Hi, I’m Nathan, creator of SearchTempest and AutoTempest. (I can also lay claim to the idea behind MovieTempest, but most of the design there is thanks to Jason, who will introduce himself in a second.)
Back in late 2006, I was doing my Master’s degree in electrical engineering in Waterloo, Ontario. It was a hot summer, and being a broke student, I was scouring craigslist for a used portable air conditioner on the cheap. Several times a day I would check the 5 or so craigslist cities within driving distance. I quickly grew impatient with this, likely because it was about 90 degrees in my apartment. (32 for the other Canadians here.)
Now, the nice thing about a Master’s degree is that there’s only one deadline that really matters, and it’s not generally any time soon. So I decided to take a bit of time and come up with a solution to my craigslist problem. Not knowing a thing about web design, I got a few books out of the library, and after some hard work, I came up with…. this!
Fortunately I made a few improvements over the years, so today it’s a bit more presentable. Also fortunately I now have the help of Jason and Court, who are both far better designers than I’ll ever be!
So, these days I do this stuff full time. More recently we added AutoTempest.com, a more specialized site for finding used car listings. This blog will mostly be about the sites themselves – new features, plans, decisions, etc., – but if you’re interested, I’ll also try and give some insight into my life as a web entrepreneur.
I’m relatively new to this web work game, though I’ve been making websites since I was 15 years of age. Shortly after highschool, I landed a gig designing for a marketing company that sold *ahem* male virility pills, and despite it being a pretty comical field, it gave me the foothold I needed to learn a lot about web design, user interaction, copy writing, and all those other exciting things we web folk hold dear. Even today, the more I delve into this field the more excited and ambitious I get about all there is out there to learn.
There’s a quote by Khalil Gibran that really sums up how I think of the work I do: “Work is love made visible.” For me, this translates into providing services that help people, and doing so in a way that is easy and enjoyable for everyone. Making the web work for you, instead of the other way around, is what I strive for. On top of that, writing valuable content that helps you get the information you need, and fast, is one of my greatest joys working in this field.
If I’m not click-clacking on my keyboard, then you’ll probably find me down at the local pool hall, hanging out, shooting stick, or playing cards.
As an physics student in the 90s I gravitated (*cough*) toward programming and then the web as it emerged. I’ve since been involved in all sorts of different web projects from “Mom and Pop Shops” through to satellite image calibration (“Look up! Say cheese!”), search system integrations and e-commerce add ons.
Most recently I have come from the Drupal world, and am now relishing the opportunity to help out on a purely custom system, designed and implemented for a precise connection between requirements and user experience.
When I’m not knee-deep in software (happy as a pig in mud!), you’ll find me knee-deep in the Art of Boat Maintenance (Zen or otherwise) dreaming of my next sailing adventure.
Call me Craige.
I’m a back end web-developer who started programming early in my teen years on small pet projects. Since then I’ve grown to work on projects of varying sizes and dynamics with great folks from around the globe.
Here at SearchTempest I’m responsible for a lot of the behind-the-scenes work – making sure that everything works as expected, and assuring we get the best search results possible for you.