Category Archives: Personal

5 talks in 6 days in 3 countries starting this Saturday

Holy cow. I can’t believe it. Tomorrow I start a trip that has been several weeks in the making. Now that it is around the corner I’m both excited and anxious! Even more, I’m truly humbled that such a trip is even possible. Each of these events are open to the public. If you’re in […]

The day I had an assault weapon in my car and was confronted by police

A couple of blog posts ago, I wrote about Gun Control and mentioned that I’ve owned a couple of SKS rifles. The SKS fires a 7.62x39mm round, the same as early AK-47s and is also similar to the cartridge used by the M-1 Carbine. The SKS was a military rifle, used by the USSR and […]

Gun Control

I’m a gun owner. I purchased my first firearm 25 years ago, when I was 18 years old. My friend Jason was very¬†enamored with guns. At the time, he had a .22 caliber Marlin rifle and took me to a local shooting range. I enjoyed shooting and was pretty good at it. Well, I was […]

Five Lessons Learned from the IEP Process

May was a really¬†big month for the Groves family. We got our county school system to agree to place our daughter in a non-public school to address her unique educational needs. She’s never been happier and more enthusiastic about school, which I largely attribute to a combination of better atmosphere and finally feeling like she […]

Announcing the Viking & the Lumberjack

At CSUN 2014, Billy Gregory and I gave a presentation titled No Beard Required. Mobile Testing With the Viking & the Lumberjack. The presentation was an absolute disaster. Our approach to the presentation was to “wing it”, showing how to test with various mobile technologies. Thing is, none of the mobile technologies actually cooperated with […]

Woodshop tour

I posted this to Facebook but wanted to share on my site, too. This is where I spend my weekends when it is cold outside: Note: alt attribute on each image is blank. Visible text under the image describes the image. Looking into the entrance-way. Drill press and lathe straight ahead. Chalkboard paint along the […]

Taking Accessibility to the Mainstream

For years I’ve been saying that accessibility people need to branch out to the mainstream. Preaching to the converted doesn’t really help much when it comes to increasing mainstream adoption of accessibility as a way of thinking. Developers typically don’t have any depth of understanding when it comes to accessibility. Developers need to know … […]

Take this job & shove it. I’ve retired from Accessibility Consulting

Happy April Fools Day everyone. Congrats to those who figured it out early. This post was just a joke. “I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he had imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected […]

What does it take to call yourself an accessibility expert?

Yesterday, February 28, 2012, the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) hosted an event titled Taking Accessibility Mainstream: Making the Case for an International Society of Accessibility Professionals as an all-day pre-conference session as part of CSUN. The context for this event is as follows: This forum is intended to bring focus to the needs of […]

My first fitness post: Suck it up, there are no quick fixes

Recently, I was reading ‘r/fitness’ on Reddit when I came upon a thread on GOMAD, a get-big-quick scheme where you drink a gallon of milk a day to gain weight. The gallon of organic whole milk in my refrigerator has 16 servings at 147 calories per serving. There are 45 calories from fat per serving. […]