Groups And Projects

This page is a list of groups I’m a part of, hobbies and interests, and other things that are important to me.  In true geek fashion, I offer them to you as a list of links.

Groups

  • Agile New England: Agile New England is the leading community of Agile enthusiasts, practitioners and learners in New England. Based in Boston, we are committed to fostering a greater knowledge of the Agile values and practices. We are a learning community focused on broadening our own understanding as well as the spreading that knowledge to the broader community of professionals in the area.  I have been a member of ANE for about 15 years, and have been on the Board for about 10.  I am IT Chair, in charge of all technology, like websites, email addresses, domain names, and social media.
  • Boston Linux and UNIX Group: I’m Assistant Director, and sometimes presenter.  I’ve been a member for about 10 years.  This group spun off from the long-defunct Boston Computer Society
  • Association of Computing Machinery: ACM, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. ACM provides the computing field’s premier Digital Library and serves its members and the computing profession with leading-edge publications, conferences, and career resources.
  • Watertown HATCH Maker Space: Hatch is an initiative of the Watertown Free Public Library with support from the Watertown Community Foundation, and the Watertown Free Public Library Building Committee. I volunteer there, and teach classes.

Current Projects

  • LightBright: An Arduino-based lighting controller I use for DJing. It’s very feature rich at this point, but I frequently add more to it and improve its reliability.  I also have several related hardware projects, making my own lighting fixtures for DJing.
  • My Arduino classes at the Watertown HATCH Maker Space are always being revised and expanded
  • I am helping an Occupational Therapist build a special mouse for a child with severe accessibility needs, using arcade buttons and an arcade joystick, communicating with an Arduino emulating the mouse.  It will be fully documented and published as open source when done.
  • I have an Adafruit Circuit Playground Express I use as a wearable reactive device at events.  It responds to light, movement, etc by changing light patterns and colors using my Comm Badge program.

Interests

  • Agile software development
  • Arduino programming and application
  • Bad science fiction movies: Think Mystery Science Theater 3000
  • Technical theater: I worked on lighting and sound for productions in NYC for about 10 years. I would love to get back into it before I’m too old to climb a ladder with an 50lb PAR can in my hand and 1 100ft cable slung over my shoulder. I did quite a bit of Shakespeare, but also a lot of silly little comedies. Then there’s the cast parties….
  • DJ: I used to be a semi-pro event DJ I still like playing at parties, including a light show I mostly built myself

Profiles on other websites

  • LinkedIn: LinkedIn is an online network of experienced professionals from around the world. When you join, you create a profile that summarizes your professional accomplishments. Your profile helps you find and be found by former colleagues, clients, and partners. You can add more connections by inviting trusted contacts to join LinkedIn and connect to you.
  • Stack Overflow: A programming Q & A site that’s free. Free to ask questions, free to answer questions, free to read, free to index, built with plain old HTML, no fake rot13 text on the home page, no scammy google-cloaking tactics, no salespeople, no JavaScript windows dropping down in front of the answer asking for $12.95 to go away.

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