Hello! My name is Matthew Deline, though most people know me as "Matt" or as any number of various and insightful nicknames that I have gathered over the years. Yet there is an undeniable lyric quality of my full name that I have become quite attached to over recent years. At the time of this writing I am 25 years old, and during this year I have managed to surpass a number of major milestones for my life that I have spent most of my adulthood pursuing. I graduated from a university, traveled the length of the United States, and managed to finally play a song on the guitar. And while each event seems somewhat lacking on their own, together they are particularly indicative of who I am as a person. My very essence lies in the desire to help others, to fervently explore and learn new things, and to (as Mr. John Wooden puts it) make each day my masterpiece.

    After years of concurrent full-time employment and enrollment in community college, I managed to transfer to San Diego State University in the fall of 2007. To say that this opportunity was fundamentally consciousness shattering would be a vast understatement, and a discredit to the brilliant minds that guided me towards my own intellectual development during my time there. I flourished in San Diego. Between the unique coursework that was offered, and the opportunity to approach projects and presentations that drew upon a vast CS fundamental basis I had been growing since I was young, I was able to make sense of nearly all of the truncated thought processes that had plagued me during my earlier years. I like to think of myself as a diligent individual, but through sheer force of will and a high percentage of blood-coffee-content I managed to work harder than I ever had before. Though the news was a bit of a shock to me at the time, it was not surprising that the product of my efforts awarded me as 2009's Outstanding Graduate in English and Comparative Literature.

    Following the completion of my B.A. in English at San Diego State University in 2009, I moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area where I had spent the majority of my childhood. I am currently pursuing opportunities in furthering my education in an expanded field. One that I hope will have a more than direct link to the sociological and identity issues that are relative to interactive entertainment (specifically video games) as well as a study into the unique narrative and expressive qualities that the medium contains.

    But this is the portion of the story that has not been written yet. In the meantime, please feel free to explore the rest of the site to get an impression of the whole of my past experiences (not everything is academic in nature, just a significant portion). Have fun!

    2015 Update: I'm keeping this website up as an archive, and things have certainly 
changed in the past 6 years! I began and ended a wonderful career with Apple Inc, and started a new adventure in travel blogging. To learn more, visit my new page at www.theradicaldreamer.com

    2017 Update: Things continue to change in positive ways! I'm still actively managing my travel blog while attending a master's degree program in Independent Games and Playable Experience Design at Goldsmiths, University of London. It may have taken me eight years to find my way here, but I couldn't be happier to be exploring the ideas I discussed when I first drafted this website. For now, the website will remain as an archive, and I hope to complete a major redesign in the summer of 2018.

First Course Page Content Added!

posted Jun 23, 2010, 12:54 AM by Matthew Deline

    Now that I've gotten most of the site's functionality up to speed, I have begun the arduous process of adding reflections and information for each of the courses I took in the Academia section. The first to go live is the "Shakespeare and the Problem of Genre" class I took in the fall of 2008 at San Diego State University. There is still a lot more content to be added in the coming weeks, but this page should be indicative to what you will find for each class that I have taken.
    Also, please feel free to let me know what you think on the new comment system at the bottom of that page. I haven't integrated it site-wide yet, as I am still testing out its usability, but each new page should have the comment system attached at the bottom.

Front Page

posted Jun 19, 2010, 5:26 PM by Matthew Deline   [ updated Jun 23, 2010, 1:09 AM ]

    So, for the time being, I plan to duplicate the content on the "Home" and "About Me" pages. The intent is to eventually include a flash widget that will contain rotating and pertinent information along with the mini-blog on the front page here. However, I just sat down with flash for the first time a few days ago and it will take me at least a few weeks to grasp the concepts with enough fidelity to create what I have in mind. Look for a smoother interface in the coming months, and a few surprises along the way!

New Page Logo

posted Jun 16, 2010, 11:16 PM by Matthew Deline   [ updated Jun 23, 2010, 1:09 AM ]

    Just finished creating a photomosaic to use as the new site header. While I like the concept, it ends up looking a little too "busy" for my taste. Let me know if you like this, and I will keep it up there. Otherwise, I plan to return to the original logo which was my name with a white background.

    Edit: Marked it up a bit and recreated it in a proper imaging program (I didn't use pages this time). I think I'll be keeping it now, I think it looks great.

Archival Woes

posted Jun 4, 2010, 4:19 PM by Matthew Deline   [ updated Jun 23, 2010, 1:09 AM ]

    Still working on reclaiming most of my collegiate writing assignments. I have managed to recover most of them, but due to a hard drive failure in 2008 I managed to lose the digital versions for nearly everything that I have worked on in the past. Word to the wise, external hard drives are cheap. Fry's Electronics and Newegg often have great deals, so pick one up and keep one as a back up even if you don't think you'll ever need it. I would suggest picking up a flash drive as well (as they tend to last longer, external drives can fail too), but they are also significantly easier to misplace. Whenever possible, file away hardcover copies of anything that you deem irreplaceable. It will save you an impossibly large amount of work in the long run.

Update From the Home Front

posted Jun 2, 2010, 2:54 AM by Matthew Deline   [ updated Jun 23, 2010, 1:09 AM ]

    Following an unnecessarily long trek through Memorial Day weekend traffic along the coastline, I have returned to the San Francisco Bay area for a short period of time. The basic framework of the website is now complete (aside from two quarters at De Anza that I need to wait for their registration system to go live to add). I should have the majority of my academic coursework scanned or converted to PDF format in the next few days, after which I will have time to enter the majority of the information missing from the page. Site ETA is around two weeks, but I hope to have it functioning much sooner than that. Then I'm off for more exciting adventures!

Initial Posting

posted May 18, 2010, 1:09 PM by Matthew Deline   [ updated Jun 23, 2010, 1:10 AM ]

    This is a test of post layout on the front page. I'm trying to see if adding site updates works better on the front page rather than earning its own spot on the site.

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