It’s April 1st, and here in California, we’ve been under mandatory orders to reduce our social contact for about 2 weeks. Several counties & cities started implementing social distancing responses to the COVID-19 pandemic a few days to a week ahead of the state decree.

I’m not going to try to predict what’s going to happen long-term, but I do believe we’re about to see an explosive growth in COVID-19 cases and deaths in the next few weeks nationwide, and eventually worldwide. …

Last week, I went out to my friendly local music store (Instrumental Music, for you Santa Barbara/Ventura folks), and I bought this:

Look at all the knobs and levers!

It’s a Korg Minilogue, a digitally-controlled, analog synthesizer. And I think it’s a great first synthesizer for someone like me, who’s keenly interested in music and synthesis, but isn’t a “serious musician”, at least not yet.

Why did I buy a synthesizer?

I have always loved playing with sound, but for a variety of reasons, I have never learned how to play a musical instrument. I just kind of stopped learning about music after 6th grade music class. I can still more or less…

So, what is it?

Disney announced a few months back that they’d be running a game, centered around the Haunted Mansion, where 999 players could sign up to receive 3 boxes of “haunted artifacts”, one per month, and use them, along with an iPhone app, to solve a mystery. Given that I’m a huge Haunted Mansion fan, I pretty much had to sign up for this.

The first box arrived a couple of days ago, and I have to say, I’m pretty impressed so far. There will be spoilers below for the contents of the box, and the clues in…

Some time late last year, one of my Facebook “friends” (actually a friend of a friend) shared this picture on their timeline:


Along with this image, they said something like “I think whatever side of the debate you’re on, we can all agree this is funny”.

Actually, no — when “one side” is people who just want to be treated like human beings, and the “other side” is people who want to oppress the first group of people (and in some cases, literally want them dead), I’m pretty sure that things like this fall squarely into the category of “only…

Mark Bessey

Mac OS X and iOS software developer. I love learning new things and making software that people love to use.

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