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In 2001, I set aside my 20 years of technical and entrepreneurial management and moved to Montana to focus on my writing and purchase Red Lodge Books (which is now Red Lodge Books & Tea). I still do some consulting in the field of closed captioning for deaf and hard-of-hearing people, a field in which I hold two patents and several awards (not to mention the three books on the subject I’ve written). See my ego wall for details on patents and awards. I also gave a TED talk about captioning at TEDxBozeman in 2014.
My list of publications includes over two dozen books and technical manuals, and hundreds of articles for magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, and Web sites. I’ve written for a wide variety of publications, from the World Book Encyclopedia to Renaissance magazine, on subjects ranging from cattle to computer hacking.
My experience as an engineer from the highest level user interface design and specification to the lowest level chip design and operating system coding provides a broad base for writing on technical issues. I also have extensive Web design experience using direct HTML, Perl, PHP, MySQL, and hand-coded CSS.
I have a teaching credential (now expired) in computer and related technologies, and have taught at three colleges. I have also put on seminars for over 20 different organizations.
Currently, I am in my eighth year as Scottish Director of the Festival of Nations (I served two years as president) and I have served on a number of other boards, including the Fremont (California) Chamber of Commerce, Red Lodge Area Chamber of Commerce, Beartooth Elks Lodge #534, and the Beartooth Nature Center.
I also emcee most Scottish events in the area, including the Yellowstone Scottish Highland Games and our annual Robert Burns supper.