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David Fox

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I've been involved with new media and technology since my wife, Annie, and I co-founded the world's first public-access microcomputer center in 1977. Marin Computer Center was a prototype for bringing new technology to the public.

I co-authored the books Computer Animation Primer, Armchair BASIC, and Pascal Primer, and then in 1982 became one of the founding members of the Games Division at Lucasfilm Ltd. (now LucasArts Entertainment Company). During my 10 year stay with LucasArts, I was the designer, project leader, and one of the programmers for the games Rescue on Fractalus!, Labyrinth, Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure. I also worked on Maniac Mansion as the primary script programmer.

During my last two years at LucasArts David was Manager of Entertainment Software on Mirage (a collaboration between LucasArts and Hughes Aircraft Corporation). This multi-player, networked location-based entertainment system was intended for theme parks.

After leaving LucasArts, I was a Senior Game Designer at Rocket Science Games, then worked as a freelance consultant on several games.

In 1996, I joined LiveWorld Inc./Talk City, an Internet community provider, as their Director of Kids and Entertainment Programming. During my four years at the company, I produced The InSite, a Web site for teen empowerment, helped produce a home page offering for use by Talk City's 4 million members, and launched several online chat games. I then became the Director of New Content, finding and implementing new technologies within Talk City.

In 2001, I returned to immersive gaming at Xulu Entertainment, producing their motion simulator project. Then I produced and designed a prototype of an educational game for Learning Friends under a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. More recently I co-designed and implemented Web sites for authors David McCullough, Terry Gamble and Annie Fox; The Ayrshire Foundation, Alaska Federation of Natives and Seadrift Realty, all with graphic designer Daniel Will-Harris.

In 2004, I helped Fabrice Florin start NewsTrust and created the first working prototype of the service. I served as NewsTrust's Technology Director through 2010, and am currently NewsTrust's Secretary/Treasurer.

I'm now creating apps for kids on the iPad, iPhone, and Android devices.

When not playing with computers I enjoy science fiction, good films, photography, video making, and taking long walks with Annie through the hills of Marin County, California. We have two grown kids.

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Location: San Anselmo, California, United States
Occupation: App Developer, Electric Eggplant
Interests: Sustainable living, kids apps
Expertise: Technology
Affiliations: Sustainable San Anselmo, Sustainable Marin, Novato Milestones Wind Ensemble, MomsWithApps
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Education: College graduate
News: 60-90 minutes a day
Internet: 90 minutes a day or more
Languages: English-only
Politics: Left
Age: 50-64
Gender: Male
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Address: San Anselmo, CA, 94960, US
Last Visit: Nov 22, 2014 - 5:19 PM PST
Last Edit: Nov 22, 2014 - 4:12 PM PST

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David reviewed this story - Nov 14, 2012
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David reviewed this story - Oct 13, 2012
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3.9
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David reviewed this story - Jun 12, 2011
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3.8
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David reviewed this story - Jan 16, 2011
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4.4
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David posted this story - Sep 10, 2010
David commented on this review – Sep. 1, 2010
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Reviewed by Kristin Gorski - Aug. 30, 2010

An important news report on another BP environmental accident. Details what has happened so far and features quotations from those interviewed on the ground, but still needs additional sources from the scientific/environmental community to put this into context and explain more facts behind what has happened.

Another BP environmental leak? And with documents that seem not to tell the whole story of what has happened? This sounds very familiar and it is bizarrely coincidental that this happened right in the middle of the BP oil disaster in the nearby Gulf (probably why BP tried to keep it quiet during this time).

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Great review, Kristin!

David reviewed this story - Aug 11, 2010
David's Rating
3.8
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David posted this story - Jun 22, 2010
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David reviewed this story - May 26, 2010
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3.7

Good overview of a breakthrough to replicate photosynthesis in the lab. Article gives a good description of how the process works and why it's important. Missing is any information on why this might not be a good idea (unless no one believes that) and whether it really is possible to pull off within a couple of years as the experts state.

This would be amazing if it can be made commercially viable!

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David reviewed this story - May 17, 2010
David's Rating
4.4

Compelling story from an eyewitness/survivor to the unfolding disaster - the rig's chief electronics technician. Very clear descriptions of events leading up to the explosion and what may have caused it. Only downside is that none of the parties on the other side of the issue were willing to comment on-camera (BP, Transocean, Haliburton).

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David posted and reviewed this story - Apr 26, 2010
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3.3

24 years later, a review of the Chernobyl disaster of 4/26/86

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David posted and reviewed this story - Apr 25, 2010
David reviewed this story - Apr 4, 2010
David's Rating
4.0

It's great fun reading this, both for the the experience of being a fly on the wall as Fry meets Jobs, but also for the author's great sense of humor and insight.

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David reviewed this story - Apr 3, 2010
David's Rating
4.2

Fun read! Reveals some info about how Apple dealt with iPad developers prior to today's release.

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David posted this story - Mar 30, 2010
David reviewed this story - Mar 22, 2010
David's Rating
4.2
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David posted this story - Mar 21, 2010
David reviewed this story - Mar 18, 2010
David's Rating
4.1

Very good overview of our new MyNews offering. Rather than try to explain it myself, I'd much rather point people to this very well-written article.

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David posted this story - Mar 17, 2010
David posted this story - Mar 12, 2010
David posted this story - Mar 12, 2010
David posted this story - Mar 11, 2010
David posted this story - Mar 1, 2010
David reviewed this story - Feb 24, 2010
David's Rating
1.6
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David posted this story - Jan 28, 2010
David posted and reviewed this story - Jan 14, 2010
David's Rating
3.9

We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government ... More »

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David posted this story - Jan 13, 2010
David posted and reviewed this story - Jan 12, 2010
David reviewed this story - Jan 4, 2010
David's Rating
4.1
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David posted this story - Nov 29, 2009
David posted and reviewed this story - Oct 23, 2009
David's Rating
4.3

Balanced assessment of the struggle to build a desalinization plant in Marin County.

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David posted and reviewed this story - Oct 23, 2009
David reviewed this story - Sep 19, 2009
David's Rating
3.5
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David reviewed this story - Sep 19, 2009
David's Rating
3.5
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