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Catalina has been the worst macOS release since Lion.

Looking forward to when they fix all the problems and call it Mountain Catalina.

Anyway, that's all for now. Hope you'll consider taking the class, and regardless hope you all are well and taking care of yourselves! (6/6)

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I've put together a demo video of how the framework at invidio.us/watch?v=vpv686Rasds, which should give some sense of what the class will be about. That said, this video is more of an overview of what the framework can do, rather than a beginner-friendly tutorial, so don't worry if you can't follow it all! (You should be able to do that after taking the class, not before.) (5/6)

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The nature of these classes is going to depend on who expresses interest, so if you're unsure, don't hesitate to shoot me a message! Also, the idea is to make it donation-based; that way, if you are getting value from the class and would like to support me and the work I do, you can, but if you're not in a place to be spending extra money right now you can (and should!) just take it for free. (4/6)

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The nature of these classes is going to depend on who expresses interest, so if you're unsure, don't hesitate to shoot me a message! Also, the idea is to make it donation-based; that way, if you are getting value from the class and would like to support me and the work I do, you can, but if you're not in a place to be spending extra money right now you can (and should!) just take it for free. (4/6)

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To that end, while we are all sheltered in place for the foreseeable future, I'm planning to put together some informal weekly online classes. If you're a composer with no experience programming, this would be a great opportunity to dip your toes in the water. Or, if you do have experience programming, this might be an opportunity to delve more deeply into composing in Python specifically. (3/6)

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It's consciously designed to be very beginner-friendly, while also rich in features for the experienced user. Among other things, I hope for SCAMP to be a tool with which I and others can teach computer-assisted composition. (2/6)

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I've spent the last several years developing a FOSS framework for music composition in Python, called SCAMP (Suite for Computer-Assisted Music in Python) [scamp.marcevanstein.com]. The idea of SCAMP is to act as a hub that flexibly connects the composer-programmer to all their other tools for playback and notation. For instance, it can send a MIDI stream to a virtual instrument, and then generate notation that can be opened in MuseScore, Sibelius, etc. (1/6)

What's the gold standard these days in terms of counterpoint and/or fugue textbooks?

Friendly reminder that sleep is super important to a functioning immune system. It's also good for other reasons :-)

I do this every 2-3 years, and I know that the perspective doesn't last. But to know it's there, to clearly see all of my overstimulation and reactivity, provides a powerful touchstone going forward.

I know there are a lot of people on here who are looking for radically different ways of living and structuring society. This experience is a way of radically upsetting the status quo of your life.

That said, if you're interested, be cautious. Maybe do shorter retreats first...

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I just got back from a week-long silent meditation retreat at insight retreat center in Santa Cruz. The opportunity to let all of the pent up energy and anxieties play themselves out and gradually unravel for a week is so powerful. I'm finding myself able to approach human interactions with so much less baggage, and feel the impact of my environment so much more directly. It's a rather intense experience, but offers such a powerful change in perspective.

Bojack 

Finally got through Bojack, and I'm so impressed. I think a lot about how we tell ourselves stories in every aspect of our lives, and how these stories both give us meaning and run the risk of oversimplifying the complexity and chaos of reality. Bojack does a great job of creative compelling narrative without tying anything up in too pretty of a bow.

Music recommendation 

Finally got around to listening to this piece. It's really something. youtu.be/Y-lMohxjVeY

Economics 

(8/8) Okay, that's all! I just found the conversation very clarifying, so thought I would share. :-) Hope you have a great day, and that you do something today to contribute to the kind of economy and society that you want to see in the future.

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Economics 

(7/n) Such a restructuring would surely have an enormous effect on GDP, but, up or down, it's pretty much meaningless, since it's a comparison between differently structured economies. And in the meantime, I'm going to spend my money on artists and craftspeople, on a personal trainer, and on organizations working to help create a better world. This supports the economy, but more importantly, it supports the part of the economy that I want to see grow.

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