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About Stickman

Answers to some of the more frequently-asked questions about the guy behind this site. Read only if bored.

Please be aware that this page refers to the old Stickman site and is largely out of date.

Who the hell are you?

Just some guy.

Why 'Stickman'?

I'm tall, I'm thin. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Why do you do this?

I like helping people. And I'm an incurable smart-arse -- I like to show off how clever I am.

How long have you been using Flash?

I've been fiddling around with it since the time of writing, that's about three years. Which in Internet terms is a lifetime.

What do you do for a job?

I work in Web design for a large content site in the UK. I'm also a freelance writer.

Why are you so secretive?

I'm on the run from Interpol.

Can you teach me Flash?

Sorry, I don't have the time to conduct individual lessons. I recommend you visit the links page where you'll find plenty of sites offering all sorts of help and advice.

May I email you and ask specific questions?

You can try, but I can't guarantee that I'll respond. I get quite a lot of email and I just don't have time to reply to it all. You're far more likely to get an answer to your question if you visit one of the forum sites on the links page and ask your question there. I might even answer it myself.

I emailed you, but you didn't answer. Why not?

See above.

Can you recommend any good Flash books?

I haven't read any books about Flash (aside from the manuals), but I've heard good things about Flash 4 Magic by David J Emberton and Flash Web Design by Hillman Curtis.

Apart from Flash, what software do you use?

For bitmap graphics I mostly use Fireworks. I write all HTML code by hand in TextPad. For FTP transfers I use FTP Explorer. I also use the following software from time to time: PaintShop Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, The Font Thing.

Do you ever use software to 'crack' or 'disassemble' other peoples' files, to find out how they work?

Absolutely not. All the techniques you see on this site, even those based on other sites, were discovered by me either a) independently, b) by watching other peoples' work closely and working it out myself, or c) by accident. If you see a file on my site that's based on your work and are unhappy about that, please email me and we'll discuss it.

What fonts are you using on this site?

The text in the logo is called Pricedown and I found it at the excellent Larabie Fonts site. The Stickman figure is from a dingbat font called Mr Robo Funk which I found at Font Freak, another good font site.

Who hosts this site?

The domain is registered with, which provides a very good service. The site itself is hosted by, a very reasonably-priced service with more features than you could shake a very big stick at.

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