Hi. My name is Rob Cockerham and this is my website.
I write it in Sacramento, California and host it from a webserver at my friend Nick's house. It is a large site, with a variety of subjects occupying almost 800 megs of the internet.
The most popular bit is called "How Much is Inside", which I have been putting together one episode at a time since 1998. There are currently more than 60 episodes online, and some it is available in 3 and a half languages.
People young and old write me to let me know how much they enjoy the site. Other people, also young and old, write me to tell me how much they hate it or how much time I have wasted. Care to guess which letters have all the spelling errors? Someday I will publish something important. I guess I'm working up to that.
Articles of a Personal Nature (There aren't many of these)
That old Geocities site was catalogued into Yahoo in 1998. I negotiated a visit to their headquarters in April of that year, carting along the the paper mache Elvis.
In August 1998 I invested in a digital camera. Photos are now the heart of cockeyed.com. There are a hell of a lot of photos.
One night, after realizing I had outgrown Geocities, I spent four hours looking through the dictionary for a clever domain name.
Cockeyed was the best one available.
I hosted it at Tomatoweb in Sacramento for about two years, then moved to DB-Wired when I added a database and some PHP scripting. DB-Wired was pretty good, except for the odd day when internet powerhouses like Metafilter, Notaciaslocas or Slashdot linked to me. Then I was screwed.
I designed a wild Flash navigation dashboard in 2000, but removed it a few months later. I myself found it annoying, so I figure most other people did too. At least I didn't make a Flash introduction screen, right?
In June of 2001, I found my first international review online, written in Hebrew at ynet.co.il (Israel). They had a little graphic of me with whipped cream, but I have no idea what the review said. Tons more have linked since then. Bless them!
I've recruited pretty much everyone I know to appear in some kind of episode but one of my best friends isn't in any (Ken). You can read about your favorite personality on the Staff Page. Many of them are available for interviews, but keep in mind, they can be feisty!
In August of 2002, my hosting bill was poised to reach $100/month, so I asked Tim at Fatwallet, sponsor of "how much is inside a million dollars" to host cockeyed.com in exchange for some tasteful links. He agreed.
Two months later, Atlantic Inkjet asked me to place a banner ad on the "refilling an ink cartridge" page. The process of "selling out" had begun.
Unfortunately, I had a hard time collecting the money.
After 6 successful years at Fatwallet, I got a great offer for hosting here in Sacramento, opening up possiblilities with easy access to a MySQL database.
I am the third of five children in the Cockerham family.
My interests include: Styrofoam sculpture, electronics, bicycling, law, economics, design, photography, advertising, pranks and orienteering.
I attended high school in Sacramento, CA and graduated from U.C. Santa Barbara in 1992 with a B.A. I now live in midtown Sacramento.
I've worked doing internet tech support for MCI, as a graphic designer for iConvention, for Blue Moon Printing, EDS and Hewlett Packard. My latest job is at Intel.
I feel my strongest traits are 1) my overall knowledge of material handling and properties, 2) an unnatural ability to complete projects and 3) a good sense of humor through good times and hard times. Oh, and one more, I don't mind asking basic questions.
If you liked any of this stuff, or have valuable suggestions, project proposals or lawsuits pending against me, please email me.
Each e-mail I receive is like a fresh flower, so please write...others have!
At the end of February, 2001, Holly Forman asked if she could send me some questions. She sent 300.
I was interviewed by Melissa Block at "All Things Considered" on NPR in Feb. of 2003.
listen here, link halfway down the page..
Oh, and two other things, I'd love to get to fly in a helicopter and
I'd love to meet Janeane Garofalo totally got to meet Janeane Garofalo.
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