About

Author

My name is and I’m a former Upper Canadian kid now living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. You should visit sometime. I’ve also lived in Markham, ON; Ottawa, ON; Lindsay, ON; and Prince George, BC.

I’m a web developer during the day. I’ve been known to listen to music, take photographs, and read books. I love to hike and travel.

I also collect bookmarks to interesting websites and articles.

I also have a now page.

You can send me a message on the contact page. If you wish to encrypt your message or confirm my identity, you can do so over at keybase.io.

Self portrait of me in black and white

Elsewhere: subscribe on the Feeds page, Mastodon, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Last.fm.

Photographs

Most of my photographs are recorded on film with the odd digital shot. Both black and white and colour film is developed at home, where I also print the black and white in my makeshift darkroom. For the web, I scan the negatives. For the wall, I make wet chemistry silver-gelatin prints.

Most of the photographs that accompany my writing are made with a digital camera.

Many of the fine photographs found here are available for purchase. Inquiries can be sent to me on the contact page with the name of the photograph and I’ll get back to you with size, format and cost details.

Site

chrisjones.io is hosted on a Digital Ocean VPS and is managed with my custom-made CMS. Videos are transcoded using Zencoder’s awesome on-demand service. Map icons are from Map Icons Collection. Main compass icon is from Alessio Atzeni at FlatIcon. I’ve also whipped up an API.

In 2016 this site celebrated 20 years of clogging up the web. chrisjones.io is merely the latest incarnation of this site. In 1996 it was available as areaeleven.com. After that, in a bout of Canadian patriotism it became known as areaeleven.ca. That lasted for a while and there are many who remember that site as the one true Chris Jones website. Then it became betterleftunsaid.ca, the name coming from lyrics of a song by Sarah Harmer. Finally, it has became chrisjones.io where it shall remain until I get bored or change my name.

Tracking

For stats/analytics I use a little script I wrote that includes ClientJS. This allows me to find out information about visitors to this site like browser and version, operating system and version, screen size, whether they’re using a mobile device, what pages are visited, etc. This helps me make better decisions about what content visitors are interested in and how best to display it. None of this information is sent or shared to third parties, I keep it all to myself. None of the information collected is personally identifiable.

Why did I make my own analytics script and not use Google Analytics? Because companies like Google make money, lots and lots of money, by tracking you and selling your information to anyone and everyone that shows up with a pile of cash. They use it to target you with ads and manipulate your experience on the web. They use it to track you from site to site, across the web. I think that’s gross and creepy and I won’t be a part of the surveillance capitalism business model.

Copyright

All photographs, words and graphics appearing on this site are Copyright © 1996-2018 Chris Jones. All rights reserved. If you would like to purchase/use/licence a photograph for commercial purposes or to create a derivative work, your inquiries can be sent to me on the contact page.