Here’s a minibiography of Robert Nagle, a writer who runs the imaginaryplanet/idiotprogrammer websites. (2016 Update: Some of this information needs to be updated — stay tuned!) (See also: how to advertise your book or ebook on my site).
Employment Status (As Of July 2016): I am available for Full Time and Part Time work — especially in West Houston and downtown Houston.
Personville Press: I am founder and editor of Personville Press, a Texas-based ebook publishing company started in 2010. I’m in the process of starting a Personville Press ezine to feature contemporary fiction. The site is here, though it’s just a holder page.
Resume: Check my linkedin profile . See also my technical writer portfolio site . Here’s a printable version of my most recent technical writer/instructional designer resume. See also my essays and professional writing samples.
Contact Information: idiotprogrammer at fastmailbox.net . Telephone: 713 893 3424, Current Address: 6121 Winsome Lane Apt 56C Houston, Texas 77057.
I was born in New York in 1965. Most of my writing recently can be found on idiotprogrammer weblog, which is a hodgepodge of things I’ve been reading/learning or having opinions about. It tends to go in random directions. Most of the time I use the weblogs not merely as a receptacle for links but a guide to my thoughts and beliefs.
For the voyeuristically inclined, here are links to my recent photo gallery archive at flickr . I started this in November 2004, and it has over a thousand photos. If you want, you can view all the photos with ME in them.
My latest interests have been ebooks, docbook, dieting methods, climate change policy, copyright reform, podcasting, video production and editing, public domain literature & Project Gutenberg, live storytelling. In 2008 I’ve been working on a publishing site for creative commons writers and a storytelling podcast.
At the moment I work half-time at University of Houston as a technical writer while working on various independent publishing projects. Recently I’ve worked in the technology sector (including with Dell Computers and Texas Instruments). I have a degree in English from Trinity University and a master’s degree in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University. I’ve participated in writing workshops with several notable writers, including John Barth, J.M. Coetzee (who recently won the Nobel Prize ), Robert Flynn , Stephen Dixon and Joyce Carol Oates. I’ve written short stories, novellas, dramatic pieces, travel essays, book reviews, cookbooks and political commentary. Recently I’ve been writing book reviews for Slashdot.org. I also recently organized a storytelling event in Houston and tell stories regularly at the Houston Storytellers’ Guild.
I regularly attend the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas every year, so if you’re headed there, feel free to look me up.
Between 1995 and 1997 I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Vlore, Albania. I taught university students at the University of Vlore. I also had the chance to witness firsthand a grand civil uprising that eventually led to the evacuation of all Americans in 1997. (More photos and commentary about Albania) . Between 1997 and 1998 I taught at a business institute in Ukraine and had an opportunity to witness firsthand a country’s transition to a free market economy. I’ve written several travel essays about my experiences, including my description of the Albanian civil unrest in 1997.
I obtained Irish dual citizenship in July 2002, so I am officially a European citizen! I aspire someday to return to Europe and perhaps to India or East Asia. As much as I love America, it’s helpful not to view the world merely from an American’s perspective.
The countries where I lived had limited or no Internet access (Albania didn’t even have computers, much less electricity!), so it was not until 1998 that I really learned about the Internet. I created my first Excel spreadsheet in late 1998 and my first decent web page in early 1999. I studied a few things, and before I knew it I was working as a technical writer at Dell Computers (well, least until the high tech bubble began to burst and I was laid off). Unemployment is never fun, but I wrote a novella about it in 1990, and indeed, I have managed to learn a bit about networking, linux, databases and content management systems. But despite my geek pretensions, I am first and foremost a writer.
For those searching me out using keywords, I’ll mention a few related to my past: Strake Jesuit, Trinity University, Johns Hopkins University, Johnson O’Connor, Nada Magazine, Slashdot, Teleread, Book Review, Killough, instructional technology, hapax, sharethemusic, share music, Carfiction, Peace Corps Albania, Vlore, Vlora, Bobby Nagle, Alief, Austin, Robert J. Nagle, Dell, Texas Instruments, TI, Lutsk, Ukraine, Albania, Volyn Institute of Economics and Management, frayday, Booknotes, imaginaryplanet, asiafirst, south by southwest, Ismail Qemali. Robert Nagle is a writer living in Houston with a background in teaching, technology and Eastern Europe.
By the way, I am not the Bobby Nagle who is the European gay porn star, nor am I the Robert Nagle who sings country music or does adventure racing.
Last Updated: June 2014