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Square Dance Caller
I call weekly for 3 area square dance clubs, teaching a total of 4 classes from beginner thru "Plus".
My calling schedule: Rich Reel's Calling Schedule (calendar)
ALL8.COM - Square Dance Calling Notes,
and host to several international square dance email discussion lists: sd-callers, challenge-sd, lgcwsd, gca
(please let me know if you'd like to join).
I also host websites:
This popular 'app' brings a lot of traffic to ALL8.com: Tap for BPM Beats Per Minute
I am currently working for a bio-tech start-up after a layoff from
now Life Technologies after more than 21 years with the company.
I've worked on a wide array of projects supporting scientists and engineers across the organization.
In the last years most projects were in some way connected to DNA sequencing.
One particularly successful project was the (now obsolete) 3700 Automated DNA Analyzer which helped complete the first human genome.
In addition to building the first proof-of-concept unit, I designed the final instrument's detector, wrote firmware
including the operating system for one of its processors, and had a hand in the detector design of its successor, the 3730.
I do two basic types of work in R&D...
I work on teams of 1 to 20 engineers on projects ranging from hours to years long.
"Ph.D. scientists tell me what they want; I get it for them."
I take analytical instruments from concept to prototype, and sometimes to production.
- Instrument design/development
- Fast prototyping to support research scientists
I am ideal for a start-up as I own extensive capital equipment to compliment many broad and useful skills.
...and numerous special classes and seminars.
I regularly attend local trade shows in optics, electronics, embedded, semiconductor and machine tool.
Much of my education comes from a inner drive to be useful.
||Sr Staff Engineer Electrical
||Instrument R&D: DNA sequencing and sample prep
||Life Technologies (formerly Applied Biosystems)
||Sr Staff Engineer Electrical
||Instrument R&D: LC, CE, Carbohydrates, DNA sequencing and sample prep
||Ultrasonic Systems Inc
||R&D, manufacturing, test, field service
||Switching power supply and UV measurement instrument design
||Modern Office Machines
||Commercial copy machine field service
||Vending machine repair, RO water dispenser installation
||The Ohio State University
||Semiconductor processing equipment repair/tune
||Pinball machine and jukebox sales and service
I am your basic all-around "get it done, whatever it takes" guy, a cross between a super technician and an engineer.
I am always adding to broad core skills which I keep sharp ... to help you!
I own licensed copies of Solidworks*, Altium Designer*, LabVIEW* and AutoCAD (* = current paid subscription)
with home projects advancing my knowledge.
20+ years in the biotech industry has allowed me to develop important vendor relations and accumulate a large
network of friends who are specialists and industry professionals.
- Systems Engineer - Innovator with over 10 years experience with key roles on high-profile projects.
Broad range of skills. Can conceive, design, build, test and deliver complete systems faster
than many engineering teams. Can quickly troubleshoot system-wide problems and communicate solutions to a
wide audience from highly technical to completely non-technical. Self driven. Customer focused.
Thrive on projects with a "moving goalpost". Most effective on small interdisciplinary teams.
Variety keeps me vibrant.
- Optics - 20 years experience - Countless successful designs including multi-laser single molecule fluorescence
detection breadboards supporting piezo-scanning confocal, FCS and fast-frame-rate EMCCD imaging with TIRF or epi illumination,
high-sensitivity absorbance and fluorescence detection systems (and one doing both simultaneously) for CE, LC and
micro-fluidic systems, and a 3D fluorescent plume imager for optimizing capillary tip shape in a sheath flow
electrophoresis application, to name a few.
Extensive experience (and patents) in very high NA imaging and non-imaging optics, complex multi-component aberration
correction, planer/concave/reflective/transmission gratings, and aspheric lenses and mirrors.
Actively learning microbolometer thermal imaging.
- Mechanical - 20 years experience - Solidworks (since 2009), AutoCAD (since v10) - Designs in robotics,
fluidics, micro fabrication, vacuum, thermal control, and of course optical mechanics.
With a machine shop at home, I can quickly make many needed custom parts myself.
Beyond-the-usual examples include complex flexures and prototype quality aspheric lenses and mirrors.
Drilling crisp small (to 75um / 0.003" diameter) holes in glass is becoming routine.
Exposure to GD&T.
- Electronics - 35 years experience - Complete analog/digital/uC design, rapid prototype, PCB layout,
assembly and test, blazing fast component level troubleshooting and SMD rework, 100% RoHS since 2009 -
Designs include very low noise and drift analog sensor/audio/video signal path, scientific grade CCD interface,
complete switching power supplies from mW to KW, custom magnetics and discrete and integrated motor drive.
Some exposure to SoPC/FPGA/CPLD and IC AMS (Analog Mixed Signal) design.
Actively learning Analog Devices' Blackfin and Altium Designer.
Have a professional quality ESD SMD workstation at home.
- Firmware - 35 years experience - Assembly (extensive 68332, 6800, 8051, PIC16; some ADI Blackfin),
C and some C++ - Bare metal from scratch, low level boot code, hand optimized time-critical RTOS kernel design,
high performance control algorithms, human/computer interface, script engine, real-time instrument control,
multi-system coordination, multi servo loop, wide variety of stepper motor drive, PID temperature control,
communication protocol, data collection, data processing and efficient DSP algorithms.
My code tends to be small, efficient and extremely stable, even bug-free (several shipping examples).
Some exposure to Linux and open source tools.
Exposure to NVIDIA Tegra2 / Windows CE.
Actively learning Cypress FX3 (USB3.0)
- Software - 20 years experience - LabVIEW, C, some C++ - PC side real-time instrument control,
user interface, complex CCD camera control (FPGA low level commands), data analysis, some 2D and 3D image processing,
audio processing algorithms and a range of web, DOS and other utilities.
Quickly wrote 2D electric field and single molecule kinetics simulators from scratch.
Am working on an audio editor application.
My forte is quickly building highly specialized in-house software tools (with and without accompanying hardware)
to enable a technical team to understand a problem and find a solution.
(patent numbers link to freepatentsonline.com)
As of May 2011, after major investment, I have a fully functioning, reasonably capable precision parts machine shop at my home in Hayward.
Most of my machining experience is making a wide array of parts for scientific research.
I can deliver small quantities of professional quality, finished, plated parts (imperial or metric) at competitive prices.
I stock basic materials and can obtain most other commonly available materials quickly.
Main machines are 3HP 50" Sharp (Bridgeport-type) milling machine and Feeler (Hardinge-type) tooling lathe, both with 2 axis DRO,
fully complimented with high quality tooling.
I have limited sheet metal capability: 36" 16ga sheer, 48" 10ga brake, and 2 ton hand press.
Coming soon: Full 3 axis CNC milling, Laser cutter (50W, 28"x20") and 3D printing (8"x8"x8") in ABS and biodegradable PLA.
I started dancing with Foggy City Dancers in 1995 as a new year's resolution.
I dance at these local clubs.
Square Dance Calling
I call and teach for Western Star Dancers
and El Camino Reelers
and teach two classes at Sunnyvale Squares.
I first picked up a mic at the GCA caller school
at the 1996 IAGSDC Convention in San Francisco.
I didn't do much with calling the first couple years while I focused on Challenge dancing.
My first calling was filling in at a C3 workshop (tape group) with thanks to Pete Herman.
My first real calling was a tip a week of Mainstream at Santa Cruz Squares (currently on hiatus)
with thanks to Neil Heather.
My Santa Cruz Squares tip became a Plus teach tip and I graduated my first dancers 6 months later.
I began calling club nights (Mainstream and Plus level) for local clubs August 1998 including
Diablo Dancers (my very first "club night"),
Foggy City Dancers, and
Santa Cruz Squares (as substitute caller).
Diablo Dancers was the most supportive of my calling in the critical first years.
I graduated my second bunch of Diablo Dancers Plus dancers April 2000.
October 2003 I accepted an unexpected offer to teach Western Star Dancers'
beginner class which is the moment I say I became a "real caller" calling regularly.
Since then I've been calling 3 nights a week on average with a variety of additional
engagements including dances, club nights, review tips, demo tips, picnics, parades, and even
while on tour in China.
Since my first Advanced class in 2006, with loving support from El Camino Reelers,
I call a little less than a tip a week of Advanced.
2009 marked some important 'firsts':
Videos of me calling (YouTube)
Me and Calling
Square dance calling is a unique blend of music, kinetics, puzzle solving, teaching, showmanship and a broad array of social skills.
I primarily 'sight call', which is making up choreography on the fly from a menu of calls the dancers know then observing the dancers to
resolve the square allowing true connection between caller and dancers.
As square dancing is an activity that doesn't so-much reward in dollars (but does reward!),
I'm thankful I have a good job that allows me to enjoy square dance calling without having to make a living at it.
I have no plans to make calling any more than a hobby - albeit a serious one.
My joy is teaching, both dancers and callers.
When I sense interest, I organize a
Newer Caller Workshop and Hoedown for local budding talent.
Calling is just one aspect of square dancing that has been an important catalyst for my own personal growth and
development, in more ways, and for far longer than I ever imagined.
ALL8.com Web Site
ALL8.com was started as a place to keep all of my square dance calling notes.
Instead of writing on scraps of paper, I write it here.
I invite you to discover all of my 'secrets'.
I hand-code all HTML using Notepad and/or Textpad for the PC
(as if you couldn't tell) mostly to ensure pages are light-weight and work internationally.
If I had time (!), it'd be fun to pursue actual website design.
- Music editing, mastering, composition and recording
- CW dancing and some ballroom (East/West Coast Swing) ... getting rusty lately
- Wood / metal working / home improvement
- Education - any and all subjects, with interests broadening every year
"Never seek for love.
Those that seek for love only manifest their own loneliness.
Only the loving discover love and they never have to look for it."
D. H. Lawrence
Please take the time to let me know what you think about www.ALL8.com and
of course, ask any question at all.
or call me: 415-990-6751