A red-ruffed lemur at the National Zoo.
Above: A red-ruffed lemur at the National Zoo in Washington, DC.

“Elfin John” is John Williams but not that one, this one makes the web

The Korg Monotron Delay

Jan 4, 2020 Say “hello” to my little synth

Although not particularly versatile as an instrument, the Korg Monotron Delay can make some fun, irritating noises.
Open books spread out on a table.

May 11, 2019 What studying the humanities taught me about software development

At its heart, “Agile” is just the technology industry learning how to work like artists.
My Casio VL-Tone

Apr 13, 2019 My first instrument: the Casio VL-Tone (VL-1)

Although this tiny instrument doesn't look like much, it entertained me for hours.
Black and white photo of Louis Prima

Oct 19, 2018 Louis Prima: The Wildest!

I know Lois Armstrong, Mel Tormé, Dizzy Gillespie — somehow I missed hearing about Louis Prima.
A close-up of a screech owl.

Aug 18, 2018 Representation

Cis white men are losing their grip on the representation of themselves and others in our media.
Promotional shot of the Marantz MPH-4 studio headphones, large over-the-ear style.

May 18, 2018 My favorite headphones

Hearing loss changes how I evaluate headphones. My current favorite is a happy accident.
Single cover for Kon Kan's 'I Beg Your Pardon', released in 1989.

May 6, 2018 Kon Kan: I beg your pardon

When I think about music, I think about it in two periods. There’s before Kon Kan, and then there’s after Kon Kan.

Apr 19, 2018 What responsive design can teach us about accessiblity

Developing for accessibility becomes easier when we stop thinking about disabilities in a clincal fashion.
View of a modern shopping complex with dark clouds in the distance.

Feb 25, 2018 Marketing abandoned ethics and it’s destroying us

Ad networks, niche targeting, and cost-per-click combine to polarize a nation.

Contents © their respective publication dates or 2019. This John Williams did not write the theme to Star Wars. “Elfin John” was originally a Tim Conway character.