About Me


I’m Mark J. Pearrow. I have a really strange professional history, and maybe an even stranger personal history. Here are some random things about me.

  • I have been employed at MIT for much of my professional life. I’ve been a sysadmin, programmer, webmaster, and a bunch of other things.
  • I have two kids; one born in 2003, one in 2006. They are both fantastic.
  • I wrote several books about web site usability back in the 1990s and as recently (!) as 2006.
  • I taught many web development and design classes, including a web usability course, all of which I designed, at Northeastern University, from 1997 – 2001. When the dot-com bubble had burst and companies cut their training budgets, I stopped teaching, but I miss it terribly.
  • I do a lot of charity work and invest in my community as much as I can without injury to myself or my family.
  • I love analog synthesizers. In particular I love Moog and Sequential Circuits / DSi synths.
  • I am a bass player for Techno-Squid Eats Parliament, a band from Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • All of these bullet items start with “I”, which makes me very uncomfortable.
  • I am a homebrewer. I like brewing all-grain recipes and I tend to keg rather than rack my beer.
  • I love RPGs (role playing games, not rocket propelled grenades) and I game every month with a dedicated group of older nerds who have really high-powered careers, but who let it hang out in the game.
  • I’m a Freemason.

That’s more than enough detail.