I Quit Social Media for a Year and Nothing Magical Happened

I made a resolution in September of 2018 that I would quit social media indefinitely. This seemed to be a good decision because of the literal hundreds of articles detailing gains from the benign better interpersonal relationships to the fantastical I founded a multimillion dollar startup. The truth is somewhere in between, but doesn’t make […]

What I Learned From 1000 Days of Meditation

Why Like most people, I had made a few failed attempts to establish a daily meditation routine. Maybe “a few” is an understatement. I experimented with meditation on and off for about 10 years – typically unable to extend a daily streak past one week or at best one month. These shorter streaks weren’t entirely […]

Some Design Principles for Developing Audio-First VR

“Real Time Whenever Possible” (Title sourced from VR researcher Ge Wang) The modern wave of VR and the cryptocurrency boom rapidly increased GPU development. Stunning 3D graphics can be rendered in realtime on consumer grade computers. Fixed media should no longer be used for technical reasons, it is only to be used in the event […]

Priorities: Sorting Without Sinking

More than almost anything else, grad school is a game of priorities. As a grad student you will undoubtedly come into contact with many people that have extremely dysfunctional priority sets. Arranging priorities in a way that is not advantageous will leave you out to sea without a life raft. Organize your priorities or someone […]

Social Media Subtraction Creativity Boost

I am a social media addict. You probably are too – it’s hijacking your creativity and repackaging it into meaningless beige boxes. Social Media Addiction Litmus Test If you have a social media addiction you may have been offended by my accusation that you have a problem. Since offense is a poor metric for objective […]

STEP AWAY FROM THE DAW: VCV Rack for Vibrational Resonance and Fun

VCV Rack is a software emulation of hardware modular synthesizers. In this article you’ll find an overview of modular synthesis, and a crash course in how to get started right away with VCV Rack. Retro A Moog brand modular synth. Modular synthesis was big in the late 60s and early 70s. A modular synthesizer looks […]

AirPods – Apple’s Dangerous Foray

AirPods were the best selling product at electronics retail giant Best Buy this past year. Apple expects sales to increase by double in 2019. Everybody is wearing them. In a casual walk around my hometown of Long Beach, California, I counted about 1 in 5 in a hipster-frequented area of the city. Despite the inconvenience, […]