Will

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I have been around since the founding, am interested in the intersection of technology and creativity and make and repair software for a living.

Prime Directives:

  • Have Fun
    • Play is as important as work
    • Not everything has to have a higher purpose
  • Embrace Kaizen
    • Always be improving your skills
    • Always be documenting
    • Leave things cleaner and more organized than when you started

Current Obsessions

This category is really exciting my need to inventory and is destined to grow more branches and leaves

  • Coffee
  • Science Fiction (SF, not Sci Fi, dammit!)
    • Phil Dick
    • Cyberpunk from way back
      • William Gibson
      • Bruce Sterling
      • Rudy Rucker
      • Neal Stephenson
      • Blade Runner
    • Existential Horror
      • Lovecraft
      • Peter Watts
      • Alien
    • New Space Opera
      • Alestair Reynolds
    • More SF to come…
  • Music, Sound, and Noise
    • Keyboards and Synthesizers
    • Noise
      • Means
        • Devices, pedals, and gadgets
        • Electroacoustic/digital hybrids like the Emitters
        • Computer generated with Max/MSP, Pure Data
      • Venues
        • Live improvised performance - what I generally do
        • Recording - not so much
    • Singing - I kill
  • Automata
  • Complexity
  • Worst Case Scenarios
  • Best Case Scenarios
  • Bicycles
  • Making
  • Science
  • Space Travel
  • Worst Case Scenarios
  • Best Case Scenarios
  • Far out theories

Skills and Infrastructure

  • Computing
    • OSes
      • Mac OS X - currently Mavericks, on desktops
        • Launchbar - launching apps from the keyboard
        • Total Terminal - was Visor, an always available command line
        • Total Finder - like a Visor for graphical file browsing
        • Divvy - keyboard based window paning
        • HomeBrew - compiling and installing open source software
        • Keyboard Fu - not software, wetware
      • Linux - servers
      • Windows - Windows XP and 7, resisting windows 8, use for games or when forced to
    • Hardware
      • Mac Hardware - Specialize in used - haven't bought new in a while
        • Mac Pros - the classic aluminum expandable tower form factor, not the closed "trash can"
          • Mac Pro 1.1
          • Mac Pro 4.1
        • Desktops
      • Quicksilver - retired
      • Blue and White - retired
      • Mini - destined to be repurposes as a low power home server
        • Laptops
          • Late 2011 Macbook Pro 8.3 - current
          • Mid 2009 - deceased
          • Pismo - deceased
      • PC hardware
        • Ancient P5 ATX tower - retired
        • Boot camp on Mac Pro 1.1
        • Boot camp on Mac Laptop (need to migrate)
  • Programming
    • Languages Used - in order of current usage level
      • Javascript - starting to get very serious about this one
      • Perl
      • SQL
      • Max/MSP, Pure Data - visual, not semantic programming useful for video and sound
      • Arduino / Processing - ramping these up for the wearable electronics
      • Java - can't believe I used to love it
      • Bash
      • C Shell
      • Ruby
      • Objective C
      • C
      • C++
      • Pascal
      • Basic
    • Languages of interest - slated for future acquisition
      • Functional Languages like Haskell
      • Python
  • CAD
    • 3D Studio Max - long, long ago
    • Tinkercad - my first 3D printing project
    • OpenSCAD - Next several projects
    • Fusion 360 - Learning
    • Autocad - Learning

Projects

This I intend to flesh out and make the major feature of my page with statuses, sound, video, etc.

  • Smart Bicycle Jacket
  • Emitters
  • 2nd Generation Emitters
  • Programmable effects box
  • Hubbub