johnCarmody.com

Web Design + Data + Multimedia

I do it all. If you can describe it, I can build it: database-driven websites and custom WordPress CMS solutions for organizations which need something more than something off the shelf.

Skills

Web development & design; WordPress theming; SEO; interactive maps, charts & graphs; audio & video editing, & more.

Clients

Museums & galleries; law firms; thoroughbred stables; energy companies; pro rock bands, & many others.

Teaching

I am an experienced college professor, teaching courses in diverse departments & academic disciplines.

Projects

Client work, faculty work, experiments, drafts & proofs of concept.

Bio

Aptitude tests in high school reported I was best suited to be a farmer.

Reading

I threw out my TV 23 years ago, leaving plenty of time for reading.

Studio

My work studio is a co-mingling of the obsolete and the cutting edge.

Music

Original songs, compositions & soundscapes I’ve written & recorded over the years.

Video

These are mostly time-lapse experiments – I shot the imagery and composed the soundtracks.

Photography

It took me awhile to go digital – a penultimate apostasy in my book.

News

Recently added content, etc.

Resources

Pertinent articles on dev, design and tech.

Recently Added

The Corcoran Gallery of Art – Interactive Exhibition Kiosk

The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC hired me to build an interactive exhibition kiosk as part of their special exhibition “The American Evolution – A History Through Art“. Displayed prominently in the gallery, this interactive exhibition presented visitors with an educational and entertaining look into 100+ pages from the sketchbooks of German-American master Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902), from which came some of his most famous work.

Interactive Deep-Zoom Image (DZI) Batch Image Processor and Gallery

I recently built a custom PHP- and mySQL-based WordPress automation system for batch image processing and deep-zoom image creation (DZI). Click here to see it in action.
Using open-source JavaScript libraries in the front-end to guide visitors on a pleasing journey through the thousands of images in the collections, this responsive solution also simultaneously automates custom SQL INSERT statements, adding 1,000s of hi-resolution TIF & JPG image records to a database all at once.

AgIS Capital LLC

AgIS Capital LLC is a Boston-based firm that makes opportunistic investments in farmland and private equity investments in farmland-rich enterprises. I delivered AgIS Capital an online identity reflecting the firm’s dedication to perfection based on their insights, knowledge of emerging opportunities within the agricultural investment arena and conceptions of how best to capitalize on them.

LaBokay Natural Resources

LaBokay Natural Resources is a Louisiana investment company that owns mineral rights on 270,000 acres in some of the most productive areas in western Louisiana, exclusively focused on leasing oil and gas rights for exploration and development by others. I delivered an online identity highlighting LaBokay’s success in realizing the full potential of its oil and gas assets.

Organizing For Innovation

I recently completed this site for a client specializing in innovation management. I delivered an elegant corporate identity and strategic blueprint for furthering the client’s strategy, message and goals. This solution is RWD, built with a 100% custom Bootstrap theme in Wordpress and is a complete content management system – the client can easily update 98% of the site’s content 24/7/365.

Vietnam Photography

Journalist Robert Hodierne covered the Vietnam war from the DMZ in the north to the Mekong Delta in the south, from the Central Highlands to the coastal plains, photographing soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen & civilians caught up in the war. I was hired to build a database-driven showcase of his work. Using mySQL and PHP, I delivered a dynamic photography site which allows visitors to view the combat imagery by keywords, text, dates, series and units.

Design, Content Portability & the Information Hierarchy

There are many ways to say the same thing. I designed and coded these examples for my students to demonstrate the idea of “portability of content”, to get them thinking about the information hierarchy and simultaneous uses of data in layout design. For each design, there are the same 7 sections in the information hierarchy. The HTML in each of these designs is 100% the same – all that changes is the CSS.

Interactive Temporal Map, Family Journeys, 1730 – 1960

Part of a multimedia genealogy project, this interactive temporal map shows residence and migration patterns of ancestors from Europe in the 1730s to America starting in the 1820s. This database-driven solution is built with CartoDB, Leaflet, Google WSK, PHP, mySQL, JavaScript, JSON & CSV.

Interactive Map: Ireland 1850 Census > Family Households by Parish

This interactive map shows where people of specific surnames lived in Ireland in the 19th century, according to parish records. I scraped a static dataset from the Irish Times website, and built a much more interesting way to view the same information, with additional insights provided by clustering of semi-opaque colored markers. The dataset has 4 pieces of information: latitude, longitude, name of parish and number of family surnames in that parish.

Interactive Fact Sheet with Dynamic Data

This project is part of a PHP plugin experiment I wrote for generating interactive charts and graphs as well as formatted content, notes & sources on the fly. It uses custom JavaScript, Bootstrap, PHP, mySQL & HighCharts. The idea was to create a flexible mechanism for displaying multiple types of dynamic data from .JSON and .CSV files in a small amount of screen real estate. Plus it’s a nice typographical treatment, and the information hierarchy is just right.

Interactive Rubik’s Cube: Maps of Old Washington DC

I used a collection of old maps of Washington DC for this Rubiks Cube code experiment from Google Chrome Labs. It would seem to make the game exponentially harder, especially if one does not know old Washington DC.

Interactive MP3 Player With Animated SVG Kaleidoscopic Logo

I digitized and remastered a collection of my great-grandfather’s 78rpm Victrola records, many of which date back a hundred years or more. I then built this mp3 player which features CSS3 transformations and custom JavaScript combining to create a beautiful experimental kaleidoscopic SVG-animated logo. Refresh the page to see subtle variations in the pattern.

Gonzaga College High School Archives

I was part of a small select team granted access to the archives of Gonzaga College High School in Washington DC, to organize and evaluate the school’s large and historic collections and artifacts. Dating to Gonzaga’s start in 1821, the archives include relics and remnants of Gonzaga, Notre Dame Academy, St. Aloysius Parish, the Swampoodle and Sursum Corda neighborhoods and old Washington DC before, during and after the Civil War.

Resolution No. One

ORIGINAL VIDEO: When I constructed this piece I was Influenced by Salvador Dali, Man Ray, Edward Hopper, The Who & others. Resolution No. One reflects brooding mood and intensity, solitude and anonymity. Listen closely to the soundscape: all the water, wind & bird sounds are signals from shortwave and pirate radio stations. (Photography + soundtrack © John Carmody)

Goodbye My Baby

ORIGINAL SONG: People of a certain fortunate generation grew up idolizing the guitar riff and guitar solo. This song is a reflection of that. A power-pop rocker, “Goodbye My Baby”  is performed here by one of my bands, The Revellaires. (words/music © John Carmody, Washington, DC).

Some Client Highlights

The Corcoran Gallery of Art – Interactive Exhibition Kiosk

The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC hired me to build an interactive exhibition kiosk as part of their special exhibition “The American Evolution – A History Through Art“. Displayed prominently in the gallery, this interactive exhibition presented visitors with an educational and entertaining look into 100+ pages from the sketchbooks of German-American master Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902), from which came some of his most famous work.

AgIS Capital LLC

AgIS Capital LLC is a Boston-based firm that makes opportunistic investments in farmland and private equity investments in farmland-rich enterprises. I delivered AgIS Capital an online identity reflecting the firm’s dedication to perfection based on their insights, knowledge of emerging opportunities within the agricultural investment arena and conceptions of how best to capitalize on them.

LaBokay Natural Resources

LaBokay Natural Resources is a Louisiana investment company that owns mineral rights on 270,000 acres in some of the most productive areas in western Louisiana, exclusively focused on leasing oil and gas rights for exploration and development by others. I delivered an online identity highlighting LaBokay’s success in realizing the full potential of its oil and gas assets.

Organizing For Innovation

I recently completed this site for a client specializing in innovation management. I delivered an elegant corporate identity and strategic blueprint for furthering the client’s strategy, message and goals. This solution is RWD, built with a 100% custom Bootstrap theme in Wordpress and is a complete content management system – the client can easily update 98% of the site’s content 24/7/365.

Vietnam Photography

Journalist Robert Hodierne covered the Vietnam war from the DMZ in the north to the Mekong Delta in the south, from the Central Highlands to the coastal plains, photographing soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen & civilians caught up in the war. I was hired to build a database-driven showcase of his work. Using mySQL and PHP, I delivered a dynamic photography site which allows visitors to view the combat imagery by keywords, text, dates, series and units.

Siena Farm Thoroughbred Stables

Siena Farm Thoroughbred Stables is a Kentucky-based thoroughbred horse racing stable dedicated to breeding world-class winners. I built Siena Farm a site to set the stable apart from its global competitors with a sophisticated in-depth level of technical data, showcasing the farm and individual horses.

Louise Nevelson Foundation

Louise Nevelson (1899 – 1988) was an American sculptor known for “her monumental, monochromatic, wooden wall pieces and outdoor sculptures.” (wikipedia) I delivered this elegant website for the foundation dedicated to her life and work.

The American Gaming Association

The American Gaming Association represents the commercial casino entertainment industry by addressing federal legislative and regulatory issues affecting its members and their employees and customers, such as federal taxation, Internet gambling, and travel and tourism matters. I was hired to design and build the AGA a custom database-driven contact management system and communications repository. With both internal- and public-facing content, the AGA needed a secure way to keep all staff up to date on the latest communications and pertinent news stories related to the gaming industry. This I provided.

American Bankers Association

The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $14 trillion banking industry. I was hired to build for the ABA PHP-mySQL dynamic brochures for their subscribers – mostly large and small banks. Back before the day of the content management system, member banks could log in to the platform I wrote, update any of their info on pertinent matters of the day (Phishing, Identity Theft, etc.), and have custom brochures dynamically generated with their custom info and branding for web and print collateral.

Some Project Highlights

Interactive Deep-Zoom Image (DZI) Batch Image Processor and Gallery

I recently built a custom PHP- and mySQL-based WordPress automation system for batch image processing and deep-zoom image creation (DZI). Click here to see it in action.
Using open-source JavaScript libraries in the front-end to guide visitors on a pleasing journey through the thousands of images in the collections, this responsive solution also simultaneously automates custom SQL INSERT statements, adding 1,000s of hi-resolution TIF & JPG image records to a database all at once.

Design, Content Portability & the Information Hierarchy

There are many ways to say the same thing. I designed and coded these examples for my students to demonstrate the idea of “portability of content”, to get them thinking about the information hierarchy and simultaneous uses of data in layout design. For each design, there are the same 7 sections in the information hierarchy. The HTML in each of these designs is 100% the same – all that changes is the CSS.

Interactive Temporal Map, Family Journeys, 1730 – 1960

Part of a multimedia genealogy project, this interactive temporal map shows residence and migration patterns of ancestors from Europe in the 1730s to America starting in the 1820s. This database-driven solution is built with CartoDB, Leaflet, Google WSK, PHP, mySQL, JavaScript, JSON & CSV.

Interactive Map: Ireland 1850 Census > Family Households by Parish

This interactive map shows where people of specific surnames lived in Ireland in the 19th century, according to parish records. I scraped a static dataset from the Irish Times website, and built a much more interesting way to view the same information, with additional insights provided by clustering of semi-opaque colored markers. The dataset has 4 pieces of information: latitude, longitude, name of parish and number of family surnames in that parish.

Interactive Fact Sheet with Dynamic Data

This project is part of a PHP plugin experiment I wrote for generating interactive charts and graphs as well as formatted content, notes & sources on the fly. It uses custom JavaScript, Bootstrap, PHP, mySQL & HighCharts. The idea was to create a flexible mechanism for displaying multiple types of dynamic data from .JSON and .CSV files in a small amount of screen real estate. Plus it’s a nice typographical treatment, and the information hierarchy is just right.

Interactive Rubik’s Cube: Maps of Old Washington DC

I used a collection of old maps of Washington DC for this Rubiks Cube code experiment from Google Chrome Labs. It would seem to make the game exponentially harder, especially if one does not know old Washington DC.

Interactive MP3 Player With Animated SVG Kaleidoscopic Logo

I digitized and remastered a collection of my great-grandfather’s 78rpm Victrola records, many of which date back a hundred years or more. I then built this mp3 player which features CSS3 transformations and custom JavaScript combining to create a beautiful experimental kaleidoscopic SVG-animated logo. Refresh the page to see subtle variations in the pattern.

Gonzaga College High School Archives

I was part of a small select team granted access to the archives of Gonzaga College High School in Washington DC, to organize and evaluate the school’s large and historic collections and artifacts. Dating to Gonzaga’s start in 1821, the archives include relics and remnants of Gonzaga, Notre Dame Academy, St. Aloysius Parish, the Swampoodle and Sursum Corda neighborhoods and old Washington DC before, during and after the Civil War.

Interactive: Image Gallery Photowall

Inspired by the fireflies in my backyard, this experimental responsive gallery uses JavaScript; AJAX; Isotope & Bootstrap to serve up samples of my photography. Picture this as a very large horizontal or vertical interactive screen, with all content animating in the DOM, where you can filter and interact with it.

Interactive Genealogy Exhibition & Archives

This is a feature-rich genealogy web app w/interactive family trees; digital maps; galleries; timelines; digitized 8mm home movies; restored 78rpm records; national & regional census records; ship manifests; detailed research findings, and much more. This high-end secure CMS solution uses the latest and greatest, scales to any size (screen, data-set and audience) and is entertaining and educational. It ports simultaneously to a smart phone and a smart surface, making it ideal for interactive exhibitions.

JavaScript Count-Down Timer with Full Page Map

Happy 150th Birthday, Cornelius J. Carmody!

One of my great grandfathers had his sesquicentennial birthday recently, so I whipped up this interactive prototype as part of my family genealogy project, to share with relatives and others.The back-end pulls out the personal data, then the front-end creates a full-screen map centered on the person’s home town, while a count-down timer animates to the scheduled event.This responsive solution uses Javascript, PHP, mySQL, CSS3 and Google Maps APIv3.

Interactive Map Tour of Tenleytown, DC

This interactive map tour through historic Tenleytown in Washington, DC uses ESRI and ArcGIS to serve up a responsive, educational map of razed residences and stores.

(Real) Books Read: Dynamic literary charts & lists

Proof of concept interactive dashboard w/a single dataset to display statistics of the last several years’ worth of completed books. Not only does it give insight into reading habits over time, it features a sleek & responsive UI with a color-coded filtering system to see subsets of the data, all happening live in the DOM. It is custom-built with Bootstrap3, mySQL, PHP, jQuery, Isotope, CSS3, HighCharts, HighStocks, and miscellaneous JavaScript libraries.

HTML5 JS Animation w/Greensock GSAP + CSS3 Transforms

This 30-second animation uses a suite of animation tools + custom scripting to tell a story with dynamic database-driven content. This uses JavaScript, Greensock GSAP, CSS3, PHP, mySQL, jQuery UI and HTML5. No Flash.

Responsive Audio + Video Player

Did you know that I used to be a songwriter & musician? Here I am using Isotope, Bootstrap, jQuery, PHP, mySQL, CSS3 and the Vimeo API to serve up my original music and video projects with a modern, responsive typographic UI.

Original Music

Goodbye My Baby

ORIGINAL SONG: People of a certain fortunate generation grew up idolizing the guitar riff and guitar solo. This song is a reflection of that. A power-pop rocker, “Goodbye My Baby”  is performed here by one of my bands, The Revellaires. (words/music © John Carmody, Washington, DC).

I Really Didn’t Mean It!

SONG – When I wrote “I Really Didn’t Mean It!”, I was thinking of a ‘Buck Owens meets the Rolling Stones in 1965 with the drummer from Blondie’ kind-of-thing. This song was performed by one of my bands, The Revellaires – words + music (c) John Carmody

The Lady Vanishes

“The Lady Vanishes” combines dynamic sampling and a high-octane performance engineered & mixed with a fierce attitude. This instrumental was influenced a lot by the Stone Temple Pilots, Soul Coughing & Cheap Trick. Here it’s performed by one of my bands, Down With Meyers. This version is a live take – play it loud.

Mary What’s Her Name

A pretty song written by me for Mother’s Day. It’s in 3/4, 4/4 and 5/4, and was influenced by the Beatles, Grant-Lee Philips and Simon & Garfunkel. I played all the instruments except the drums (John Orem.)

Olde Town Crier

This song was influenced a lot by Supergrass, ELO & later-career Beatles. The cello section (for 3 parts) was composed and arranged by me. “Olde Town Crier” is performed here by one of my bands, Down With Meyers.

A Real Moral Let-Down

When I wrote “A Real Moral Let-Down”, I was listening to a lot of Louis Jordan, the La’s and Social Distortion. It’s performed here by one of my bands, Casey’s Brain, and features a couple of smoking guitar solos backed with a tight rhythm section and a girl singer.

Mailbox

A pretty waltz I came up with in a moment of bleakness. I wrote the words & music and composed & arranged the string quartet. “Mailbox” is performed here by one of my bands, Casey’s Brain.

I Still Remember My TV

I gave up TV in 1992. Living without the extensions of modern media garbage is a luxury I urge you to embrace. This video combines physics, dissatisfaction and insanity to represent how those who’ve not yet pulled the plug are utterly wasting their lives. I wrote and played all the instruments except for the drums and cello, and built the samples,

dogHeaven

Audio Collage – “dogHeaven” is a black-humor’d live take on Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial, with Stalinist show-trial overtones and a groovy exotic beat. I played all the instruments except the drums (John Orem) and built all the samples.

Original Video

Resolution No. One

ORIGINAL VIDEO: When I constructed this piece I was Influenced by Salvador Dali, Man Ray, Edward Hopper, The Who & others. Resolution No. One reflects brooding mood and intensity, solitude and anonymity. Listen closely to the soundscape: all the water, wind & bird sounds are signals from shortwave and pirate radio stations. (Photography + soundtrack © John Carmody)

Time-Lapse Fourth of July – the Grand Old Flag

Happy Fourth of July! Please enjoy this video short on the proper care and nurturing of the U.S. flag, in luxurious time-lapse. Video © John Carmody. “You’re A Grand Old Flag” by George M. Cohan, 1933, “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa (turn on your speakers.)

The Arms of Venus

Time-Lapse experiments shot mostly in my studio, mostly found moments from x-ray vision to the dancing bat. Soundtrack song was written by me & performed by one of my bands – turn it up loud: there is a smoking guitar solo.

The 2013 Gonzaga Carmody Open in About a Minute

A time-lapsed treatment of the 29th annual Gonzaga College High School Carmody Open – October 6, 2013. The Carmody Open is a 501(c)3 organization designed to raise scholarship funds for fatherless boys to attend Gonzaga College High School in the District. About to begin its 4th decade, the annual Carmody Open Golf Tournament has raised scholarship funds in excess of $1.3 million dollars.

Turn on your speakers.

The Secret of Happiness and Virtue

Time lapse experiments in/around Washington, Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Ground Zero, NYC. Turn on your speakers. Look for hints of French impressionism, Soviet constructivism, American pop art, Japanese Imperialist re-education and the global surveillance state.

It Might As Well Be Spring

This is time lapse video of the start of the first Washington DC blizzard in February 2010, shot in upper NW around midnight…This was in the first couple hours of the storm, we knew it would be big, did not know another storm was right behind it…

The Sugar Dance

Electric Neon Go Go Girls Make A Break For It…This is happened-upon footage I shot during a college football game.

Nothing Is Mundane

18 days and nights in the life of my front porch… I used a cheap infra-red surveillance camera to automatically shoot and upload motionDetected imagery to my server…then I created this spontaneous timeLapse of frontPorch so-called “mundanities”…no video/motion…10,000+ lo-res images.

Anti War Protest – Washington

These are scenes from a war protest here in the District. This particular event featured participants both pro- and anti-war, much bitterness emerged quickly on all fronts…

Greatness Comes In Simple Trappings

The US flag, in the background and unwatched at an art show…I was at DC Art-O-Matic and saw a whole lot of good and bad work, but a flag off to the side and outside caught my attention. So much of the USA is going down the drain – people get crasser, stupider and more foolish and continue chipping away at national and individual dignity…listen to the words of the speakers, be mesmerized by more than the flag’s waves….these are good words on the state of the union…

Introduction to Obsolete Media

Intro to a lecture for an Art History class I taught at the Corcoran College of Art + Design: Digital Media Culture. I put together coverage of the 1937 Hindenburg disaster using obsolete media to fuel the discussion: “How will we communicate 75 years from now? To what extent will contemporary modern media be extant then?”

I Still Remember My TV

I gave up TV in 1992. Living without the extensions of modern media garbage is a luxury I urge you to embrace. This video combines physics, dissatisfaction and insanity to represent how those who’ve not yet pulled the plug are utterly wasting their lives. I wrote and played all the instruments except for the drums and cello, and built the samples,

Original Photography

Original Photography: Black and White

The majority of these were taken on an old 35mm Pentax camera. All imagery © John Carmody, Washington, D.C.

Original Photography: Washington DC

Usually I carry a camera or other recording device with me around Washington, D.C. All photographs © John Carmody, Washington, D.C.

Original Photography: Nature

Miscellaneous shots of flora and fauna. Photography © John Carmody, Washington, D.C.

Original Photography: Portraits

Family, friends and strangers, some pictures just take themselves. All photographs © John Carmody, Washington, D.C.

Original Photography: My Studio

Most of these images are from a Washington Post Magazine feature. Photos © David C. Kennedy, the Washington Post.
The rest? © John Carmody, Washington, D.C.

Original Photography: Kitchen Sink

A miscellaneous collection of old and new images. The photograph above is right out of the camera, no Photoshop, filters, special lens or anything. All photographs © John Carmody, Washington, D.C.

College and University Courses Taught

  1. Art History
    Digital Media Culture
  2. New Media Photojournalism
    Graduate Studies: Documentary Audio Production
  3. New Media Photojournalism
    Graduate Thesis: Directed Study
  4. New Media Photojournalism
    Senior Thesis: Directed Study
  5. Interactive Media Design
    Senior Thesis: Digital Media Design IV
  6. Interactive Media Design
    Junior Studio Core: Digital Media Design III
  7. Interactive Media Design
    Interactive Web Design II
  8. Interactive Media Design
    Interactive Web Design I
  9. Interactive Media Design
    Sound Design
  10. Interactive Media Design
    Audio Production & Design
  11. Interactive Media Design
    Video Art w/Final Cut Pro
  12. Interactive Media Design
    Flash Animation on the Web
  13. Interactive Media Design
    Intro to Web Design & Flash
  14. Interactive Media Design
    Intro to Dreamweaver
  15. Interactive Media Design
    Intro to Flash
  16. Graphic Design
    Junior Studio Core: Graphic Design III
  17. Graphic Design
    Web Design For Print Professionals
  18. Information Design
    Transitioning fron Print to Web Publishing
  19. Information Design
    A Foundation in Web Publishing Tools

Lecture Audiences

  • The National Press Foundation
  • The United States Government Accountability Office (USGAO)
  • Judge, The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition

Recent Resources

Books Read, 2015

  1. A Detailed Analysis of the Constitution
    Edward F. Cooke
    1958 - Law
  2. Paterson
    Volumes I - V
    William Carlos Williams
    1946 - Poetry
  3. Art & Physics
    Parallel Visions in Space, Time and Light
    Leonard Schlain
    1991 - Physics & Mathematics
  4. The Story of a Bad Boy
    Thomas Bailey Aldrich
    1870 - Biography
  5. Independence Day
    Richard Ford
    1995 - Literature
  6. The Spectator Bird
    Wallace Stegner
    1976 - Literature
  7. O Pioneers!
    Willa Cather
    1913 - Literature
  8. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
    Harriet Jacobs
    1861 - Biography
  9. White Mule
    William Carlos Williams
    1937 - Fiction
  10. The Haldeman Diaries
    Inside The Nixon White House
    H.R. Haldeman
    1993 - History
  11. The Time Machine
    H.G. Wells
    1895 - Fiction
  12. Travels With Charley
    John Steinbeck
    1962 - Literature
  13. John Barleycorn
    Or, Alcoholic Memoirs
    Jack London
    1913 - Literature
  14. Law and the Nation
    1865 - 1912
    Jonathan Lurie
    1983 - Law
  15. One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn
    1963 - Literature
  16. That Man
    An Insider's Portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt
    Robert H. Jackson
    1954 - Biography
  17. Harlot's Ghost
    Norman Mailer
    1991 - Fiction
  18. Looking Backward
    Edward Bellamy
    1888 - Literature
  19. Equus
    Peter Shaffer
    1973 - Drama
  20. Seven Plays
    Sam Shephard
    1981 - Drama
  21. Days of Wine and Roses
    David Westheimer
    1962 - Fiction
  22. A People's History of the United States
    Howard Zinn
    1992 - History
  23. The Autobiography of Joseph Stalin
    Richard Lourie
    1999 - Fiction

Click here for the Big List of finished books, 2010-2015.

I threw out my TV 23 years ago.

This leaves plenty of time for reading - check out the web app experiment I built: Interactive Reading Trends. This experiment displays statistics regarding the books I have finished reading since 2010. (That is real books, by the way, nothing device-based whatsoever.)

Not only does it give insight into reading habits over time, it features a sleek & responsive UI with a color-coded filtering system to see subsets of the data, all animating live in the DOM. It uses Isotope, custom PHP and mySQL, High Charts API and some interesting jQuery libraries.