Perspectives on family, disability, technology, and media; from a husband, father, and entrepreneur.
I have been active as a broadcaster since 2004, creating many podcasts, appearing on others, and occasionally guesting on the terrestrial radio dial. In 2013, I founded The Machine, an independent broadcast network based in Chicago. I built the studio, developed our live streaming architecture, and audio processing. I also produced most of the network’s programming. Even though the network ceased operation in December 2015, I learned valuable lessons concerning how to monitize a content business, where the most tangible product is given away.
After spending most of my life in pain, I was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome in October, 2015. This moment, becoming a rare disease patient, rattled my world (as I suspect it would for anyone). In response, technical content for the blog took a backseat. Instead, I wanted to chronicle this experience, addressing both the private and professional concerns surrounding my diagnosis. I expect that EDS will remain a significant topic on this blog, because it’s a major challenge in my daily life.
Now, in 2016, it’s time for a new challenge. I have shed the pure technologist role that I’ve occupied for so long. Going forward, I’ll be tackling projects that highlight my cross-disciplinary work, specifically at the intersection of media and technology. Digital platforms, especially those who give the artists a fair shake, are very intriguing.
If you have an difficult problem or unique challenge that could use my attention, I’m available for consulting.