I was formerly the lead engineer for LimeWire, where I worked for 4 years before leaving to work on LittleShoot, a p2p browser plugin and integrated web site that is, well, just really cool. It’s based on open protocols like SIP, STUN, and ICE, but it also seamlessly integrates various disparate parts of the web, giving you access to YouTube, Flickr, and iMeem alongside p2p content sources. It also allows any site to seamlessly integrate p2p, offloading Flash videos to LittleShoot’s P2P CDN without the user ever knowing, for example. It’s like BitTorrent on steroids with a bit of RedSwoosh, YouTube, and Flash thrown in. It’s hard to fully describe the user experience, so you should just take it for a spin.
You might be curious about the origins of the name “Route 183.” I was born in Austin, TX, where my Dad still lives. Our place is in East Austin, which, if you know Austin at all, is on “the bad side of the tracks.” Route 183 is a highway on the eastern side of East Austin – the bad side of the bad side of the tracks. That’s where my parents, Daria Fisk and Pliny Fisk III, started the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, an organization devoted to pushing the limits of sustainable, community-based architecture for the last 30 years. The work at “The Center” tests the limits of what’s possible in sustainable living while literally resting on the edge of the map. This spirit of innovation and experimentation is what the road Route 183 has come to symbolize for me. There’s nothing glamorous about Route 183. In fact, it’s one of the uglier roads you’ll encounter. That’s only fitting, though, as things usually break and are endlessly frustrating when you try new stuff, but that’s part of the fun.
I recently moved to Los Angeles after 8 years in my beloved NYC. It’s warmer here.