Jim Winkle's Home Page
This contains some of my interests, and a few pictures. I live in Madison, Wisconsin, which wins awards for livability.
(you'll need to type this address into your email program because the is a graphic which helps avoid SPAM).
Phone: 2 5 9 - 1 8 1 2
Cell: 3 3 4 - 7 2 5 1
Interests and Activities
- I'm retired, but worked 28 years at UW-Madison from 1990-2018.
For the first 18 years, I managed a computing service for researchers and sometimes taught obscure computer courses (Perl, UNIX). Then I designed and implemented software tools to help us have more reliable computing services. Here's my slightly modified retirement letter for more info.
Before that, I worked at RR Software; I ported their Ada compiler to Intel's 80386 chip on Windows and UNIX. Before that, I worked as a hardware/software engineer at Amtelco where I wrote firmware for a communications board and worked with the OEM market which purchased our Multibus boards.
- I owned a tiny company called EventsGalore.net
from 2001 - 2017 which:
This helped organizations increase attendance at their events, and helped people find events in which they
had an interest. My marketing plan didn't work out as expected, and hackers/spammers made things difficult, so I shut it down. The few groups using it loved it though, and had a hard time replacing it with anything as easy-to-use and powerful. I still own the domain name and it's somewhat possible I may take a different approach to this in the future.
- Offered organizations the ability to easily put their calendar of events on the web.
- Allowed individuals the ability to subscribe to receive email reminders of an organization's events.
An old love, rediscovered now that affordable digital cameras have finally caught up with my old analog camera. Here are some; click on a picture to enlarge it and see the caption. You can then scroll thru the pix with the arrow keys.
Pix from our trip to England in 2019.
The two big parts of the trip were hiking half of the Cotswolds and across the whole Lake District.
Pix from our trip to CO/UT in 2019. Pix are mostly from Arapaho National Forest (W and SW of Denver), Arches National Park, Monument Valley, Brian Head/Dixie National Forest, Zion National Park, and Snow Canyon State Park.
- Biking, especially bike touring and day trips.
Here are some nice Southwest Wisconsin bike rides I designed.
This area offers some of the best conditions in the U.S. for bike touring! Also known as the "Driftless" area, the topography is interesting, the numerous back roads are lightly traveled, the scenery is spectacular, the downhills are fun, the small towns can be sweet, and there's a fair amount of camping.
I wrote an article in 2017 about touring bikes to help you choose one.
Don't miss my other newish article about using a double for touring bikes!
I'm working on a weather website which will be helpful for bikers (and other outdoor enthusiasts); this is currently a "draft" (get it?).
I helped create an urban orchard as a memorial to an experienced biker who died from injuries sustained when she was struck by an inattentive driver.
- Living sustainably. Climate change is emerging as one of the most important issues of our time.
I give an interactive and fun talk entitled Potent Home Remedies for Climate Change where I cover some or all of the following:
Are you associated with a group (work, neighborhood, church, or friends) that would be interested in hearing this? Contact me (see top of page) and we'll organize a session.
The most effective solutions to climate change (you might be surprised!), and how easy they are to attain without lowering one's quality of life.
Several different ways to convert to renewable electricity. All the stars are lined up for going solar today, so I'll definitely cover that.
How to easily use much less electricity.
- In April 2007, we converted to solar and generate 100% of our electricity. I wrote two articles about this. A redevelopment requesting extra stories threatens to reduce the sun on our roof (and yard).
- We own a tankless water heater which uses less natural gas, has a long lifetime, and is 100% recyclable. I wrote an article about this.
- We were more-or-less carless for three years beginning in 2014. We still mostly bike, walk, and bus in town.
- Worked on many projects in the
Bay Creek neighborhood.
- Helped start Quann Community Garden, which has about 100 plots in one acre. I love to garden in a community garden setting, and I do occasional workshops (fruit tree pruning, garden security, planting garlic and other late fall activities).
- Participated in the team that came up with
helped people in neighborhoods connect. We launched July 4, 2004, and shut it down five years later because of technical issues. Years later, people still tell me they miss this.
- Past member of Friends of Olin-Turville. This park contains more undisturbed shoreline than any other park in Madison, which makes for great skiing and hiking.
- Food! Hey, who isn't interested in food? I'm interested in (and
still learning about) foodsystems, especially organic, locally produced food to promote
sustainable agriculture for the health of the planet and the people on it.
I was a board member of Community GroundWorks for four years, and one of several
founding members of Madison Fruits and Nuts.
I've been vegetarian since about 1986 and dairy-free since 2012.
- I must be getting old... I've started playing bridge. I'm looking to play with people who bid like I do.
Let me know if that's you!
- I must be getting old... I've started doing geneology for the Winkle clan.
- Contra dancing. Here's the Madison
dance schedule. I helped to organize Squirrel Moon from 2007 - 2018.
- Music, listening anyway. I'd love to learn an instrument some day.
- Camping, hiking, windsurfing, cross-country skiing.
- Cancer. Both parents and a sister had cancer. My mom and sister died from it, and my dad lived another 18 years after being diagnosed.
I've made lots of changes in my life to try to avoid it; who knows if it'll help. Ask me in person if you're interested.
Here are a few photos with my wife Bonnie and daughter Kailee.