The Phoenix Garage

software engineering, robotics, machine learning, and other fun stuff

If you’re a visitor to my site, then I believe you’re intelligent…

TL;DR: Send your email to andrewa at this site’s domain,

Please be sure to include your name, a valid return email address, and the subject your message is about.

The longer explanation:

I originally considered integrating a custom form and email scripting system to allow you to type a message, click a “Send” button, and your thoughts would make their way to my inbox…

But I honestly couldn’t think of a way to make it perfectly secure, keep it from being used by scammers to spam people, etc. I gave it a lot of thought.

I considered a variety of methods involving so-called “honeypot fields”, anti-automation timer checks, CAPTCHA and ReCAPTCHA methods, and more. I had an idea of using my hosting provider’s CGI email script system, or rolling my own using PHP. Or going third-party entirely!

But in the end, simplicity won out. Because I believe that you, my users, don’t need anything like that.

When I get your message, I’ll do my best to answer it in a timely manner, but sometimes I get busy. If you don’t receive a reply, it’s likely because I’m either forgetful, indisposed, or I didn’t think your email needed a response.

That, or you told me not to bother (always an option)…

But if you think differently, and you need a reply, just send me another email; sooner or later I’ll respond.

Handling email contact this way is probably the most secure manner possible for a static site. It also seems to make the most sense.

Thank you for understanding.