Matte Elsbernd web publisher. writer. photographer. 23 years experience.
The web has always attracted me as a way to express my ideas. My ideas come in many shapes and sizes. Whether it's visual, verbal or programmatical, I've found some way to explore them, whether it turned into an actual website, stopped as a small demo, or remains simply an (not so) used idea that is waiting for someone else to take up and run with.
The sites/projects below are pretty much 100% my work from idea to writing, design, development, etc. I think it's a pretty impressive list, but it's still just a sliver of the ones I've wanted to build.
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Books I've Read (December 30, 2008)
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell (Finished Dec 30, 2008)
Books I've Read (December 25, 2008)
The Overseer by Jonathan Rabb (Finished Dec 25, 2008)
Books I've Read (December 3, 2008)
The Disney Mountains: Imagineering at Its Peak by Jason Surrell (Finished Dec 03, 2008)
The Firm List (November 30, 2008)
New Inset Design
A new inset design was submitted by Lamu Software for Kenya, thank you!
The Firm List (November 21, 2008)
Changes
Been a while in coming, but to accomodate infrastructure changes, I have removed the last remaining pieces of advertising from the site. I have also been making subtle changes to the page structure and design.
The Firm List (November 17, 2008)
New Inset Design
A new inset design was submitted by Christian Design Concepts for Wyoming, USA, thank you!
The Firm List (November 10, 2008)
New Inset Design
A new inset design was submitted by Christian Design Concepts for Montana, USA, thank you!
Books I've Read (November 6, 2008)
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores The Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt (Finished Nov 06, 2008)
Books I've Read (November 5, 2008)
The Eight by Katherine Neville (Finished Nov 05, 2008)
Books I've Read (October 23, 2008)
The Economic Naturalist: In Search of Explanations for Everyday Enigmas by Robert H. Frank (Finished Oct 23, 2008)
Books I've Read (October 19, 2008)
Innovation: Create An Idea Culture, Redefine Your Business & Grow Your Profits by Tom Gorman (Finished Oct 19, 2008)
Books I've Read (October 17, 2008)
The New Geography: How the Digital Revolution Is Reshaping the American Landscape by Joel Kotkin (Finished Oct 17, 2008)
Books I've Read (October 15, 2008)
What Were They Thinking?: Unconventional Wisdom About Management by Jeffrey Pfeffer (Finished Oct 15, 2008)
Books I've Read (October 12, 2008)
Survival Is Not Enough: Zooming, Evolution, and the Future of Your Company by Seth Godin (Finished Oct 12, 2008)
Books I've Read (October 9, 2008)
The Gridlock Economy: How Too Much Ownership Wrecks Markets, Stops Innovation and Costs Lives by Michael Heller (Finished Oct 09, 2008)
Physics for Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines by Richard A. Muller (Finished Oct 09, 2008)
The Firm List (October 7, 2008)
Another Splash Page
A new splash page was submitted called Wave of the Future, designed by Graphics Infusion
The Firm List (October 7, 2008)
New Inset Design
A new inset design was submitted by Jolly Moon for Georgia, USA, thank you!
Books I've Read (October 5, 2008)
Ahead of the Curve: Two Years at Harvard Business School by Philip Delves Broughton (Finished Oct 05, 2008)
Books I've Read (September 17, 2008)
The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge Into Action by Jeffrey Pfeffer with Robert I. Sutton (Finished Sep 17, 2008)
Books I've Read (September 12, 2008)
101 Things I Learned in Architecture School by Matthew Frederick (Finished Sep 12, 2008)
Books I've Read (September 2, 2008)
If Only I Knew Then: Learning From Our Mistakes by Charles Grodin (Finished Sep 02, 2008)
As Searched On... (August 26, 2008)
Officially moved to Archives
Ah, haven't touched this site in quite a while. Still a good idea, but one I have no time for. I'm moving this into the archives.
The Electrical Socket (August 26, 2008)
Changes...
The Electrical Socket was the hub of my web projects starting in 1996. It took over from my MatteNet collection of pages started in college, around 1994. Both kept running, one a more personal website, the other a project website. But as the years went on, it became harder to spend time on so many sites and the language started to get outdated in places. The most recent electricalsocket.com site was launched in October 1997 and I recall it used a design I had sitting in a folder from a few years earlier.

Meanwhile, my projects and presence on the web moved on in other directions. My main site that documents my work has become matte.elsbernd.net and to keep there from being conflicting information and links, I have consolidated my sites in such a way that electricalsocket.com is pretty much not a site unto itself anymore.

A few of the projects on electricalsocket.com are still there, most were old and had not been updated in quite a while and those have been archived and are still available in a frozen state.

For those of you who have been using my sites, I hope nothing interrupts your pleasure. If you perhaps got a truncated version of who I am, well, I hope you now can see the full picture.
Formulaic (August 24, 2008)
Officially moved to Archives
This site hasn't really been updated content-wise since 1998 or 1999, so I am officially moving it into the Archives.
If I Had But 1/2 A Brain (August 24, 2008)
Officially moved to Archives
This site has been dormant for a long while, I'm officially moving into the archives. By 1/2 of my brain!
LinkArt (August 24, 2008)
Officially moved to Archives
This site is pretty old and I am sure most of the links are broken - but perhaps it's still good "art"? Anyways, it's off to the Archives for this project.
8Track On My Mind (August 24, 2008)
Officially moved to Archives
I think it was a good idea... one that sites like muxtape have tried again, but one I never really had the technical skills to build nor the real interest/focus to pursue. Off to the archives for you!
Browser Wars (August 24, 2008)
Officially moved to Archives
I still love these browsers... too bad the Mozilla Foundation never looked to one of these as the basis of the Firefox browser...
The Filmsite Graveyard (August 24, 2008)
Officially moved to Archives
It's spooky, but this site has been like a ghost for years now and so now it's going into the Archives.
Anyways... (August 24, 2008)
Officially moved to Archives
This collaborative storytelling site was ahead of it's time - at least in terms of what I could build/support. It did well, but was never anything more than a small experiment. It's now been retired/archived.
Society of Postmodern Archaeologists (August 24, 2008)
Officially moved to Archives
This is one of my oldest little projects. Really just a writing project, but I had a lot of plans for it. But alas, it just didn't into my schedule. Now it's in the archive.
No More Web (August 24, 2008)
Officially moved to Archives
This was a really nice site for a small moment in time... one where people were comfortable in a job/industry that was booming and could contemplate what else they'd like to do instead. I think that period is several booms/busts ago now and well, people are probably either out of the industry or just happy to be employed. The site itself is now archived.
Books I've Read (August 23, 2008)
How the States Got Their Shapes by Mark Stein (Finished Aug 23, 2008)
CopyMatte (August 20, 2008)
Introducing CopyMatte
No, it's not a plagarism site or a place for you to make photocopies of me, but rather this is the new home for my writings on the web.

For the moment, there are not any new pieces - those will follow. But as I rebuild the backends to all my site, I am helping pull things together to make it easier to update as well as easier to get to.
Books I've Read (August 19, 2008)
One of my oldest projects (started in 1988), Books I've Read is a record of books I've read since I started high school.

The books haven't changed, but while I was working on a new admin backend to my sites, I decided to update the frontend of this little site.
HexHues (August 8, 2008)
Feel Free to Comment
For 12 years I've had a site which welcomed your participation, allowing you to name colors, but I didn't provide you any way to comment on the HexHues named by others. Well, I've corrected that omission and starting today, comment all you'd like.

Of course, I do review all comments (just like color names) and so I can weed out the spam, vulgarity and general innane stuff that often gets submitted through web forms these days. But rest assured, I'm pretty generous about what I let through, so you'll see your comment up in no time. As comments are anonymous (at least for now) you will not need to submit any information about yourself. Likewise, you will not get any email confirmation when it has been added.
BehindtheURL (August 4, 2008)
A Little Better WHOIS
One of my older tools - BehindtheURL - offered you the chance to do a WHOIS search on a URL, but it was a little old and didn't allow you to search some TLDs.

So I've finally gotten around to updating it and it should be more useful. I've summarized the old guide to TLDs I had so that it's accessible right below the WHOIS search.
HexHues (August 4, 2008)
The Latest (Archived)
A request I've had for at least 5 years now finally was fulfilled. This was a way to view the latest HexHues. I've added not only a way for you to see the most recent HexHues, but a chronological list going back to the beginning of the site. Just choose "Latest HexHues" from any page on the site.
HexHues (August 3, 2008)
Introducing HexHues
Many years ago, I created a little site for people to name & play with colors. It lived in many places and mainly went by the name HexagonalHues. It's last resting place was on The Firm List, but I felt it should have a life of its own, and thus it has a new URL and a name name.
The Firm List (July 29, 2008)
New Inset Design
A new inset design was submitted by Red Stoat design for Jersey, UK. Thank you!
The Firm List (July 27, 2008)
A New Splash Page
A new splash page was submitted called IGD Style, designed by InterGraphicDESIGNS.
Books I've Read (July 26, 2008)
Year One: An Intimate Look Inside Harvard Business School by Robert Reid (Finished Jul 26, 2008)
RESRC (July 23, 2008)
More RESRCful
I launched a new site... well, new code, new design and new URL. I moved/updated resources.firmlist.com to www.resrc.com.
Books I've Read (July 10, 2008)
Meatball Sundae: Is Your Marketing Out of Sync? by Seth Godin (Finished Jul 10, 2008)
Books I've Read (June 23, 2008)
Born Standing Up by Steve Martin (Finished Jun 23, 2008)
Books I've Read (June 20, 2008)
The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945 by John Toland (Finished Jun 20, 2008)
Books I've Read (June 15, 2008)
Seven Deadly Wonders by Matthew Reilly (Finished Jun 15, 2008)
Books I've Read (June 8, 2008)
B-School Survival Guide by Jon Housman (Finished Jun 08, 2008)
Books I've Read (June 7, 2008)
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness by Richard H Thaler with Cass R. Sunstein (Finished Jun 07, 2008)
Books I've Read (June 2, 2008)
Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy (Finished Jun 02, 2008)
Books I've Read (May 29, 2008)
More Sex is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics by Steven E Landsburg (Finished May 29, 2008)
No Logo by Naomi Klein (Finished May 29, 2008)
Books I've Read (May 27, 2008)
Vortex by Larry Bond (Finished May 27, 2008)
Snapshots From Hell: The Making of an MBA by Peter Robinson (Finished May 27, 2008)
Books I've Read (May 19, 2008)
1421: The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Menzies (Finished May 19, 2008)
Books I've Read (May 16, 2008)
Next by Michael Crichton (Finished May 16, 2008)
The Six Sacred Stones by Matthew Reilly (Finished May 16, 2008)
Books I've Read (March 20, 2008)
A Whole New Brain: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H. Pink (Finished Mar 20, 2008)
Books I've Read (February 13, 2008)
The Big Eye by Max Ehrlich (Finished Feb 13, 2008)
Books I've Read (February 8, 2008)
POP! Stand Out In Any Crowd by Sam Horn (Finished Feb 08, 2008)
Books I've Read (January 24, 2008)
The Imagineering Field Guide to Epcot by The Imagineers (Finished Jan 24, 2008)
Books I've Read (January 22, 2008)
The Tranquility Alternative by Allen Steele (Finished Jan 22, 2008)
Books I've Read (January 17, 2008)
To-Do Lists of the Dead by Jonathan Katz (Finished Jan 17, 2008)
Books I've Read (January 15, 2008)
Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik (Finished Jan 15, 2008)
Books I've Read (January 6, 2008)
PHP for the World Wide Web: Visual Quickstart Guide by Larry Ullman (Finished Jan 06, 2008)
Books I've Read (January 1, 2008)
The Q Guide to The Golden Girls by Colucci Jim (Finished Jan 01, 2008)
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