We bootstrapped a shelter check-in system for the American Red Cross in 2008. Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer liked it so much, we won the Innovation Award.

  • 23 Jun 2016
    The Oso Mudslide – a Volunteer’s Perspective

    “Would you like to donate to the Oso Relief Fund?” the cashier asked as I boxed up my Costco run. When I politely declined, the woman behind me piped up, “You really should ...

  • 30 May 2016
    Helping in wildfire fighting operations

    So, Summer is about to roll around again in the Seattle area, which is usually something most people here celebrate. However, as a volunteer with Community Emergency Response Teams, I think of ...

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  • The Oso Mudslide – a Volunteer’s Perspective

    “Would you like to donate to the Oso Relief Fund?” the cashier asked as I boxed up my Costco run. When I politely declined, the woman behind me piped up, “You really should consider helping out, the people there need your help.” Yes. Yes, they did need our help, which was why I’d just spent...

  • Helping in wildfire fighting operations

    So, Summer is about to roll around again in the Seattle area, which is usually something most people here celebrate. However, as a volunteer with Community Emergency Response Teams, I think of wildfires. Already, as I write this, a massive complex fire has devastated at least one city in Alberta, Canada. Other blazes are raging...

  • How to cruise for under $50 a day

    So, full disclosure. I do not like cruises. I used to hate them, now I tolerate them. The idea of being stuck on a ship with thousands of people, on a vessel that pitches and rocks, did not sound like my idea of a vacation. And getting into a port of call with several thousands...

  • Why you should learn (many) languages

    Growing up, I was always fascinated with languages. Even as a child, the idea of communicating with people from a different culture seemed terribly exciting to me.

  • My son quit college, and that’s ok

    A couple of months ago, my oldest, Zach, told us he was going to quit school. If getting an A- was an Asian F, well, what does that make a college dropout?