I am a web developer, family guy, singing fool. As my title says, so many websites, so little to say.

This is the story of how I got started learning about the deaf community http://deafpundit.wordpress.com/2007/05/05/subtitling-moviesvlogs/

I have been learning ASL through Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services http://deafhhs.org. They put up a picture of me now that I’m on the board. http://deafhhs.org/who.php

The rest of my Web World can be found through Google, or through my home page at http://billcreswell.com/ 

Inspirational Quote:

A young violinist was giving a concert one day
in front of a large crowd. He ended his concert
with a flourish, and all the people stood up and
applauded, shouting, “Bravo! Bravo! What a
performance!” But the young man put his head
down. As the people continued to clap, his eyes
began to fill with tears. There was no smile on
his face.
All of a sudden as the applause began to die, an
old man sitting up in the balcony stood up and
began to clap. As soon as the violinist saw that, a
smile came across his face. He wiped the tears
from his eyes. He smiled and held up his violin
and walked off the stage.
A man in the wings said, “Why were you were
sad when the people stood up, but when that old
man stood up, you became glad again?”
“Because the old man was my violin teacher,”
the young musician explained, “and unless he
stood up, my concert would have been a failure,
because he is the only one who knows exactly
how each piece is supposed to be played. It does
not matter whether the people stand and
applaud . . . “
My friend, unless God is standing and
applauding, we really haven’t done anything.
Don’t be fooled by people’s applause. Make sure
that Jesus Christ says…
“Well done, good and faithful servant.”


You can catch me singing on the internet, sometimes in the choir (look for the mouth wide open in the second row tenors), sometimes on the praise team (ditto on stage), at http://calvary-church.net, look for the listen live on Sundays.

A favorite song by Keith Green says a lot.
Vodpod videos no longer available.

37 thoughts on “About

  1. You are awesome!! Wish there’s more people like you out there!! Keep up with whatever you are doing for us, Deaf Community. Thumbs up!
    Many thanks for putting captions on trailers so we will know what it’s all about and see if it’s good to see a movie or buy dvd.


  2. Oh Bill! I’m so delighted to stumble upon your website- you volunteer to put caption on the trailers. You are an ANGEL.

    I can’t thank you enough, Deaf community is delighted. Thank you sooo much.

    Bless you!


  3. Bill, many thanks for your help with putting closed captions. Wish there are many folks like you doing that. You are the first step, others will follow you.


  4. Bill, My ASL teacher, Mo sent me this website link. You are awesome! Thank you so much for the work you are doing on behalf of the deaf and hard of hearing. I’ll be checking in to see what’s new and looking forward to seeing you again soon and getting another practice ASL session in with you!


  5. I apologize for sending this message through your website. Wish I had your e-mail address. I’ve been admiring your work for quite a while now.

    Thought you might be interested to learn about the launch of the CaptionsOn website.

    Press release is at http://www.captionson.com/news_1.asp.

    VITAC launched a national awareness campaign to heighten the general public’s understanding of the benefits high quality closed captions on all media and help viewers easily communicate with all the service providers who touch caption delivery. Highlights include:

    * A short video video describing the many benefits and needs for captioning.
    * User-friendly information and resources for all audiences.
    * The CaptionsON challenge, a solicitation for real life stories about the impact captions make on individual lives.
    * An offer of pro-bono captioning for nonprofit organizations through June 8, 2008.
    * A vehicle for registering television captioning feedback, called the Viewer Relations Bureau (VRB), that provide viewers a vehicle to communicate issues to the appropriate network, local station/affiliate and cable or satellite provider — all part of the caption distribution chain.

    If you find any problems with the site, particularly missing networks or cable companies on the VRB, contact Heather York at VITAC: 703-807-2763 or Heather-y@vitac.com.

    P.S. One of your articles is listed in their News Center at http://www.captionson.com/news.asp.


    Rosaline Hayes Crawford, Esq.
    Director, Law and Advocacy Center
    National Association of the Deaf
    8630 Fenton Street, Suite 820
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    (301) 587-7730 (V/TTY)
    VP by Appointment
    (301) 587-1791 (Fax)


  6. from australia here – great stuff bill, youre doing an awesome job, i cant say enough about what youre doing, there should be more people like you!!
    keep up the good work (with your ASL learning) and dont let the detractors get to you.


  7. I agree with kate, add “Rock Star” to your list of titles. Bill, thank you for captioning! All of my friends (some deaf, some hearing) enjoy your website, and it makes online shows accessible for me and for others. Your support is excellent and know that you are welcome to any Deaf events, wherever you live!


  8. I came across your site today while browsing. I loved watching the captioned trailers. Now I want to see Twilight! With your links, I found a local theater that is going to have Twilight with CC! yay! Now I’m going to go!

    By the way your link to “Cineplex Canada CC Listings” is in error as you have the code as “http://http://….” so you need to fix it and it’ll work.

    I’ve bookmarked your page and will definitely keep coming back!
    Many thanks!


  9. Bill-

    Question for you- I downloaded an episode of Supernatural on I-Tunes and the show is not captioned/subtitled. I discovered there is something called Movcaptioner but its for Mac only. Is there something else for PC- Windows Vista what would allow me to add caption (along with a provided transcript)?Thanks for your help either way.



  10. Hi Beth – Subtitle Workshop is the program I use for creating subtitles on a pc.
    http://www.divxland.org/subtitler.php this one looks good to, and looks to have a better import feature, but I haven’t tried it yet.

    You may want to check to see if someone has already created subtitles for the movie also – I have never done it myself, but there are “DivX subtitles” already created for Supernatural episodes – Google Search


  11. I see you’re married. I married 3 times. All hearing guys. People tell me to marry a Deaf guy. Where is he? The one I could think of is a Gally Graduate of the 60s or 70s and owns hotels in Italy. Rest of them are married. Married to hearing gals. How weird is that??????


  12. Divorce can be prevented by stubbornness, but what makes a good marriage is more mysterious. Love, honor, respect/being lovable, honorable and respectable?

    In my case, I married a good woman – got it right on the second try.

    I don’t not believe that the state of anyone’s hearing is the determining factor in marital success – but I don’t know it all. I just know I love my wife!


  13. Hi Bill!
    Just wanted to drop a note to say THANK YOU! I’m from the 80’s, but enjoy the 90’s and 2000 music so being able to see captions for some of my music favorites is awesome! and I agree with some of the other posts: the captioned movie trailers gives us the opportunity to see what the hype is all about and get into conversations knowing that info (before I’d have to ask hearing colleagues what its about/what they said). Keep up the great work!


  14. Bill is there a chance U might be able to CC a few Gary Lewis and the Playboy music videos ?? His music was from the late 50’s and 60’s ( ok my age is showing LOL ) these are singles not a whole album 😀


    • Yep – And in searching for that, I found some more greats – Fats Domino, Janis Joplin, Everly Brothers, Bill Haley, Sam the Sham, Manfred Mann, Chuck Berry…
      so more classics coming up.


  15. Bill,

    I don’t have *tons* of time (who does?), but would love to help out periodically, if you accept help…

    I see that there are some standards to follow and so forth, but before I go to all that work, I already know I do NOT want to maintain a website. Do you accept help? Perhaps there’s some way I could work on a short item or two (like trailers or commercials) to start, and let you review and/or post ’em? If you do accept help (or would consider it), let me know!


  16. Hey, Bill.
    I don’t know if you remember me (I did the Marlee Read my Hips GIF).
    I wanted to let you know about this video:

    I thought it might be of interest for your blog. I would also like you to email me to get to talk about collaborations between our websites. 🙂 Let me know!


  17. Hi, Bill.

    Thanks for the heads-up on captioningtheword.com. I’ll check it out after typing this message. As a freelance offline captioner, I was surprised to learn recently how few online religious videos are captioned (other than laughably so by “auto-cap”). That’s why I’ve started captioningforchurches.com. My plan is to applaud churches for their inclusiveness, but to remind them that inclusiveness should be their policy for the deaf as well.

    Brian Quass


  18. Thanks, Bill! I would love to be added to such a list. For my part, I’m going to start a page of captioning resources on my captionsfortheweb and captioningforchurches sites, where I hope to link to interesting sites like yours. Meanwhile, I continue trying to get churches to caption their online videos. I’ve come up with the following new short paragraph that I hope will encourage them to do so. Thought I’d paste it below in case you might be interested….

    A special word for churches: Keep in mind that some of the deaf friends that you can generate through closed-captioning your videos may become members of your congregation, giving you more power as a church to be still more inclusive. The idea here is not to grudgingly supply captioning to a handful of remote deaf viewers that you’ll probably never hear from, but rather to grow your congregation through the very process of this gesture of inclusiveness. Far from being a burden on your congregation then, closed-captioning should be seen as a way for you to grow your religious community, if not inside the brick and mortar church itself then certainly in cyberspace. Approach the concept of closed-captioning in this spirit — as an opportunity for outreach — and you may turn an apparent financial burden into a promising avenue of growth.

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