Geography

Geography

I am a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign investigating Foreclosure as an Intervention in Residential Landscape Management in Maricopa County, AZ.

As a doctoral student in the UIUC Department of Geography I taught classes on GIS, globalization, the developing world, the digital earth, and web development, and I have a growing collection of academic publications and conference presentations

Other research foci include American intercity passenger rail, energy, and open-source software.

I am an avid street photographer and student of the built environment, and I have assembled extensive photographic collections of American cities (especially New York City), railroad infrastructure, bridges, and theatres. I have chronicled three centuries of my family's history on The Privett Family Website

Open Source Software

Open Source

I am an advocate for the Linux computer operating system, which I have used on my home systems exclusively since 2000. I have been working with various flavors of UNIX since graduating from North Texas State with a Master's degree in Computer Science.

I created and support MMQGIS, a plugin tool set for the QGIS open source geographic information system. My thesis project at Hunter College was TRAMM, a web-based framework for visualizing "transportation poverty." using Open Layers. I have maintained a number of Linux installation and documentation pages over the years.

I am well-versed in C/C++, PHP, Python, R, HTML and CSS, and all of my web content is hand-coded and ad-free.

Music

Music

I've been performing music of some kind for most of my life and have been a singer / songwriter since the late 1980s, specializing in pop vocal harmony. This website includes MP3 collections of some of my work.

I wrote and produced Mossadegh, a rock opera based on the C.I.A.-orchestrated 1953 Iranian coup, for the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival and the show website had a surprising afterlife, receiving attention from the BBC, Radio Farda, and numerous Iranian blogs. I also wrote and produced the musical comedy The Irreplaceable Commodity for the 2003 New York International Fringe Festival

I maintain comprehensive online discographies for Louis Armstrong and Sarah Vaughan.

I have a music education degree from North Texas State (now UNT) and I've played a number of instruments at various times and at modest levels of proficiency. I marched for three seasons with the drum corps Blue Stars (1980), Louisiana Southernaires (1981) and Madison Scouts (1984). Photos and reminiscences from those experiences are HERE...

Theatre

Theatre

From 1991-2006 I worked in theatre in New York City. Off-Broadway I appeared as a performer in the musicals Making Tracks and Shanghai Lil's. Regionally I appeared in productions of 42nd Street (Julian), The Pajama Game (Sid), The King & I (King). Television credits include All My Children, As The World Turns, The City, Law & Order and background work on an extensive number of other forgettable television shows and feature films. You may view my theatrical photo résumé HERE...

I toured four seasons with the award-winning children's theatre company Theatreworks/USA (Secret Garden, Swiss Family Robinson, Charlotte's Web, Romeo & Juliet) and worked as a stage manager with Artspower, The Kaleidoscope Theatre Company and the 78th Street Theatre Lab. At various times I have been a member of The Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity Association, AGMA, AFTRA and SAG.

I maintain a marginal connection with the theatre by maintaining the ballet history site Andros on Ballet as a legacy for the late instructor Dick Andros, as well as the website for the Obie-award-winning The National Asian-American Theatre Company.

My theory is that really great musicals have something scary and frightening underneath them that are threatening to eat the musical, and that's what motivates the singing. (George C. Wolfe)