James is a native of Southern California, where he lives a happy life with his wife, Sarah. He is a Happiness Engineer for Automattic and a musician at heart. He currently performs on trumpet with the Symphonic Winds of the Pacific and on digital trumpet with the Cal Poly Pomona MIDI Ensemble. He has studied conducting under Dr. Iris Levine and Dr. Tony Mazzaferro, and trumpet under David Grasmick and David Evans.
James began his online career as a support forum volunteer many years ago. He was eventually discovered by Rick Yaeger, the senior editor of MacMerc.com, who recognized a potential that not even James himself was aware of. After a short email-based conversation, Rick offered him a position as a contributing editor for MacMerc.com. After a few successful years as a contributing editor and forum moderator for MacMerc.com, James set out to create MacManX.com.
Since the launch of MacManX.com, James accepted a position as a staff writer for Splash Panel, where he reviewed some of the best works of literary fiction, and launched Program Notes, a free and volunteer-powered database for program notes.
As well as being a musician and Happiness Engineer, James is a Mac user, freeware enthusiast, open source advocate, and WordPress evangelist.
Disclaimer: I am a volunteer. I only represent WordPress as a user and reserve the right to refuse service to anyone at anytime. The opinions stated in my postings are not necessarily those of the WordPress community, the WordPress developers, Automattic, or any affiliates of the fore-mentioned entities.