Ego Wall

One could consider this entire blog to be an “ego wall,” but I am referring specifically to the wall behind a professional’s desk that is often littered with diplomas, awards, magazine covers, and so forth. As I consolidate my website into my blog, I am building my virtual ego wall right here.

Patent #7,360,234

Cover of patent #7,360,234Granted in 2008: “System, Method, and computer program product for selective filtering of objectionable content from a program.”

I do not own the rights to this patent, but it was still a pivotal moment for me when it was finally granted years after the work was complete. After my prior (and in my mind, much more significant) application was denied because it was “too obvious,” getting this one made me feel somehow vindicated.

Patent #8,245,252

Cover of patent #8,245,252Granted in 2012: “System, method, and computer program product for selective replacement of objectionable program content with less-objectionable content.”

Almost ten years after the initial filing, this patent was finally granted. The first inventor name listed ended up being someone who had nothing whatsoever to do with the technology (I’ve never met or spoken to her), but her husband paid the patent lawyers, so I guess I can’t complain too much.

Andrew Saks Engineering Award

Andrew Saks AwardGranted in 1997 for “outstanding contributions in improving visual accessibility to information via real-time captioning for deaf and hard of hearing Americans.”

This award is particularly meaningful to me because it showed that the captioning products I was designing mattered to the people that really needed them. I’ve been a captioning advocate for a long time, and it’s always felt somewhat abstract. An award like this makes it feel real.

High Plains Book Awards

High Plains finalist plaqueWho Pooped in the Cascades was a finalist in the 2014 High Plains Book Awards. This was the first year that the children’s category was offered.

Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards

Moonbeam silver medalWho Pooped in the Cascades took a silver medal in the 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards.

Profile in Forbes Magazine

Cover of Forbes-2 Aug 1993The Aug 2, 1993 issue of Forbes Magazine featured a profile of me written by Joseph R. Garber. I’m not a fan of the way they described the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and TDCA (Television Decoder Circuitry Act), as I’m a big supporter of both bills. Despite that, I thought the article was a good one.

Teaching Credential

There’s a story on my credential, and stories are probably best told in blog posts. Therefore, I direct you to “Of College Degrees and Teaching Credentials.”


  1. I watched the whole TEDx Bozeman 2014 talk, too, Gary. I’m still at it, postproduction closed-captioning, but mostly transcription. I’ve watched over the decades as transcription services have been outsourced, but when people want quality they know where to go. I thank you for your work that has benefited the deaf community. Incidentally, I acknowledge what would be the benefits to the millions of deaf video video viewers, but you also must know there are millions of video viewers who benefit from CC because their mother tongue is not English, and accurate source (if English) language closed-captioning greatly improves the bot-translation, and yes, I know it usually stinks!
    All the best – Happy Thanksgiving upcoming.
    (typos mines)

  2. Thanks for your suggestions, Gary. In the meantime, I did a bit more research and came across through which I found what seems to be a very good and clearly written captioning style guide: I would be interested to know what you think of it. Maybe it could be used as the standard. Best, Lucy

  3. I just watched your TED Talk on captioning. It was great! I enjoyed it, learned some new things, and appreciate it. I’m working on a project to write a style guide for captioning video clips for an organization that helps people with stress reduction. Would you be able to recommend to me where I could get a style guide for post-production online video captioning–the FCC, the N.A.D., another organization?

    1. Lucy –

      Unfortunately, most of the style guides are proprietary at this point. As much as I’d love to see a general guide, it’s been hard to get competing businesses to cooperate in making one. I took a stab at describing the basics in my book, The Closed Captioning Handbook. Perhaps that would be a good starting point for you. Otherwise, perhaps you could talk to some of the larger captioning agencies that do post-production work (NCI, Vitac, CaptionMax…) and see if any of them might share with you.

      Good luck!

      -=- Gary -=-

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