johncarmody.com ★ Full Stack Development + Interactive Design + Teaching ★ Sculpting Order From Chaos
Sculpting Order From Chaos
★ johncarmody.com Full Stack Development + Interactive Design + Teaching
My career has taken me... from managing a software store to database systems manager to network administrator to network emergency response technician to manager of information systems to web master to web developer to web designer to university professor.
What’s common to all these skills & roles? Data management and design – the constant in all the information revolutions since Gutenberg.
Just look at this page from top to bottom for a sample of all the creative things I do in the realms of physical & digital media.
If you can describe it, I can build it and teach it: custom WordPress dev + data-driven interactive solutions for organizations which need something more than something off the shelf.
The sweet spot, that is, between development, design and data - that's where I work and reside.
Helping organizations & schools emerge from outdated systems, practices and standards is a specialty. Contact me to see how you and your students can get exactly what you want.
email: information (at) johncarmody (dot) net
Museums & galleries; foundations; law firms; journalists; restaurants; thoroughbred stables; energy companies; pro rock bands, & many others.
Interactive web dev; graphic design; A/V post-production; book design; animation; art history; many more. Adjunct Professor at George Washington University and Montgomery College.
WordPress dev; interactive web design; project management; new media storytelling with data-driven maps, charts, galleries & timelines; audio & video editing; much more.
Upon being expelled in December of senior year I became a high school drop-out; before that, aptitude tests reported I was best suited to be a farmer.
I threw out my television more than
25 years ago, which leaves me plenty of time for reading.
My work studio is a co-mingling of the obsolete and the cutting edge, a regular Collyer Mansion for the modern man.
It took me awhile to go digital – a penultimate apostasy in my book. Want to see what I can do with a crummy camera?
I cannot read or write a note of music — I taught myself by ear to play different instruments & write songs in sundry styles & genres.
These are mostly time-lapse experiments – I shot the imagery and composed and performed the soundtracks.
Recent additions to this site: web projects, design projects, photo galleries, original music & video — you name it.
An archive of articles which tie into the web projects I build, the university courses I teach and the lecture audiences I address.
Can You Solve
“The Great Wall of Music”?
SOME CLIENT, FACULTY & PERSONAL WORK
Working with clients of all sizes, I am highly skilled at creating custom database-driven interactive solutions using WordPress, PHP, mySQL, jQuery, AJAX & Bootstrap. Database management is a specialty.
Most people in my field do web development *or* web design – I do both back- and front-end. I am well-versed in creating innovative applications serving up API-driven rich content from Scribd, Flickr, SoundCloud, YouTube, Twitter, Google Custom Search, Disqus, Wufoo and others.
I specialize in creating interactive storytelling experiences through integrating custom programming and open-source APIs in WordPress
Media Arts & Technologies: Fundamentals of Graphic Design, II
Media Arts & Technologies: Professional Website Development
Media Arts & Technologies: Web Portfolio (Capstone Course) George Washington University
Graphic Design: Layout and Design of the Book
Digital Media Design: Frame-By-Frame Animation
Digital Media Design: Interactive Web Design I
The Corcoran College of Art + Design
Art History: Digital Media Culture
Graphic Design: Junior Studio Core, Graphic Design III
New Media Photojournalism: Graduate Program, Audio Production: Speed of Sound
New Media Photojournalism: Graduate Thesis, Directed Study
New Media Photojournalism: Senior Thesis, Directed Study
Digital Media Design: Senior Thesis, Digital Media Design IV
Digital Media Design: Junior Studio Core, Digital Media Design III
Digital Media Design: Interactive Web Design II
Digital Media Design: Interactive Web Design I
Digital Media Design: Sound Design
Digital Media Design: Flash Animation
The Catholic University of America
Interactive Media Design: Audio Production & Design
Interactive Media Design: Video Art w/Final Cut Pro
Interactive Media Design: Intro to Dreamweaver
Interactive Media Design: Intro to Flash
Seminar Presentation – the National Press Foundation Information Design: A Foundation in Web Publishing Tools Seminar Presentations – US General Accounting Office Graphic Design: Web Design For Print Professionals Information Design: Transitioning from Print to Web Publishing
Some Of My Custom Designs @ TEEPUBLIC
Custom Face Mask Designs, Too
SOME OF MY ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS
I cannot read or write a note of music.
I taught myself by ear to play numerous instruments and write & arrange words, music and melodies into songs.
This is a small sampling of original songs, audio collages, time-lapse videos and photography I’ve composed, recorded, shot and otherwise created over the years.
This includes musical work I composed for instruments I cannot play (violin, cello, piano, baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone, others.)
I played in a lot of bands, made recordings, saw some parts of the USA that whet my appetite for travel seen through the windows of a band van.
All words | music | arrangements | videos | photography copyright John Carmody, Washington DC © 2020
Original Song: “I Really Didn't Mean It”
When I wrote “I Really Didn’t Mean It”, I was thinking of a
'Buck Owens backed by the Stones in '65 with the drummer from Blondie ' kind-of-thing, with a bouncy Buddy Holly-type guitar solo too.
This song was performed here by one of my 1st bands, The Revellaires, released on Top Records. Play it loud. Sing along.
. >> Send it to your friends, make 'em feel better
Words + Music © John Carmody.
Original Video: “RESOLUTION NO. ONE”
“Resolution No. One” was influenced by Salvador Dali, Man Ray, Edward Hopper and The Who.
The goal was to create something that reflected brooding mood and intensity, solitude and anonymity. I wanted to shoot and edit time-lapse footage with people and animals and nature.
Listen closely to the soundscape I built for it – all the water, wind & bird sounds are signals from shortwave and pirate radio stations.
Photography + Audio © John Carmody.
Examples Of My Photography
All You Need To Know About Me
I went and pulled the plug more than 25 years ago, as an experiment in essential living.
Since 1992 I have been studying American heritage while living a pop culture hermitage.
That means: no TV, no Facebook, no Twitter, no Instagram, no texting, no celebrities, no sports, no video games, no crummy music, no credit cards, no debt, no logos, no smart phone, no trends…
You get the idea.
Books Read, 2020: 39 Rabbit At Rest 1990 - Fiction Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe 2015 - Physics Chicago: City On The Make 1951 - Literature Picasso 1938 - Art & Design Ironweed 1983 - Fiction Some Faces In The Crowd Short Stories, 1938-1953 1953 - Fiction John Brown The Making of a Martyr 1928 - Biography Let Me Be Frank With You 2014 - Fiction The Mind Of God The Scientific Basis For A Rational World 1992 - Philosophy & Religion The Man Who Knew Coolidge Being the Soul of Lowell Schmaltz, Constructive and Nordic Citizen 1928 - Literature The Conquerors Roosevelt, Truman & the Destruction of Hitler's Germany 2002 - History Strategies For Winning A Top Football Coach's Game Plan for Victory 1990 - Sports Notes From Underground 1864 - Literature Jack Benny An Intimate Biography 1976 - Biography The Names 1982 - Fiction World’s Fair 1985 - Fiction A Michener Miscellany 1950-1970 1973 - Non-Fiction Street Without Joy The French Debacle In Indochina 1964 - History Judgment Day 1935 - Literature “The Good War” An Oral History Of World War II 1984 - History Angle of Repose 1971 - Literature Until The End Of Time Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe 2020 - Physics Rabbit Is Rich 1981 - Fiction Goodbye, Columbus And Five Short Stories 1959 - Literature Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance An Inquiry Into Values 1974 - Non-Fiction For Our Beloved Country American War Diaries from the Revolution to the Persian Gulf 1994 - Journals & Letters Titus Andronicus 1588 - Drama & Screenplay Civil Disobedience 1849 - Literature The Pit A Story of Chicago 1903 - Literature A Reporter’s Life 1996 - Biography Maggie: A Girl of the Streets And Selected Stories 1893 - Literature The Irish Way Becoming American In The Multiethnic City 2012 - History The Fifth Column Stories of the Spanish Civil War 1938 - Drama & Screenplay Rabbit Redux 1971 - Literature Women With Men 1997 - Literature The Supreme Court 1987 - Law An American Dream 1964 - Fiction The Saddest Summer of Samuel S 1966 - Fiction House Of Meetings 2006 - Fiction Books Read, 2019: 41 Neuroplasticity How Our Brains Change In Response To Our Actions 2016 - Physics The Wars of Watergate The Last Crisis of Richard Nixon 1990 - History Counterblast 1969 - Communication Theory Rome At War AD 293 - 696 2002 - History Tortilla Flat 1935 - Fiction Blood Meridian Or the Evening Redness in the West 1985 - Literature Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game 1978 - Fiction All Those Mornings At The Post The 20th Century In Sports 2005 - Journalism White Trash 2001 - Fiction Daddy’s Boy A Son's Shocking Account of Life with a Famous Father 1989 - Humor Plan of Attack The Definitive Account of the Decision to Invade Iraq 2004 - Journalism Tried By War Abraham Lincoln As Commander In Chief 2008 - History Cruising Paradise Tales, 1989-1995 1996 - Literature Elmer Gantry 1927 - Literature A Lost Lady 1923 - Fiction Six Crises 1962 - Government & Political Science The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan 1934 - Literature The Python Years Diaries, 1969-1979 2006 - Journals & Letters Call If You Need Me Uncollected Fiction & Other Prose 2001 - Literature Flight of the Eagle The Grand Strategies that Brought America from Colonial Dependence to World Leadership 2013 - History Who I Am 2012 - Biography No Country For Old Men 2005 - Fiction The Essential Groucho Writings By, For, and About Groucho Marx 2000 - Humor Rabbit, Run 1960 - Literature Our Gang 1971 - Literature O Albany! 1983 - History Of Mice And Men 1937 - Literature The 42nd Parallel 1930 - Literature Sex, Time and Power How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution 2003 - Physics Billy Bathgate 1989 - Fiction In Review Pictures I've Kept 1969 - History The Red Badge of Courage And Other Stories 1895 - Literature Deliverance 1970 - Fiction Main Street 1920 - Literature Thirteen Days A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis 1967 - History To Chain The Dog Of War The War Power of Congress in History and Law 1986 - Law The Killer Angels 1974 - Fiction Haircut & Other Stories 1922 - Fiction Babe: The Life of Oliver Hardy 1989 - Biography The Lay of the Land 2006 - Literature The Journals of Lewis & Clark 1807 - Journals & Letters Books Read, 2016: 37 The Gutenberg Galaxy The Making of Typographic Man 1962 - Communication Theory Longitude 1995 - History Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? 1968 - Fiction Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo 1943 - History On The Beach 1957 - Fiction Thinking With Type A Critical Guide 2004 - Art & Design The Wayward Bus 1947 - Literature Crossing To Safety 1987 - Literature Off The Record With FDR The War Years 1942-1945 1958 - History Specifications Grading Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students & Saving Faculty Time 2015 - Education Finale The Reagan Years 2015 - Fiction The Bell Jar 1963 - Fiction The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin 1793 - Biography The Big Picture On the Origins of Life, Meaning & the Universe Itself 2016 - Physics Six Amendments How and Why We Should Change the Constitution 2014 - Law Death of a Salesman 1949 - Drama & Screenplay Notes From A Dead House 1862 - Literature Real Peace 1984 - Government & Political Science Stars In Their Courses The Gettysburg Campaign, June-July 1863 1963 - History Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 1973 - Journalism Zero K 2016 - Fiction The Johnstown Flood The Story Behind The 1889 Disaster 1968 - History A Walk on the Wild Side 1956 - Fiction The Jungle 1906 - Literature Working People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do 1974 - History Hells Angels The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs 1966 - Journalism Babbit 1922 - Fiction Don’t Wait for the Next War A Strategy for American Growth and Global Leadership 2014 - Government & Political Science Here, There and Everywhere My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles 2006 - Biography Sound Man A Life Recording Hits with The Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin 2014 - Biography Waiting For Lefty And Other Plays 1937 - Drama & Screenplay The Big Rock Candy Mountain 1943 - Literature Voices From Chernobyl The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster 1997 - Literature The Executioner’s Song 1979 - Fiction Claudius The God And His Wife Messalina 1935 - Literature The Imperial Presidency 1973 - History Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey 1840-1870 1992 - History Books Read, 2015: 34 Harpo Speaks…About New York 1961 - Biography Not Too Old To Cut The Mustard Jumping Bill Carlisle & Friends Talk About His Life & the Country Music Business 2000 - Biography The Prank The Best of Young Chekhov (1880-1882) 2015 - Literature Polk The Man who Transformed the Presidency and America 2008 - History A Study In Scarlet 1878 - Fiction The Bridge of San Luis Rey 1928 - Literature In The Wake of the Plague The Black Death & the World it Made 2001 - History All Quiet on the Western Front 1928 - Literature Libra 1988 - Fiction Requiem For A Dream 1978 - Fiction Notes on the Death of Culture Essays on Spectacle and Society 2012 - Sociology & Culture A Detailed Analysis of the Constitution 1958 - Law Paterson Volumes I - V 1946 - Poetry Art & Physics Parallel Visions in Space, Time and Light 1991 - Physics The Story of a Bad Boy 1870 - Biography Independence Day 1995 - Literature The Spectator Bird 1976 - Literature O Pioneers! 1913 - Literature Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl 1861 - Biography White Mule 1937 - Fiction The Time Machine 1895 - Fiction The Haldeman Diaries Inside The Nixon White House 1993 - History Travels With Charley 1962 - Literature John Barleycorn Or, Alcoholic Memoirs 1913 - Literature Law and the Nation 1865 - 1912 1983 - Law Days of Wine and Roses 1962 - Fiction One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich 1963 - Literature That Man An Insider's Portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt 1954 - Biography Harlot’s Ghost 1991 - Fiction Looking Backward 1888 - Literature Equus 1973 - Drama & Screenplay Seven Plays 1981 - Drama & Screenplay A People’s History of the United States 1992 - History The Autobiography of Joseph Stalin 1999 - Fiction
Books Read, 2012: 38 American Nations A History of the 11 Rival Regional Cultures of North America 2011 - History Narcopolis 2012 - Fiction Escape From Camp 14 One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West 2012 - Non-Fiction Citizen Soldier A LIfe of Harry S Truman 2012 - Biography Visual Strategies For Scientists & Engineers 2012 - Art & Design A Farewell To Arms 1929 - Literature Cities of the Plain 1998 - Literature Swamplandia 2011 - Fiction Midnight Rising John Brown & the Raid that Sparked the Civil War 2011 - History Envisioning Information 1990 - Art & Design Washington, D.C. A Novel 1967 - Fiction Lionel Asbo State of England 2012 - Fiction Where’d You Go, Bernadette 2012 - Fiction The Counterlife 1986 - Fiction Complete Stories 1943 - 1982 2004 - Literature American Diplomacy 1952 - Government & Political Science Logavina Street Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood 1996 - Non-Fiction The Dictator’s Learning Curve Inside the Global Battle for Democracy 2012 - Government & Political Science Canada 2012 - Fiction The Education of a Typographer 2004 - Art & Design The Corrections 2001 - Fiction Page One Inside the New York Times & the Future of Journalism 2011 - Journalism Mao II 1991 - Literature A Visit from the Goon Squad 2010 - Fiction The Years of Lyndon Johnson The Passage of Power 2012 - History Grouped How Groups of Friends Influence the Social Web 2012 - Sociology & Culture The Angel Esmeralda Nine Stories 2011 - Fiction One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest 1962 - Literature The Best American Science Writing 2010 - Physics Watergate A Novel 2011 - Fiction The Design of Everyday Things 1988 - Art & Design Satan Is Real The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers 2011 - Biography The Cleanest Race How North Koreans See Themselves 2011 - Non-Fiction The Long Goodbye 1953 - Fiction The Orphan Master’s Son A Novel 2012 - Fiction Sound Reporting The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Production 2008 - Journalism The Hidden Reality Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos 2011 - Physics Reclaiming Fair Use How To Put Balance Back In Copyright 2011 - Law
413 Books Read between. January 2010 & October 2020
1 book every 9.57 days or 3.18 books a month for 10.83 years.
Every title on this list is a 100% genuine book, of course:
not one was consumed on a device.
Average year of publication?
1958. What Do I Read?
for the big list of books. Click here
Aptitude tests in high school reported I was best suited to be a farmer.
Expelled my senior year from Gonzaga College High School in Washington, I was a high school drop-out for awhile, living the life of a musician, playing shows and trying to get my bands signed to record contracts.
Eventully I was accepted by the Catholic University of America despite having neither a high school diploma nor GED or SAT scores. I made Dean’s List and graduated from CUA with a BA in American History. >>
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For over 25 years now, I have been studying American heritage while living a pop culture hermitage:
no crummy music
no credit cards
no smart phone
no video games
no consumerist wastage