One of my oldest friends (in duration not age!) is David Roochnik. He's the Chair of the Philosophy Department at Boston University and a real whiz on Greek Philosophy. I recently listened to a series of lectures he gave called, naturally enough, An Introduction to Greek Philosophy. You can find that lecture series and many books he's written on Amazon. But, I just learned he's also written novels as well. One of his novels, called Sweet Dreams, is only available as a Kindle eBook. I thought his novel would naturally be set in Ancient Greece, but as it turns out, he's a homicide/detective fiction fan too. He told me how interesting it was that as a professor he always tries to explain things as clearly as possible, but as an author of a mystery, it was quite the challenge to not give away the ending by being too explicitly clear. It is a mystery after all! If you have a Kindle (or an app on another device that allows reading Kindle ebooks), I hope you'll try it out. It sells for just $2.99.
One of my newest friends, a Music Professor at Boston University, is Debbie Burton. I happened to meet Debbie at a lecture given by another old friend of mine John Platoff. John and Debbie are both music professors, pianists, and opera gurus. Having just met Debbie, I asked her if she happened to see the recent MET production (on TV) of Puccini's The Girl of the Golden West. Talk about asking the right question at the right time, she not only had seen it, but knows the opera like no one else, and even developed a web site about the 100th anniversary of the opera called Fanciulla100.org. A Puccini scholar, to be sure.
My nephew Jon (Jon Fishman) has been very busy. Recently, he purchased his own domain name (BrainOfAFish.com), and is looking to have some fun with it. He started a blog called Brain of a Fish and is also working on a new Brain of a Fish Tees and more store. He used to work at MTV in NYC, then moved to its sister company Comedy Central for a while, and has now moved yet again (still within the same family) to RateMyProfessors.com. I hope you'll visit his sites (and tell him I say hello!)
If you're interested in astronomy, and especially if you're interested in the computer-controllable Meade ETX telescopes, I hope you'll check out my friend Mike's excellent ETX site.
I've recently changed where my website is hosted, and so far, I'm just loving it. If you are also looking for a home for your own website, you should check out Lunarpages. My guess is you'll find it's both cheaper and better than the other web hosting services.
If you're a car fan, and especially a BMW fan, please visit Rod's Automobile Pages. Rod's a good friend of mine, and you just won't believe how absolutely immaculately he maintains his cars. The BMW is decades old, and looks brand new. He's quite literally an award-winning car enthusiast!
My cousin Emily just launched a new site. As I hope you'll see, she's a great photographer with a great eye. If you're curious, here's the link: Emily Gilbert Photography.
Koingo Software is the brainchild of a fellow programmer and a friend of mine. Josh has written some great software for OSX. I rely, in fact, on a daily basis, on his new Data Guardian program...a super program to store your passwords and virtually any other kind of data in encrypted form. Here's a tip: If you visit his site and place an order, mention my name ("WINOGRAD"), and he'll give you a 10% discount on your order. You must mention my name at the time you place your order or it won't work. Look for a comment area on the order form, enter my name, and get 10% off.
I've always been a big opera fan. In fact, for a few years, I was on the Board of the superb Opera New Hampshire. I also created their very first web site and remained as their webmaster for a little more than a decade. Now, though I've passed on this responsibility to new hands, Opera New Hampshire will always be close to my heart. Check it out: OperaNH.org
The only time I get any information about you is if you place an order to register one of my software products. Then, like any merchant, I need to have your name, address, email address, and other details (such as the software product you purchased, when you purchased it, etc.) That is the only information that I have...the information that you've given me in order to complete your online registration. I intend to keep your email address in case I want or need to contact you about a new program I've written, or a problem with an existing one.
I have never sold, or rented, or given away, any information about my customers. I have no intention of ever doing so. If this ever changes, I will most certainly ask for your permission before sharing any information. I would hope you would treat my personal information in the same manner, if the situation were reversed. And, that's basically it!
Brickles and Hangman were never designed to be anything but fun. But, I've actually received letters (a few are below) from people who have said that one or more of my games have helped them or their family members recover from strokes, and other medical problems. Some have mentioned how Brickles has helped eye-hand coordination that was diminished after a stroke. Others have mentioned how the synthesized speech or digitized sounds used in these games would help a family member get out the right word.
Who would have thought my games might actually be helpful to those with some kind of disability? I'm delighted and gratified that this might be the case. If these games have helped you, or a friend or family member, please send me an email, and share with me exactly what about the games helped. I'd love to hear about it, and maybe I can learn how to improve the games in areas that would be even more helpful. If you have an idea for a completely new game, I'd love to hear about that too.
Here are some of the comments I've received...