe, an authentication plugin. I do less programming in my free time nowadays but mostly focus my efforts on maintaining ConfigMe, a Java library for processing configuration files, as well as other projects I have on GitHub.
Design Info & Credits
The design is an adaption of Arcana by HTML5 UP, which uses the (now abandoned?) Skel framework and the iconic Font Awesome toolkit.
Here are some resources or projects I appreciate.
Digital: AdNauseam, TypeIt, Can I use, UTF-8 Everywhere
Languages: American Dialects Map, Comparing Bible versions, [English] Dialect Blog, John Well's phonetic blog, (Dutch) Taal aan de wandel
Comics/fun: Sarah's Scribbles, communitychannel, Will 5:00 Never Come?, Alex Meyers, MrBallen