About This Site

About This Site

When I was a senior in college at the University of Florida I took an “honors” Hemingway class. My girlfriend at the time was spending the semester in Spain and she let me borrow her computer while she was gone. I somehow managed to convince my professor to let me build a website featuring all of my classmates’ essays instead of writing a 50-page term paper. (This was back in the very early days of HTML, before anyone even started putting graphics on the World Wide Web, so it was kind of a big deal.)

The Hemingway site I built became pretty popular and — after graduation — I kept adding to it. People from all over the world sent me their essays and I would post them. Eventually I decided to get my own URL. I registered davidgagne.net with a tiny little start-up named Dotster and found another start-up, Dreamhost, to handle the hosting. At the same time another new company was becoming popular: Blogger. I started blogging on March 3rd, 2000 and have been publishing more or less daily to this website since then.

A good place to start is by reading some of my favorite posts.

February 2020I was born in Pawtucket, RI in 1973. I moved to Daytona Beach, FL in 1979. I went to St. Paul’s Elementary School and then Father Lopez Catholic High School. I moved away from home to go to the University of Florida in 1991. It took me a little while, but I eventually graduated in 1996. I moved to Los Angeles in 2000.

I’ve been to Anaheim, Asheville, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Austin, The Bahamas, Barcelona, Begur, Bellagio, Big Bear, Boston, Buonconvento, Bristol, Cancun, Cape Canaveral, Charleston, Chicago, Chula Vista, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Costa Brava, Cumberland Island, Daytona, Deland, Denver, Disneyland, Dublin, Encino, EPCOT, Florence, Gainesville, Gainesville, Glendale, Gloucester, Greenwich, Hollywood, Ithaca, Jackson, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, London, Long Beach, Los Angeles, the Magic Kingdom, Maine, Malibu, Maui, Melbourne, Miami, Milan, Montepulciano, Nashville, New Hampshire, New Orleans, New York City, Newport, Ocean City, Ojai, Old Greenwich, Orlando, Ormond Beach, Paris, Pawtucket, Philadelphia, Pisa, Porter Valley, Portland, Portofino, Portsmouth, Providence, Reno, Rome, San Diego, San Francisco, Sanford, Savannah, Scottsdale, Seekonk, Sienna, Solvang, St. Simons Island, Studio City, Tallahassee, Tampa, Thousand Oaks, Tuscany, Vail, Varenna, Venice Beach, Venice, Warwick, West Palm Beach, Woburn, the White House, the Vatican, a World Series Game 1, and Super Bowl XLII. I’ve been to a bunch of other places, too.

You can browse the different header site logos I’ve used on this site over the years here.

The majority of this website was built using the excellent Coda Nova IDE created by Panic. I use it for all my HTML, CSS, jQuery, and Javascript development.
The CMS that runs the entire site is called WordPress, which I started using a year or so after it was released in 2003.
I publish the site using git, which I have configured to automatically ssh files to my production web server any time I commit.

You can email me if you’re desperate. My initials are “dvg” and the domain name here is davidgagne.net, so you should be able to guess what my email address is.

What Is This?

davidgagne.net is the personal weblog of me, David Vincent Gagne. I've been publishing here since 1999, which makes this one of the oldest continuously-updated websites on the Internet.


A few years ago I was trying to determine what cocktails I could make with the alcohol I had at home. I searched the App Store but couldn't find an app that would let me do that, so I built one.


You can read dozens of essays and articles and find hundreds of links to other sites with stories and information about Ernest Hemingway in The Hemingway Collection.