Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy of Mind, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Science Fiction, Music, Performance, Parenting
2017 Graduate Certificate in Software Design and Development University of Washington, Bothell
2004 Ph.D. in Philosophy (Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology) University of Washington, Seattle Dissertation Title: Perceptual Knowledge: Explorations and Extensions of the Sellarsian Framework. Advisor: Cass Weller Areas of Specialization: Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Contemporary Analytic Philosophy, Critical Thinking
1998 M.A. in Philosophy University of Washington, Seattle
1996 B.A. in Philosophy, cum laude University of Washington, Seattle
Highlights from the 2016-2017 Academic Year:
Awards and Honors 2015
Artistic / Professional
2015: A Certification of Specialness. A video/music/performance piece created in collaboration with poet Sarah Galvin for City Arts Magazine’s annual Genre Bender event. An interview about it in City Arts Magazine: http://cityartsonline.com/articles/poet-meets-filmmakermusician-sarah-galvin-and-david-nixon
2015: Bladfold: The Rise and Fall of Brad Nixon; animated musical documentary film about my father’s infamous reign as the leader of a Japanese sect of Buddhism in Seattle in the 1970’s. Premiered at Annex Theatre March 14-15, 2015. (Presented as a work-in-progress with video, live music, and spoken word at ACT theatre November 2012)
Interviewed on Seattle Channel’s Art Zone about Bladfold: http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos/video.asp?ID=4011349
An article by Brendan Kiley in The Stranger:
2013: The Half Brothers Brand Old Time Variety Show, a parody of musical infotainment from the 1960’s, poking fun at the increasing growth and power of corporate conglomerates in the united states. (Annex Theatre, Aug 9-30, 2013)
2013: The Half Brothers releases a new album of original bluegrass music, Half Brothers Brand Music.
2011: The Shelf: Short musical film / animation exploring two brothers’ radically different lives and a Buddhist explanation for inequality in the world. This piece was commissioned by the Richard Hugo House as a part of its Lit Series. The artistic prompt was “The Haves and The Have-Nots.” Hugo House, October 28, 2011.
2010: Center-Cut Ham Dinner Night Slide Show; One-person theatrical/video/music show about the meaning of life at Annex Theatre, Seattle.
2009: Small Town Rumors and Chicken Tales; musical/theatrical/shadow puppet extravaganza with my bluegrass band, The Half Brothers. Theatre Off Jackson, March 2009.
2008: The Half Brothers releases our first full-length album, Half and Half and Half.
2004-present: Founding member of music/theater/art collective “Awesome”.
Original Theatrical Productions with “Awesome”:
2010: West, On The Boards
2009: The Awesome Cycle, ACT
2008: Nighttime Forest Fire, On The Boards
2007: Here’s What Happened, Seattle Children’s Theatre
2006: noSignal, On The Boards
2005: Delaware, Re-Bar
“Awesome” albums: Delaware (2005), Four For Foer (2006), Beehive Sessions (2007), “Awesome” (2011), Pat Benefactor (2011), Adrift (2011), Can’t Capture Faerp Seriously (2011).
References on request