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We won! A thing! We won a thing!
Sun, 26 Jun 2022
Shezam has won an Allan Slaight Award for exceptionally creative and innovative work in the study of magic. It means nothing to normal people but it's kind of a big deal for us to be recognized in this way.

I joined Shezam a year after it premiered because I believe in its mission and want to help it succeed. Of course if we were truly successful then we'd be obsolete, but I hope to be a part of Shezam for as long as it is needed.

You can read about the award here: https://www.magicana.com/news/blog/sharing-secrets-2022-part-1

Classic American Meat Loaf Cabaret
Sun, 10 Apr 2022


Doing a show. I told everyone I'll be doing something outrageous. Read into that what you will.
Making Life Better, One Keytar at a Time
Thu, 17 Feb 2022
I've had piano keyboard instruments most of my life, in particular a Yamaha PSR-290 I bought twenty years ago, but I'd never really learned to play. I knew where the notes were, of course, but chords? What are those? But I had it around for whenever I wanted a synth sound, and I could pick out whatever notes I needed for that day's recording session.

Fast forward to two years ago when I start actually learning to play, and I just fell in love with piano. So much so that I feel I may have been a pianist all my life and I just never knew. So now I care about it, but the Yamaha is just so big. I know I'm not going to be an all-out for reals piano player, and I rarely venture outside of two octaves, so 61 keys is too many.

But I'm also reluctant to spend a lot of money, and the only good synths - with a good piano sound - that were around 32-41 keys were way expensive. I found lots of MIDI controllers, but I still want something self-contained.

Enter Adam Rabin and his clearing out old stuff he doesn't use anymore, which included a Roland keytar. In my searches, I hadn't even considered that as an option. Plop it on a desk instead of around your neck, and it's the perfect space-saving synth. I am gloriously happy with it.

Now I just need to get rid of the Yamaha, lest I start becoming a collector of synthesizers. (Nothing against those people, I just don't want more things in my life.)
MP3 Of The Undefined Time Period
Wordle
In a three-person chat, we were discussing what words we use to start Wordle games, one of us having written a program to solve it. The lyrics of this come directly from that chat.

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