Frequently Asked Questions
I'm asked a certain few questions from time to time. Thought this would help aleviate any confusion.
Where did you get the nickname “Sterling”?
I have a nickel allergy, so in order for me to play clarinet, the keys have to be plated with another metal. The most common of these non-nickel key platings is sterling silver, and I always made sure to get the school's silver-plated clarinet in my hands before anyone else (at least until I got my own). That's when my classmates started jokingly calling me Sterling, and around then is when I thought I could adopt it as a pseudonym of sorts.
Why does the site look like it came off late-2000s AOL?
What do you use as the backend? WordPress?
Ever since the very beginning, I've coded this site from scratch. At first, it was static HTML edited with Notepad++. I wanted to generate dynamic content (at the time, just consistent headers and footers), and after experimenting around, I settled on PHP for a few years. Recently, I've moved to a model-view-controller philosophy, so I simply pass largely unadulterated markup through a custom CGI program to attach headers, metadata and whatnot.
How well can you speak [language]?
Linguistics being a hobby of mine, I commonly get mistaken for a polyglot. Well, I might be one. Depends on your definiton of
I'm a native English speaker, if that wasn't a given. I can converse in Japanese at a decent level (though stiff and devoid of slang); I can comprehend Spanish and French to a degree but struggle holding a spoken conversation; and I understand the slightest bit of Portugese as a carry-over from Spanish.
Though I can't speak the language, I can read Arabic, Hebrew, Hellenic and Cyrillic scripts. I'm also learning Hangeul since my girlfriend's a complete Koreaboo.
Why do you even have this website?
It started out as a hobby, really. Now, it's still that, but moreso just a repository of things I share with friends and other people. That's literally all that's to it.