I'm Jim McCann. This is TCHOW, where (attempt to) I document many of the things that I do.
In July 2010, I defended my thesis. It was a fun thesis defense; there were both "Applause" and "Laughter" signs, pink hair, lab coats, and plenty of baked goods. (Credit for much of that is owed Ronit.) In September, I turned in the final copy of my dissertation.
From October of 2012 to February of 2014 I worked full-time on creating video games as TCHOW llc (though I remained a collaborator on a few research projects). This resulted in the commercial release of Rktcr, a Linux/OSX/Windows game, and Rainbow, an iOS/Android game.
Since February 2014, I've worked as an Associate Research Scientist at Disney Research Pittsburgh. It's a heck of a lot of fun.
I continue to work on games as a hobby, but at a much slower rate than I would otherwise like.
I'm quite widely contactable. Consider:
- IM: I'm mainly on Google Chat these days -- ix at tchow.com.
- EMail: ix at tchow.com is, again, your best bet. But I'm also likely to respond to jmccann at [cs.cmu.edu or umich.edu] or try ix at [cmu.edu or umich.edu].
- Skype: during research meetings, I may be found as ix.tchow on skype.
- For character-limited witticisms, see my account 1x on Twitter.
- For my music, head to soundcloud or allihoopa.
- For music with my brother, try our group soundcloud or last.fm page.
People often ask why my web page is called TCHOW (also, tchow, if the capitals become too glaring). The name comes from "The Chicken's House of Wacky" -- which is a fictional organization (designed by myself) that was useful to me during my formative middle- and high- school years. The mascot of the group was, of course, the Chicken, a comic character resembling death (and some far side cartoons, though not intentionally).
Very little of the original moral content of the group remains, but I keep the name (and, occasionally, the handle Chicken1, though I am more often, now, using ix).
'ix', by the way, is not a reference to one of Mallarmé's pseudonyms. It is simply a nice, snappy, and short name.