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Who or what is a KrazyDad?

KrazyDad is me, Jim Bumgardner, a senior nerd at Disney Interactive Labs. I'm a programmer / musician / composer / data-viz expert / author / artist / puzzle constructor / teacher with a passion for making software art and software toys. I've done work for Yahoo!, Ogilvy & Mather, Topspin, Macrovision, Time Warner, and various non-profits. I also occasionally teach classes and workshops on various creative & technical subjects, most recently Processing at CRASHspace in Culver City.

This is my puzzle website, and (occasional) blog. My first website, www.jbum.com, has been around since 1996, and is full of all kinds of outdatedwacky Web 1.0 stuff. My other websites are Joy Of Processing (Processing tutorials), Coverpop (photo mosaics), and WheelOf.com (home of the Wheel of Lunch), and WhitneyMusicBox.org.

Have you written anything interesting?

How nice of you to ask! Yes, I have written a few books, papers, tutorials, etudes, and so on. You'll find most of 'em here.

How do I contact you?

Use this handy dandy form

Are you the same 'jbum' from Flickr?

Yes. I coauthored the book Flickr Hacks for O'Reilly with Paul Bausch. The book came out February, 2006. I founded the Flickr Hacks group on Flickr, and created the Flickr Colr Pickr, the Flickr Chia Pet, and other cool flickr toys.

Aren't you the guy that made the Whitney Music Box?

Yep. Also the CoverPop mash-up site, the Wheel of Lunch, a few thousand sudoku and kakuro puzzles, and tons of other software toys. At times, my body produces software the way other people produce poop. I can also make spaghetti.

Are you the same 'jbum' who created The Palace visual chat system?

Yes. I conceived and was principle programmer of The Palace, as well as a co-founder of The Palace, Inc., a pioneer in online communities that drew more than one million users at its peak.

The Palace received numerous honors, including "Best of 1996" by Entertainment Weekly; a Webby Award nomination; "Cool Innovation of the Year" nominee; Chicago SUN-Times' Best Website: 1998; Top 100 Websites of 1998 and # 24 on the Forbes Magazine POV List.

There is more palace-related stuff on my old website: www.jbum.com

Did I see one of your puzzles somewhere?

Perhaps. I wrote three puzzle books for Ulysses press in 2006, and have sold sudoku, kakuro and other puzzles to a few publications, including Games magazine. I occasionally construct puzzles for Mung Being, an excellent online magazine, and my puzzles appear in lots of small regional and college newspapers, as well as the Denver Daily News and San Francisco Daily Post. If you'd like to include a puzzle in your school paper, send me an XL t-shirt or a cool hat with the school logo and remember to include the copyright notice!

How do I follow your every move?

Well aren't you a little creepy? :)

Here's the RSS feed for my blog
...my facebook profile
...my flickr stream (also in RSS
...my twitter page (also in RSS)
...my delicious page
...my plurk page
...my spluff page (Okay, I made that one up!)
...my resume
...my google results
...and you can send creepy instant messages to me on AIM or YIM as "jbum".


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