MichaelMinn.com

Geography

Geography

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."

I am an avid photographer and have assembled an extensive collections of photographs taken during my journeys:

Linux

Linux

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:

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. 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.

Theatre / Web

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.

Aside from my personal web content, I am also maintain the following performing arts-related websites (in meticulously hand-coded HTML and PHP):

To me, parties are as relaxing and convivial as a job interview; I feel intense pressure to perform. And that turns everyone else -- even people I like a lot -- into steely-eyed, thin-lipped personnel from Human Resources. (Gene Weingarten)