Now

This page was formerly called Projects, but I like the immediacy of Now. I'm a strong believer in living fully immersed in this moment, so it's only natural that I would sign on to the growing Now movement: See other Now supporters on nownownow.com. In this moment, I'm breathing, thinking, and writing the content that you now are reading. But not long before or after this moment, I was or will be fully engaged in one of the following activities.

Accessible Technology at the UW

I'm fortunate to love my day job, working with a great group of people doing great work at the University of Washington. Some of the projects I'm involved with include:

  • Accessible Technology at the UW - this site is our hub for communicating to members of the UW campus community on IT accessibility issues. In particular, note our policy, guidelines, and checklist.
  • DO-IT - since 1993, DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) has been working to promote inclusion and success for people with disabilities. I've been helping since 2001.
  • DO-IT Video - the flagship website for demonstrating the capabilities of Able Player (see next item below).
  • My talks - I give a lot of talks, presentations, trainings, workshops, etc., and the slides from many of these activities are available on my UW staff page.

Able Player

Able Player is a fully accessible, open source, cross-browser media player that uses the HTML5 media API. It's the only media player that supports all five kinds of HTML5 <track> elements (captions, subtitles, descriptions, chapters, and metadata). It also features a highly flexible interactive transcript feature, supports synchronized sign language, can be used for playing YouTube videos, and has countless other incredibly cool features. For details check out Able Player on GitHub.

Accessible Hoops

Every March since 2006 I've created and hosted an Accessible NCAA Tournament Bracket for fans of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. In recent years that's been expanded to include several new features like an up-to-date scoreboard and a tournament pool. It's typically dormant until March, at which point I'll begin to send out announcements. For now, I'm simply enjoying some great college basketball (Go Dawgs! Go Zags! Go Jayhawks!)

Peakware

Peakware.com is the premier site on the Web for information about the world's mountains, particularly if you're interested in climbing them. The site's content comes entirely from its users. There are currently over 12,000 registered users from 185 countries who have contributed thousands of peaks, photos, and trip reports. I created and launched this site in June 1998, three months before Google and three years before Wikipedia. I sold it in 1999 but continue to do much of the development.

Music

I'm best able to truly experience Now when I'm making music, so I try to do that as often as possible. There's more about that on my music site, One Hand Clapping.

Outdoors

I reside in beautiful Cascadia, where old growth forests and glacial mountains meet the Pacific Ocean. Whenever possible I try to unplug and embrace my natural surroundings. I'm a proud and active member of The Mountaineers (founded in 1906) and Mount Baker Club (founded in 1911).

Giving

The world has many problems, and wherever there are problems there are (a) solutions, and (b) people working toward finding and implementing those solutions. None of us can fix the world alone, but we can all support each other. I'm currently a proud supporter of the following organizations:

  • Sierra Club - exploring, enjoying, and protecting our planet; keeping John Muir's vision alive
  • Nature Conservancy - conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends; when politics fails, acquisition makes perfect sense!
  • Action Against Hunger - working in 45 countries to save lives of severely malnourished children while helping vulnerable communities become self sufficient
  • OxFam - working tirelessly to end the world of poverty, and believing whole-heartedly that this goal is attainable
  • Playing for Change - working to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music.
  • ACLU - defending and preserving our rights and liberties as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution
  • Red Cedar Zen Community for offering a place of peace in support of my local community. Red Cedar also has an amazing Zen in Wilderness program.
  • Seattle radio stations KNKX and KEXP, for keeping us well-informed and keeping creative expression alive.