My day job has been off the charts in 2021. Barely six weeks into the year and I’ve engaged in as many projects as I had in 2020, which then … Continue reading Simplifying
Random brief thoughts and ideas with no particular focus.
After literally years of reading specs, analyzing images, pouring over reviews and, well, dithering, I finally picked up a long lens for my Sony A6600 to capture the distant beauty … Continue reading Sigma DN 100-400mm
Systemic political Pyrrhic victories won upon extremism, regardless of ideology, are tearing down this nation. With basic civility vaporized, checks-and-balances laid waste, and the fourth estate’s credibility deconstructed, we have … Continue reading American Politics 2020
February 2020 seems like a lifetime away in a low travel, COVID-19 world.
I stumbled across this piece entitled “How to be productive when everyone you work with is in a different time zone,” and found it an interesting read. Here’s an excerpt: … Continue reading Getting things done across time zones
On December 30, 2019, I found this piece entitled “This 4k Video Shows What A Backdraft Looks Like In Slow Motion” an interesting read. Here’s an excerpt: If you stop … Continue reading A Backdraft in Slowmo
If you’ve ever seen my office (shown in the photo above), you’ll find that it is filled with gizmos, toys, musical instruments, gadgets, books and a variety of odd and … Continue reading Has my office gone Hollywood?
About a year or so ago, I stumbled across a blog post by Dan Bieler, Principal Analyst at Forrester, who resurfaced an often missed truth: “innovation requires a culture of … Continue reading Natural Triad: Innovation, Diversity & Inclusion
Don’t know what to do with an old lava lamp? How about several? A while back I found this piece entitled “Fluid Dynamics: How a Wall of Lava Lamps Helps … Continue reading Lava Lamps & Encryption
Yesterday marked my last day at Blackboard. It was an incredible experience meeting and working with so many great people over the years who genuinely care about students, learners and … Continue reading Last Day at Blackboard
I found this piece entitled “Listen to the Falcon Heavy’s thunderous launch in 3D audio“, which if you follow the listening instructions, is pretty incredible. Here’s an excerpt: Watching Falcon … Continue reading Falcon Heavy in 3D audio
Discussions around improving the student experience are becoming more common across higher education, which has been an area of focus of my work over the years. Some efforts have been … Continue reading Shifting a university’s student experience
I admit it, I like vintage synths. Now I don’t have a DX7, but the fact these patches are out on the internet is simply great (and maybe I’ll get … Continue reading Brian Eno’s classic DX7 patches
In my foray into 3d printing, I’ve been looking to traditional woodworking for ideas. I found this piece entitled “Japanese Joinery: Captivating Gifs Reveal Ancient Secrets of Wood Assembly” an … Continue reading “Japanese Joinery: Captivating Gifs Reveal Ancient Secrets of Wood Assembly”
Today marks the release of my second full-length album, “Eight” by Thirty Second Complex. Where my EP, “Midway,” from last fall seemed like an ending, “Eight” feels like a reboot … Continue reading New Album: “Eight”
At the end of May, a much anticipated package from the Czech Republic arrived at my home. Inside the rather dense box was a well-packed Prusa i3 mk2s 3D printer … Continue reading Thoughts on building a Prusa i3 mk2s 3D printer
The EL backlight behind the LCD on my D-550 was dead. It was dead when I received it off of eBay, and it was probably dead in while in the … Continue reading Replaced the LCD on my Roland D-550
It is hard to believe that I’ve been at Blackboard for six years. I feel like I just walked across the Midway at the University of Chicago for the first … Continue reading Six Years at Blackboard
On July 18, 2016, I found this piece entitled “OM-1 Cassette Tape Synthesizer Is A Gloriously Unique Analog Musical Instrument” an interesting read. Here’s an excerpt: The whole synth world … Continue reading OM-1 Cassette Tape Synthesizer
Throughout my career as a consultant and technology leader, I’ve found that learner success is heavily influenced by the environment that surrounds the student. From the centuries-old colleges and halls … Continue reading Campus Culture