About Me, Myself & I

sgc_selfieWith a tip of the cap to De La Soul, this is the personal web site of Stephen Clark. Its nothing more than a collection of things from my experiences both on the web and in the real world.

Professionally, I’m an experienced online marketing leader and have hung my shingle at places like Lycos, AOL, American Express, Federated Media and currently Asurion. I’ve also been known to do side projects. You can see all the gory details on my resume and you can also read my bio of you are so inclined.

Stephen Clark was born at a very young age in a town far, far away. That town was Norwood, MA which is just outside of Boston. After that seminal event, I spent my formative years living in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, with a brief two year respite over in England. Then, all things changed when during high school, we moved to New Jersey!!

I finished up high school in New Jersey and, figuring that California was just too damn sunny for me to get any studying done, decided to go to college in Upstate NY. I attended Syracuse University (2003 NCAA Basketball National Champions), in beautiful Syracuse, NY, where it snows in July and the sun never shines. After finishing an uneventful undergraduate academic career, I stuck around the NYC area after college and “did the Manhattan thing”, living on the Upper West Side. And somehow, the years have passed by and I woke up today.

Eric Stoltz is my doppelganger (As in, “You look like that guy from the movie Some Kind of Wonderful“). I’m not sure I agree. I think people are blinded by the red hair. And besides, I am a better actor. :) I am of Irish and English heritage, which itself is an interesting combination that prompts constant inner conflict and turmoil indicative of “my people’s” age old disagreement. One day I am an Irishman, and another I am an Englishman. And in between, I’m an American. I am 6’3” tall and did I mention that I have red hair? This combination makes me stand out in a crowd, which has its benefits and detriments.

About This Site

The site is built with Coda by Panic on my 27” iMac, using plain HTML, CSS, PHP, and some tactical Javascripts on top of the Maker WordPress theme by ThemePatio . The site takes full advantage of WordPress and the wonderful community of developers across that platform. I have been moderately successful in teaching myself PHP and have been using it actively across the site and within the WordPress templates and modules.

My design and U/X philosophy is driven by the simple notion that form follows function. I believe in clean, simple, easy to navigate online experiences and my goal is to achieve that ideal on my very own site.

The site is hosted by the wonderful folks at Dreamhost.

Candyland Bingo

When I was younger, I appeared on the box top of the Milton Bradley game Candyland Bingo. The photo below shows the box top. I’m the kid on the top left of the image. Click to view the full size.

From what I remember, a friend of my family was part of another Milton Bradley “shoot” and they asked my parents if I could fill in for the Candyland Bingo one. So I went, and as they say, the rest is history.

I occasionally check out eBay for any auctions selling the verison of the game that features my photo. There are actually two versions of the game from that time period, the one that I am on (above) as well as another which has for other kids on it’s box top. I have already picked up two or three copies that are in surprisingly good condition. One of these days, I’ll pick up a deep frame to mount the game in.

Disclaimer: The viewpoints, ideas and opinions expressed on this blog and site are mine and mine alone. They in no way reflect the opinions of any company or employer I have worked for – past, present or future