Jim Winkle's Personal Home Page
Welcome to Jim Winkle's personal 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 e-mail 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 I worked 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 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 (unless someone beats me to it).
- Offered organizations the ability to easily put their calendar of events on the web.
- Allowed individuals the ability to subscribe to receive e-mail reminders of an organization's events.
- Biking, especially day trips and bike touring.
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.
New in 2017:
Here's an article about touring bikes to help you choose one.
Don't miss the other new 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 acquaintence who was an experienced biker and died from injuries sustained when she was struck by an inattentive driver.
- Environmental Issues. 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.
- Neighborhood Issues.
- In a small team, developed extensive web pages for 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 doing geneology for the Winkle clan.
- 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!
- 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.
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.