Who I Am

IMG_20130531_153740_376_zps335eb02aMy name is James White.  I am a lifelong maker and a nerd. My interests are broad and diverse. Among other things, I love to fly fish, play and listen to music, read, draw and paint, write and tell stories, use gadgets, waste time on the Internet, read manga, dance, work with wood, garden, swim, play soccer, golf, and bake bread (this is ever so much more scientific than you would imagine). I fluent and literate in English and Japanese, and have been dabbling in Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish for a number of years.

I am currently the operations manager for a small non-profit. My university training is in geomorphology and natural resource management, although the last decade of my professional experience has been in salmon recovery. I have spent most of that decade has been in some kind of technical capacity, and until I moved to organizational operations, I was quick to identify myself as a salmon scientist. I live with my wife, four children, and a mastador puppy in Wenatchee, WA. We (except the puppy, who is slightly more partial to Rose Tyler) are big fans of the 10th Doctor.

The Turtlshel Project started in 2001 as an outgrowth of the Turtlshel Translating Company. At the time there were very few resources on the Internet for intermediate and advanced learners of Japanese. Resources for students of classical Japanese were even more sparse.

During my university years, Turtlshel became a convenient place to post class notes, and to write about the interesting things I was learning. The content of the site leaned dramatically toward geomorphology, pedology, and other earth sciences and their related field techniques.

In the years since graduation the pages of Turtlshel have been a constant churn and a progression of redesigns to showcase my most recent hobbies. The Turtlshel Project has followed me as I spent a year learning how to bake fabulous French bread, as I learned how to play the Okinawan sanshin, as I dove into fly tying and fly fishing, various languages, the design and making of outdoor equipment such as messenger bags, and as I hunted as a photographer for the elusive perfect shot.

Now in May 2013 I am rebooting the site, hopefully to house all of those things and whatever more come up in the next several years.