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:
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.
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.com was the premier site on the Web for information about the world’s mountains, particularly if you’re interested in climbing them. The majority of the site’s content was contributed by its users. There were currently over 12,000 registered users from 185 countries who 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. The site is currently dormant, as I consider whether there might be a Peakware 2.0. For more details, see my blog post Pulling the Plug on Peakware.
I’m best able to truly experience Now when I’m making music, so I try to do that as often as possible. I’ve released three albums, which you can explore via my Music page.
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).
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: