I am a PhD candidate in Geography at The University of Illinois with a research focus American intercity passenger rail in the context of potential future energy resource constraints. Other research interests include renewable energy, urban infrastructure, open-source GIS and the geography of food. I have a Master of Arts degree in Geography from Hunter College, where my thesis project was TRAMM, a web-based framework for visualizing "transportation poverty."
- Contested Power: American Long-Distance Passenger Rail and the Ambiguities of Energy Intensity Analysis, presented at the 2014 AAG Annual Meeting in Tampa. I also organized and chaired four sessions on energy transitions and one session on rail landscapes.
- American Passenger Rail Network Durability and the Spaces of Actor-Network Theory, presented at the 2012 West Lakes - East Lakes Joint Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in DeKalb, IL and at the 2013 AAG Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. I also organized five sessions on rail at AAG 2013.
- The Political Economy of High Speed Rail in the United States, published in the journal Mobilities, and originally presented at the 17th Annual Mini-Conference on Critical Geography in Milwaukee.
- A look back at the 1967 Midwest High Speed Rail Transit Conference, presented at the 2011 West Lakes AAG Meeting in Chicago, and published in the Journal of Transport Geography
- An analysis of renewable and non-renewable energy sources with a summary of current usage and potential future availability
I am an avid photographer and have assembled an extensive collections of photographs taken during my journeys:
I am an advocate for the Linux computer operating system and have used it on my home systems 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 worked as a C/UNIX programmer in Dallas at Texas Instruments and VISystems before moving to New York City, where I completed the CTA network administration and design program at Columbia University.
I have written and support the following open-source projects:
- MMQGIS: a set of useful python plugins for the QGis open-source mapping and analysis software package.
- MMUSBAUDIO: an OSS device driver for the Roland USB audio devices
- MMZX80: a utility for transferring programs for the Sinclair ZX-81 (a $100 microcomputer from the early 1980s) from cassette to digital files that can be run in a Linux ZX-81 emulator
- MMPTP: a Linux utility for downloading pictures from PTP digital cameras
I have written numerous Linux on Laptops installation instructions for a variety of machines:
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. I have a music education degree from North Texas State (now UNT) and I've played a number of instruments at various times with varying levels of proficiency. This website includes MP3 collections of some of my work.
- Pop vocal MP3s
- Instrumental MP3s (trombones / guitars)
- 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 wrote and produced the musical comedy The Irreplaceable Commodity for the 2003 New York International Fringe Festival
- 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 / Web
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.
Aside from my personal web content, I am also maintain the following performing arts-related websites (in meticulously hand-coded HTML and PHP):
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