I am Walter Underwood. Welcome to my weblog. My freshman physics professor was fond of the phrase “intuitively obvious to the most casual observer.” My friends and I thought that a “most casual observer” would be a damned handy thing to have available in the laboratory, because you could just ask them and skip the experiments. I’ll be sharing my observations here.
If you are looking for the Walter Underwood who you met at Rice University, Ford Aerospace, Hewlett-Packard, Objectivity, Infoseek, GO.com/Disney, Inktomi, Verity, Autonomy, Netflix, Mark Logic, Chegg, Troop 14, All Saints’ Episcopal, or Saint Mark’s Episcopal, I am probably that guy. I worked on the Ultraseek enterprise search engine through five companies and nine and a half years (and thirteen layoffs). It was a fun ride.
I have a lovely wife and two wonderful boys. Our oldest son is developmentally disabled and has a wonderful service dog from Canine Companions for Independence. Our other son is studying to become an occupational therapist.
I love to hike and backpack, and I’ve been working with Boy Scouts to teach lighter, more enjoyable packing. I talk about this a bit in an article for Gossamer Gear about the Scoutmaster load.
I am a licensed radio amateur, K6WRU, Amateur Extra. I’m active in amateur radio emergency communication with Palo Alto ARES/RACES and Santa Clara County ARES/RACES. I combine hiking and amateur radio in Summits on the Air (SOTA).