Videojournalism about how researchers are teaching computers to understand the processes that create human emotion, possibly leading to better decisions and human-computer interfaces.
Ph.D.s: Want a month of all-expenses-paid training, with a six-figure job waiting for you when you’re done? That’s what a new crop of “data-science boot camps” offer — for those who qualify. (Online-only article.)
Videojournalism about algorithms that help computers recognize objects within an image, and undestand the scene itself.
A blog post to support my course, “Freelancing Fundamentals“.
The “smart” electric grid has held great promise for 15 years, but it’s not always been clear how deeply it’s penetrated our infrastructure — or what benefits it’s delivered. This article summarizes the current state of smart-grid technology, who’s implemented it, and where improvements are likely to appear. Online only.
Videojournalism about a system at http://newsstand.umiacs.umd.edu/ that interprets newsfeeds, placing items on a map (among other things).
Videojournalism about turning photo collections into movie-like “Face Movies”, via a system that’s been incorporated into Google’s Picasa photo program. (Many thanks to guest interviewer Teresa Meek.)
I was afraid to work on this article about the gender gap in computing because it’s a topic surrounded by dogma, strong feelings, and poorly conceived statistics. As a result, most coverage on it is timid and shallow. But I think the hours of interviewing and research paid off. I’m happy with how it turned out. Online-only.
It’s gotten lots of coverage:
- Interview subject Meta Brown’s mention in her series, “Meta’s Binder Fulla Women”
- Slashdot article with a misleading attribution in the headline. (My comment on it.)
- Andrew Leonard’s thoughtful musings, again with a misleading attribution. (My comment on it.)
- The Spiceworks community forum for IT/tech professionals is hosting a heated discussion in response to the article.
A blog post to support my course, “Up and Running with Bitcoin“.
Videojournalism about the applications of, and solutions to, the “maximum-flow/minimum-cut” problem, which affects surprisingly diverse fields. As before, I did most of this, with the help of two shooters.
Description by lynda.com: “Understand the basics of bitcoin, the popular virtual currency, and then learn the nuances of bitcoin transactions and security issues that can be difficult to navigate on your own. Tom Geller addresses both the big and small issues swirling around bitcoin right now, and prepares you to use or accept bitcoin as a currency for your transactions. Discover how bitcoin compares to US dollars and other forms of money; how to send, receive, and “mine” it; and how to protect and track your bitcoin transactions. Tom will even show you how to connect with the Bitcoin development community, in case you’re interested in contributing to the spread of this modern cryptocurrency.”
Videojournalism about a program at Caltech that collects seismic data through the cell phones of volunteers throughout the Los Angeles area. I did pretty much everything — shooting, editing, titles, narration, audio, intro music — with the help of an experienced primary cameraperson.
A celebration of the life work of Leslie Lamport, recipient of the 2013 ACM A.M. Turing Award. I did production, direction, editing, voiceover, and most of the shooting. Promoted in the article at http://cacm.acm.org/news/175166-general-agreement/fulltext , and presented at the awards banquet.
An article in the May 2014 issue of CACM about data storage for very long times, e.g. a million years.
A short elegy to rust-belt towns, as told through the decay of buildings and bodies.
A video to accompany this article in CACM. Wrote, produced, and presented.
An article in the January 2014 issue of CACM about “affective computing”, which enables your computing device to perceive react to your emotions and moods.
My first article for Belt Magazine, “an online magazine devoted to long-form journalism, essay, and commentary with a distinctly Rust Belt sensibility”. It examines why locals seemed to warn me away by asking, “Why would anyone move here?” Four of my photographs were also featured.
A done-in-one short video, with minor cutaways. Me giving advice to Oberlin College students on how to get started as a freelancer. Requested by the Oberlin College and Conservatory’s Career Center, and promoted at http://oberlin.edu/career/students/advice_from_alumni.html.
“Crowdfunding for technology gains traction” — an online-only article covering technology funding venues including Fundable, Gittip, Bountysource, and others, with commentary from various players including Eric S. Raymond and the National Crowdfunding Association.
A short online-only article about how supercomputer developers are teaming up with application specialists to make the hardware’s power more useful.
An article about vision systems that recognize actions, rather than just objects.
A video to accompany this article of the same name. My first solo video production!
An article for CACM about competing technologies to repurpose the Internet’s host-centric architecture so it’s more appropriate for small, often-mobile devices.
An article for CACM online about lifelogging, touching on the related subjects of veillance and “the quantified self”.
A column for Issue #5 of “Drupal Watchdog”, a print magazine distributed at DrupalCon Portland.
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.”
Keynote presentation from the inaugural two-day event, “DrupalCamp Western NY” in Buffalo, 14 October 2011. The event’s theme was “Hello, Universe”, so I riffed on how the Drupal community is growing (beyond the more common “Hello, World”), and how its culture will inevitably change as a result. Video by Stephen Rosenthal, http://caramaxstudio.com. Appearance sponsored by Acquia; at the time I was that company’s Content and Communications Director.
A list of my published writing from 1994-2005, totaling maybe 200,000 words, is at http://old.tgeller.com/writing/past-writing/. I hope to eventually incorporate those works into the rest of my portfolio.
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.”
Review of the productivity and personal-tracking application, OmniFocus (known at the time as “The Omni Group Omnifocus”).
A review of the productivity and life-tracking app, OmniFocus.
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.)
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.)
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.)
User manual for a computer cleaning product. Written to match an existing format and style.
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.)
A feature article about real-estate tours in the “virtual world” of Second Life.
A feature detailing how the website Weather Underground manages data, produces weather graphics, and collects crowdsourced information to put together its content.
The third part in a series of three articles about how old properties are being used for new purposes. (Note: As of August 2013, these articles are incorrectly attributed to another author in the byline, but are correct in the footer.)
The second part in a series of three articles about how old properties are being used for new purposes. (Note: As of August 2013, these articles are incorrectly attributed to another author in the byline, but are correct in the footer.)
The first part in a series of three articles about how old properties are being used for new purposes. (Note: As of August 2013, these articles are incorrectly attributed to another author in the byline, but are correct in the footer.)
A review of the popular illustration program.
A feature article about tax auctions in the Bay Area, for the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle’s real-estate section.
A review of the text editor/organizational program for writers.
A news story about checkers being “solved” — that is, proven that it’s possible to draw against even a perfectly played game.
A news story about an astronomical discovery.
Intro: “Astronomers have found an unexpected treat on a star first described more than 400 years ago – the streak of a 13-light-year-long tail. The tail, the first seen of its kind, could provide clues about how celestial bodies are formed from the material spat out by such aging stars.”
A news article about wireless power transmission.
Intro: “Annoyed by the tangle of power cords under your desk? A sheet of plastic invented by researchers in Japan could one day make for tables and walls that power devices placed on them — without any need for wires or plugs. Computers could be powered through the desks on which they sit, for example, or flat-screen televisions through the walls where they hang.”