About Maria

My name is Maria Varmazis. It’s nice to meet you.
Με λένε Μαρία Βαρμάζη. Χαίρω πολύ.

I got my B.A. in journalism and Japanese from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst after spending two years at Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences studying computer science. (You could call me a bit of a geek hybrid.) For a decade I worked in corporate marketing and communications for B2B information security* software companies, which put both my computer science and journalism skills to work. Communicating complex ideas to a discerning audience is a skill I’ve honed over the years, and I’m happily helping firms do the same in my consulting career. I’m currently taking new clients, so don’t hesitate to get in touch!

I’m the kind of person who takes things apart to find out how they work. This is how I taught myself HTML in the early-mid 1990s—by taking apart other websites and shaping the raw code into something of my own, I eventually learned how to code HTML, and later CSS, DHTML, PHP and some JavaScript. At various points in my life I knew a smidge of BASIC, a smattering of C++, a sniffle of pascal (yes, really) and a snippet of Java, but it has been ages since I’ve had to use any of those. Nerd cred minus one billion points, I know. I’d much rather be blogging nowadays!

*Also known as “cybersecurity,” but this term makes a lot of folks in the industry cringe.

Topics and activities I enjoy that are also useful for impressing people at cocktail parties:

  • I am unfailingly loyal to Picard as my favorite captain because I grew up with TNG, but I like Sisko (and DS9) more the older I get. And yes, I know DS9 is a ripoff of Babylon 5–so maybe it’s really Sheridan that’s the best captain after all. OK, this impresses no one at cocktail parties.
  • Drawing, painting, cartooning, comics, the works. I’ve had my work published in several books and on display at shows. Next time you see me in person, ask me about it and I’ll be glad to fill you in.
  • Road biking. I am not a speed demon, I prefer touring to speed… partly because I’m just not very fast. But I do love bicycling and that’s really all that matters.
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