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Name: Maria Helena Stanke

Born: September 17th 1985

Internet Alias : \m/

Interests: Writing stories, reading books, watching movies, listening to music, creating stuff in Photoshop, watching anime and reading manga.

Likes: Cats, chocolate, books, flowers, cinemas, comic books and computers (when they work).

How I got here

The last couple of years I’ve been studying at University West and I’m currently one year from my exam in the Digital Media – for Design of Experiences and Learning-programme.
However, it all began when I started an online comic called After Armageddon in early 2004 and found myself in need of a website. I saw no other solution than to learn how to make one myself.

Since then I’ve spent many hours in Photoshop and Dreamweaver, polishing my design and code knowledge, sometimes living like a hacker on nothing but caffeine all through the night. Some call it nerdiness, I call it ambition.

Running After Armageddon also developed my skills in the English language as well as got me interested in anime and manga, which is now taking up a great deal of my free time to the extend that I’ve grown a desire to learn Japanese.

The world wide web works in mysterious ways…



2001-2004: the Natural Science Programme at Östrabogymnasiet, Uddevalla.

2006: Webdesigner 60 ECTS at University West, Trollhättan/Uddevalla.

2007: Graphic Design I 7,5 ECTS at Kristianstad University, Kristianstad.

2007-2010: Digital Media for Design of Experiences and Learning 180 ECTS at University West, Trollättan.

Computer knowledge

Very good at: Photoshop, XHTML, CSS, Dreamweaver, Word, PowerPoint.
Good at: Flash, WordPress, XML, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere.

Average at: PHP, Autodesk Maya, Flex, JavaScript, After Effects, Excel.

Basic understanding: ProTools, Avid, SVG, AJAX, JSP, ASP.NET, MySQL, Access.

Things I want to do in life

Work with web design and/or graphic design, publish at least one novel, learn Japanese, visit Tokyo and New York and also have a lot of fat and happy cats.


SilverSerpent.net has been my corner of the web since February 2005 and I really enjoy it here. The name SilverSerpent was chosen with great care, but it has no underlying meaning. I simply liked the name.