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Three short tracks from our improv session last week to help put a Spring in your step.
From live improv. session, Mar. 9th: Dylan Phan - keyboards, software synths Mark Lentczner - Novation Circuit, software synths Stefan Rimola - keyboards, software synths Track "See" follows directly after "Bee" w/o gap. re-mixed and mastered by Mark in Ableton Live.
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One last musical bit for 2015...
A "deadline inspired" short work I wrote over vacation.
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I just want to note that +The New York Times is running this as a headline. About a terrorist. 

I've got a more serious article brewing in my head about the entire situation – not merely the attack in Colorado Springs, but the attack in Minneapolis a week before, and the fact that there's a rising tide of terrorism within the US which both the media and the government seem determined to ignore – but that's not for tonight.

Right now, I just want to point out that when members of the radicalized far right in the US commit terrorist acts, they get human-interest pieces about their lives. Compare this, for a moment, to the stories we get when Muslims commit terrorist acts abroad (since they almost never do in the US): "should we expel all refugees?" Or the stories when an unarmed black man is gunned down, analyzing what he did that made someone shoot him.

And note that the radicalized far right has been the source of nearly all the terrorist attacks in the US for the past century and a half: the exceptions can be counted. (Anarchist and communist terrorism in the early 20th century; a few incidents from the radicalized far left in the 1960's; and 9/11) Yet this is how we choose to set our priorities.

Nor is the NYT alone in this; we have the Washington Post with the headline "Alleged Colorado gunman was adrift and alienated," showing off the editor's tic of saying "alleged" as an apotropaic talisman against libel suits; mercifully, that article is about how it was quite clear that he was a frightening and dangerous person for some time. But the article immediately next to it explains that "not until much more is known about alleged gunman Robert Lewis Dear Jr. and his motivations will the political implications of his actions become clear." (Have you ever seen this applied to a terrorist act elsewhere? Whence this benefit of the doubt?)

I won't even describe what's going on in the right-wing press, or on Twitter; look in to that particular pit of despair at your own risk. Let's just say that it's clear that there's a substantial fraction of the population which favors terrorism as well, and the news media is apparently split between "beholden to them" and "pusillanimous."

If I had not already been disappointed nearly beyond repair at the common sense of the editorial teams of many of our major newspapers, this would have done me in. 
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Donald Trump is disgusting. I used to think he was just a self absorbed buffoon, but this is just vile.

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This saved my butt today... No idea why my Mac got into a reboot-to-reset-your-password loop, but this fixed it.
OS X Yosemite has a nifty troublesome password reset screen you can access by turning your computer off and back on from the login screen. However, once you do this, there is no way out. The "Reset Password" boot wizard...
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pics from my birthday trip to L.A. to see Dracula.
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Watch the debates w/Bernie! His twitter stream is great.
Anyone on the stage, maybe just maybe, think we might want to pass comprehensive immigration reform and a path toward citizenship? Anyone? 996 1416. Bernie Sanders · 8m8 minutes ago. Bernie Sanders @BernieSanders. Rich get richer. Median fmly income $5k less than in 1999.
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If you're going to post about Macaroons and Macarons... Do your homework. I suggest you start here:
Parisian macarons, astute Slate readers have surely noticed, are everywhere—not only in French-style patisseries but also at such mainstream purveyors as T
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#blackfriday - Well, black-n-white I guess!
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Hey Mark, will you guys be at home some time tomorrow? We'll probably be taking the monster for a walk in your general direction, and we thought about stopping in to see you guys. Think I know exactly which house is yours based on the description you gave me last time you came to visit.
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Some techno-ish-edm tracks, recorded live this week from an improve collaboration between myself and a friend.
Max Nash on Electrons (Machinedrum & Analog Four) Mark Lentczner on Novation Circuit All material played live, using only the instruments' built-in effects. Ableton Live used to splice out some sections, fade in/out at ends, and some overall fixed EQ and compression. This is otherwise exactly as improvised live.
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I'd like to give that a try someday.  I'm familiar with how, during improvisation, I can stumble into interesting harmonies and melodies just by serendipity.  But strangely I've somehow never tried that with a synthesizer, with modifying the sounds.  I imagine you would stumble into interesting sounds in the same kind of way.  The other problem I have with improvisation is that those things come and go... and stay gone.  An electronic instrument can easily be always recording so you can keep those things.  Also the >1 person thing... I've never gotten improvisation to work with anything more just me by myself.  Of course I haven't had much (any?) opportunity to try.

There's definitely a "learn the instrument" kind of skill to thinking about something or some modification, and then being able to translate that into the device at hand without making so many mistakes the thing you were thinking of gets muddled and lost.
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Let’s face it: The Transportation Security Administration, which annually costs taxpayers more than $7 billion, should never have been created.
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They missed my metal bottle of water. A lot of people were recklessly endangered.
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It'd be nice to see what's going on on the keypad a little clearer (darker exposure).
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