Accomplishments

DARPA Shredder Challenge Solved

Screenshot of CACM article about the DARPA Shredder Challenge

A feature article about a $50,000 challenge issued by DARPA and its solutions, including quotes from the First and Second Place winners.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
August, 2012
1500 words

Drupal in Context column: “Social Security”

Cover of Drupal Watchdog Issue #4

A column for Issue #4 of “Drupal Watchdog”, a print magazine distributed at DrupalCon Munich.

Tag 1 Publishing
Article
August, 2012
550 words

Talking to Machines

Screenshot of CACM article about speech recognition

A feature article about modern applications of speech recognition, in particular how they’ve combined with complementary technologies to produce such consumer products as Siri.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
April, 2012
2000 words

Drupal in Context column: “What Three Decades of Publishing Programs Teaches Us”

A column for Issue #3 of “Drupal Watchdog”, a print magazine distributed at DrupalCon Denver.

Tag 1 Publishing
Article
March, 2012
1250 words

Cloud-based HPC

Image of the article as it appeared in print

A very brief article about a U.S. Government report on whether high-performance computing is cost-effective using cloud-computing techniques.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
March, 2012
275 words

Supercomputers Get Real

Screenshot of the article online

A short online-only article about how supercomputer developers are teaming up with application specialists to make the hardware’s power more useful.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
December, 2011
900 words

Managing the Demise of Privacy

Screenshot of CACM article about PII

A news report on the Privacy Identity Innovation conference in Menlo Park, November 2011, which focused largely on how social media are changing the landscape for consumers.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
November, 2011
750 words

Seeing is Not Enough

First page of article as it appeared in print

An article about vision systems that recognize actions, rather than just objects.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
October, 2011
1500 words

Drupal in Context column: “You are a Mobile Device”

Cover of Drupal Watchdog Issue #2

A column for Issue #2 of “Drupal Watchdog”, a print magazine distributed at DrupalCon London and later made available online.

Tag 1 Publishing
Article
August, 2011
1100 words

Supercomputing’s Exaflop Target

First page of "Supercomputing's Exaflop Target" article

A review of Asia’s recent ascendency in the Top500 list of the world’s leading supercomputers, and the supercomputing field generally.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
August, 2011
1700 words

The Promise of Flexible Displays

First page of "The Promise of Flexible Displays" article

Article about advances in electronic displays that can bend, be made in irregular shapes, and be produced through a print-like process.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
June, 2011
1700 words

Drupal in Context column: “Getting Paid”

Cover of Drupal Watchdog Issue #1

A column for Issue #1 of “Drupal Watchdog”, a print magazine distributed at DrupalCon Chicago. (Content not available online.)

Tag 1 Publishing
Article
March, 2011
1300 words

Last CMS Standing: The Promise of Drupal Versus WordPress and Joomla

Screenshot of "Last CMS Standing..." article

This article compares the three CMSes in terms of user base, code maturity, richness of plug-ins, and business acceptance. Commissioned by Peachpit Press to support my recently published book, Drupal 7: Visual QuickStart Guide.

Peachpit Press
Article
February, 2011
1550 words

Evaluating Government Funding

Article as it appeared in print

Abstract: “A presidential report asserts the value of U.S. government investments in the cross-agency Networking and Information Technology Research and Development program and specifies areas needing greater focus.”

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
February, 2011
600 words

ACM China Nearing Launch

News story about the Association for Computing Machinery’s expansion into China. (Published in Communications of the ACM.)

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
September, 2010
600 words

Beyond the Smart Grid

Feature story about sensors to monitor energy consumption and other environmental data in residences. (Published in Communications of the ACM.)

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
June, 2010
1300 words

Rebuilding for Eternity

Article about “e-heritage”, digitization of large-scale historical sites such as the Bayon Temple in Cambodia.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
January, 2010
1250 words

Top Ten Changes That Make Drupal 7 the Best Version Ever

Top of the Peachpit.com page containing this article

Article written for the publisher of my book, Drupal 7: Visual QuickStart Guide. I wrote it at a time when Drupal 7 seemed primed for imminent release, but it ended up taking a year more. The article is still fairly accurate, though.

Peachpit Press
Article
January, 2010
2000 words

Shaping the Future

First page of "Shaping the Future" article

Article about “claytronics” — ensembles of tiny robots that self-assemble into larger functional units.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
October, 2009
1200 words

IT drives policy — and vice versa

Image of the article as it appeared in print

Reporting on a three-day conference about technology policy. This was my biggest case of preparation overkill: 12,000 words of notes went into a 575-word article.

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
August, 2009
575 words

Practice Makes Perfect, Even for Brain-Controlled Prosthetics

First page of Neuroprosthetics article

Short, online-only news article about brain-machine interfaces — or, as I call it, “MONKEYS CONTROLLING ROBOTS WITH THEIR BRAINS!!!”

Association for Computing Machinery
Article
July, 2009
450 words

Review: OmniFocus for iPhone

Article as it appeared on the web

A review of the productivity and life-tracking app, OmniFocus.

MacLife
Article, Review
November, 2008
400 words

Articles for Apple Developer Connection (edited)

As the registered company Geller Guides, I found, oversaw, coached, and edited subcontracted writers for a couple of technical articles that appeared on the Apple Developer Connection section of Apple’s website. (I’ll provide copies of the articles on request.)

Apple
Article
September, 2008
5000 words

Overcoming the Uncanny Valley

First page of article as it appeared in print

A feature article about the perceptual gap between images of real human faces near-human representations.

Abstract: “What makes some near-human characters scary while others are merely laughable? More important, why do some human and humanlike characters fail to arouse our sympathy? Visual artists and roboticists face these questions as they seek to alternately frighten and endear. Recent attempts to create accurate human replicas have brought these questions to the fore with increased urgency.”

IEEE
Article
July, 2008
4500 words

“Ex-agent doesn’t miss shoveling dog doo”

Article as it appeared online

Rediscovered this forgotten interview with me by an unnamed reporter. Fun!

Inman News
Article
June, 2008
600 words

Review: OmniFocus

Article as it appeared on the web

Review of the productivity and personal-tracking application, OmniFocus (known at the time as “The Omni Group Omnifocus”).

MacLife
Article, Review
June, 2008
500 words

Shrinking cities, Part 3: Investing in America’s urban rebirth

Article as it appeared on the web

The third part in a series of three articles about the death (and rebirth) of cities, particularly in the U.S. Rust Belt. (Note: As of August 2013, these articles are incorrectly attributed to another author in the byline, but are correct in the footer.)

Inman News
Article, Series
November, 2007
950 words

Shrinking cities, Part 2: Local knowledge key for small investors in urban areas

Article as it appeared on the web

The second part in a series of three articles about the death (and rebirth) of cities, particularly in the U.S. Rust Belt. (Note: As of August 2013, these articles are incorrectly attributed to another author in the byline, but are correct in the footer.)

Inman News
Article, Series
November, 2007
1500 words

Shrinking cities, Part 1: Why cities shrink… and grow

Article as it appeared on the web

The first part in a series of three articles about the death (and rebirth) of cities, particularly in the U.S. Rust Belt. (Note: As of August 2013, these articles are incorrectly attributed to another author in the byline, but are correct in the footer.)

Inman News
Article, Series
November, 2007
1200 words

Coda Unites Web Development: Panic Builds Its UI with WebKit, Quartz

Article as it appeared on the web

An article for the Apple Developer Center (ADC) about how someone created a popular developer’s tool using Apple technologies. (Article is no longer on ADC; available by request.)

Apple
Article, Case study
October, 2007
1800 words