Hi, my name is Marc Carson. I run two businesses: Marc Carson Web Design where I offer expert web design & development consulting, and Marc Carson Coaching, where I help people make breakthroughs and achieve amazing things.
In the distant past I have worked as an art & design teacher, graphic designer (print and video), illustrator, musician, user interface designer, and computer network technician. There’s usually some blend of creativity and technology in whatever I’m doing.
I currently live in:
Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Fukui City, Japan
Yokkaichi City, Japan
Toyohashi City, Japan
If you want to get in touch, feel free to email me: baggageclaim [a t] friendlyskies.net.
Below you can read about my interests in brief:
I also enjoy working with watercolor, gouache, colored pencil, graphite, and (this one time…) rocky road ice cream.
I also like making 3D textures and materials. I have released over 150 of these creations for free, to the public.
I have collected some little musical sketches and songs that I post from time to time. Sometimes I am daring enough to add my own vocals.
I’ve used tracker software for making music since 1993, and DAWs like Propellerheads’ Reason since 2001. Right now I use Renoise most of the time. I used to be a freelance musician, and I made a lot of music for websites and software titles.
I draw and post a lot of my drawings on Flickr and Facebook. I also have some drawings here on the site.
I do a lot of programming for work, mostly in PHP and some in Python. A lot of my hobby programming is in C, Python, Processing (simple Java). I sometimes use Free Pascal & Lazarus for fun projects, and also occasionally work in FreeBASIC for hobby projects (nostalgia reasons…)
I’m an Amateur Extra-class ham radio operator and enjoy various aspects of radio communications, including digital communications and other areas like space communications and propagation theory. I enjoy volunteering as a radio operator in my community for things like healthcare emergency simulations and athletic events. My favorite event to date was the Mendocino Coast 50K Ultramarathon.
Outside of ham radio I enjoy SWL (ShortWave Listening) and FM & AM DX (pulling in distant stations). Some of the most distant stations I’ve received have been over 10,000 miles distant from where I was hiking or walking, taking advantage of special seasonal propagation characteristics.
I also pick up the occasional spy numbers station and enjoy learning about the topic.
I’m also a volunteer emergency communications specialist and have published standards for personal emergency communications preparedness.
For work I really love using new web tech and surprising my clients with cool website features and other fun stuff that’s actually useful.
I enjoy reading about Japanese history and I can speak and write in Japanese with reasonable proficiency. You’ll occasionally see some Japanese in my drawings.
I enjoy writing and you can find my writing all over the web…feel free to check out my Notebook.
I try to walk or hike at least 500 miles every year and I really enjoy spending time outdoors. In the past I was interested in martial arts (CMA, Okinawan Karate, Judo, Aikido), cycling, and racquet sports.
I absolutely adore my family. I have two little boys and a little girl. I have a wife who is a great writer and is always cooking up something amazing.
We have two cats who are OK sharing a lap, and who also seem to enjoy the scents of various things.