About Justin

Justin Morrison is a Filmmaker, Videographer, Photographer, Dancer, Dance Educator, Yoga Teacher, IT Consultant, and Web Developer. This is his personal website and blog.

With this diversity of skills, interests, and backgrounds, this site exists to link to some of these endeavors, where online documentation exists, from Justin’s work in Consulting, to Live Streaming, Film & Video Production to Performance, Dance, Yoga, and Teaching.

If you think that’s a bit much for one person, consider that in a recent study of over 1,000 artists, 61% identified as freelancers and 42% held one or more jobs that don’t relate to their art practice.

Stuff Online: early days to the present

-=[_ Technothrill _]=-

Justin’s been online since before the Internet was a thing, and he’s not even that old. Before obtaining an email address around 1995,

Justin operated a BBS (software that lets computers call other computers using a telephone and modem) which ran WWIV on MS-DOS, using a custom-built PC Clone assembled from spare parts, including a 16Mhz 286 processor and a 16-color EGA monitor (Chuck Yeager Air Combat, anyone?) The BBS software’s source code was made available either illicitly – and many variants of it were developed through ripped-off versions of the software – or if you paid the developer. The fee might have been $50? It was written in C, took several hours to compile, and “mods” or code amendments were traded via message forums, hosted on the same platform, or IRC, which one could adapt to customize the software. At this point, Justin referred to himself by the handle -=[Nova]=- (after the PBS series) and later Technothrill.

WWIV interactive menu. Image by Matt McCaffrey
The Pit, ASCII based multi-player game


Because it required near constant use of the phone, Justin’s online activity produced tension in a household with 6 kids, two adults, and only one line. Whenever Justin’s computer was connected to another, to chat, exchange messages, play online ASCII-based games, or test out a new modification to his BBS, which was most evenings, no one else could get through or make a call, When they picked up the receiver they heard “$&^%()GH&#$!#*…. . .. … ..SQUELCH

No Carrier

And the call was dropped, ending whatever exchange Justin was engaged in.

“Why does Justin spend so much time on the computer???”, said some family member.

Apple IIe

Justin had a normal social life at school but, at the time, had only one friend he knew in person who had a similar hobby. Justin was known among others to be “good at computers”, which, at the time, consisted of Apple IIe systems housed in trailers at the elementary. His 5th-grade graduation prediction read something like: “Justin, aka ‘The Wizard’, will have written the software that currently runs the Alaskan pipeline, and is the 7th richest person in the world.”

This site:

justinmorrison.net (the dot com domain, at the time, and perhaps till this day for all he knows, was owned by some other Justin residing in Canada, who never would sell it, but did little with it otherwise) started in the early aughts primarily as a place to doodle with HTML and JavaScript, tweak CSS, and experiment with graphic design and content management systems. It later contained a repository of technical and artistic activities, including Justin’s dance performances, some proto-blog posts, photography, documentation of film-making endeavors, and documentation of his travels abroad.

This present site has been running WordPress since probably 2007-ish.

I keep up a few other presences on various platforms:

Facebook Profile
Instagram @justindances
Twitter Feed
LinkedIn Profile

Dance

Looking for dance content? You’ll find it’s been moved to its own domain: justin.dance