Michael Tobis 


 

That's me practicin bein Tixen.  

What I'm Up To

I am a software engineer and sustainability writer in the delightful city of Austin. 

I get to think for a living, which makes me happy.

Bio

B.Sc.: EE Northwestern U. Tech. Institute, 1976                

M.Eng.: Systems/Computer Engineering Carleton U., 1984

Ph.D.:  Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences U Wis Madison 1996

Postdocs: Argonne Lab department of Mathematics and Computer Science; University of Chicago department of Geophysical Sciences 

Intervening adventures: Manager of a web software team at Clotho Advanced Media LLC. Architect of an online citywide permit approval system for the City of Madison (since defunct). Management consultant. Author of a book on management intended for small teams and high-performance small businesses. A software gig at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics.

Things I do

  • Edit Planet3.org and try to understand the future
  • Python and Django contract work,
  • Computing in general; Python and Javascript in particular. Increasingly interested in nuts and bolts of UX. Django.
  • Software as medium and as topic in education. Literate programming and computer literacy.
  • Cognition/Communication/Control/Modeling/Decision Theory (concepts formerly known as "cybernetics").
  • Collaboration and productivity. 
  • Random bicycling, random landscape photography, where possible at the same time.
  • Music. Jazz, blues, Texas swing. Piano and clarinet are my instruments. I am not very good.

Interests

Other things I find especially interesting, more as a spectator: 

  • History. Demographics, technology and environment as factors in history
  • Architecture, planning and civil engineering
  • Science fiction
  • Decorative and fine arts, mostly European 1850 - 1935, also Japanese woodcuts and silver age Marvel comics
  • Kubrick, The Coen Brothers, Steve Jobs, Tom Wolfe, the Naipaul Brothers, Alan Watts, Leonard Cohen, Samuel Delany, Philip K Dick, Bob Wills, Grapelli, Robert Hunter, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton ... 
Thanks to Irene for the picture, and lots of other good things.

My Blogs

In It For the Gold: (climate / energy / sustainability) 

Pencil Science: (software)

Peculiar Mo (photography)

Pining for the Fjords: (life in general)

The ghost of sci.environment

 Global Change Discussion

Other me-related links

CV

Ducks-In-A-Row 

Flickr

Official U of T page

Publications