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My 5th album, Something’s Missing, is available everywhere!

My 5th full release, Something’s Missing, is now available on most streaming and purchase services. This has taken a little over a yea...

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My 4th album, Virgin, is out!

My 4th full release album, Virgin, is out and available on all the major streaming and downloading services. You can get links to the most c...

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My new album Robot Sex is available everywhere!

It’s finally done – Robot Sex is out there and ready for you to listen to on your favorite services.   You can grab the album direc...

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“Spring Rolls” is available on CD Baby, iTunes and Spotify!

My new album Spring Rolls is available now on CD Baby at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/alephnaughtandthenullset4 You can find it on iTunes at: h...

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My album Parallel Lines is now available on CD Baby and iTunes!

My latest album is out, “Parallel Lines.” My music is influenced by various genres. I recorded this album at home. You can find ...

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Download “Countably Infinite and Completely Empty” now!

Finally had time to finish my new album, “Countably Infinite and Completely Empty.” You can download a zip of the MP3 files and ...

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How @purplehayz tweets

Introduction This post was started because I get asked regularly if I ever sleep. I do, typically from 10P Pacific time til about 4:30A each...

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We bought a house

We finally bought a house in SoCal – its not as close to Los Angeles as we wanted (its in Woodland Hills), but its big and its ours; 5...

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ComicCon 2009, Thursday: Pictures

My son Nathan and I attended the Thursday opening of ComicCon 2009; we had a great time, we walked the whole exhibit hall floor. I got a cou...

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Make your very own IC earring

My geekiest fashion accessory is my IC earring; I’ve made several because friends have asked (sometimes demanded!) them.  I’v...

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Microsoft Secrets: How the World’s Most Powerful Software Company Creates Technology, Shapes Markets, and Manages People

Title: Microsoft Secrets: How the World’s Most Powerful Software Company Creates Technology, Shapes Markets, and Manages People Author: Michael A. Cusumano Paperback: 528 pages Publisher: Free Press (December 4, 1998) ISBN: 0684855313 This is a page of stuff copied from this book that I thought was interesting dealing with project/people management. Running a large team […]

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Three books on creativity

I have an active interest in creativity, and here are three books I read (pretty much in a row) on the subject: The Creative Mind: Myths and Mechanisms , Margaret A. Boden, BasicBooks, 1992, 0-465-01451-8 Software Creativity , Robert L. Glass, Prentice-Hall, 1995, 0-13-147364-6 Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Business Creativity for the 90s , Michael […]

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Creativity

I’m interested in creativity and here are some books I recommend on the subject.

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Aligning the Stars

Title: Aligning the Stars Author: Jay W. Lorsch, Thomas J. Tierney Hardcover: 240 pages Publisher: Harvard Business School Press; 1st edition (April 26, 2002) ISBN: 1578515130 This book is about how to align top performers in a professional services company. The PSF (Professional Services Firm) business model is based on helping the client make money, […]

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Software Craftsmanship: the New Imperative

Title: Software Craftsmanship: the New Imperative Author: Pete McBreen Paperback: 192 pages Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1st edition (August 23, 2001) ISBN: 0201733862 I had been looking for a book that captured some of the ideas that had been revolving round my head for the last couple of years.  I’ve been involved with a few software […]

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Death March

Title: Death March Author: Edward Yourdon Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR; 2 edition (December 7, 2003) ISBN: 013143635X Two things of interest I found in Death March by Edward Yourdan: Formal risk management — This is a concept I’ll discuss later in this chapter. Agreement on interfaces — hardware interfaces, software interfaces, and […]

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Human Error

Title: Human Error Author: James Reason Paperback: 316 pages Publisher: Cambridge University Press (October 26, 1990) Language: English ISBN: 052131419 Overview This book is very academic, but does have useful information about the reasons people make mistakes and how to categorize them. This kind of information is crucial for understanding how to make software more […]

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Under Pressure and On Time

Title: Under Pressure and On Time Author: Ed Sullivan Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (April 4, 2001) Language: English ISBN: 073561184 Under defining requirements (p. 143), Ed suggests defining general requirements and then more and more specific sub-requirements. Then, on p. 150, Ed draws a rectangle for categorizing requirements (pp. 148 ­ […]

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Bang! Getting Your Message Heard in a Noisy World

Title: Bang! Getting Your Message Heard in a Noisy World Author: Linda Kaplan Thaler, Robin Koval Paperback: 256 pages Publisher: Currency (January 18, 2005) ISBN: 0385508174 This is a brief report on my attendance at a Company of Friends discussion of the book Bang!: Getting Your Message Heard in a Noisy World. In addition to […]

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Recent events

My mom turned 80 last Monday. My sister Hart arranged a nice dinner Saturday night – my son Nathan got to attend also, which was really cool. Sunday, we had a party at her church and about 60 people helped us wish her a happy birthday – it was a surprise, and was mom ever […]