I made my first webpage on AOL Hometown in 1998. I bought my first domain, imorca.nu, in 2001. I eventually owned 3 domains and was full on into .php/MSQL scripting before giving it up in 2007 while I was in graduate school. When I was finally able to return, amateur coding was hardly the domain of amateurs anymore, and the snotty elitism that had been building when I left was pretty much all that remained. I always was and always will be a coding populist. I think it's better to have a non-corporate web, and as part of that, I think it's important for there to be space for people who ARE NOT professionals to be able to learn and grow in "speaking" this foreign machine language. I will never support web standards if they are used as a shibboleth to keep people out, or to shame people. I don't want to live in a world, or play on a web, where the most important thing people do to each other is say "I'm just f'n better than you." So, I made a conscious decision to do nothing like that here. This place will feel like a it belongs in another generation, and I'm just fine with that.
ImOrca.net was purchased in April 2012. The name is derived from my first ever e-mail address. Yes, I'm old enough to have lived in a world without e-mail. I didn't have an account until I was a senior undergraduate in college. I chose the name "imorca" which was pretty blatently "I am Orca" because a team I was on identified spirit "totems" for themselves, and mine was a killer whale. My initials are also MI, so it included my initials. I've used the handle consistently ever since for my internet presence.