how to be a rock star

Lesson One Stop caring about what other people think of you. Lesson Two While nervousness proves a real, honest challenge, never let it show! Lesson Three Make it look easy. Lesson Four Be prepared! Strings break, equipment fails, batteries die, and sound systems and room acoustics often suck. Be prepared! Lesson Five The show must […]

fans control the music: using AI to measure fan enthusiasm at EDC

We invented technology to enhance the fan/performer connection. Vote for Team Ambience at EDC! DJs and more traditional musicians require realtime audience feedback during performances. However, often we cannot see our audience—their movement, their facial expressions, etc.—during shows due to stage lighting. Therefore we cannot gauge their enthusiasm, and therefore cannot alter our performance to respond. […]

“cool” as information flow

“Coolness” is a measure of creative information’s degree of flow through a social network. Individuals merely channel and contribute to this flow as it progresses through such networks, they do not contain or retain coolness within themselves. However some individuals prove more receptive to the incoming information and more effective at transmitting it forward than […]

Grrl on Grrl Podcast interviewed me!

Today my interview with Grrl on Grrl Podcast came out!  We discuss, among other things, The science of gender identity The music of Axis Evil “Ladylike” behavior as a source of personal empowerment Cultural appropriation Psychosexuality Model minorities Big thanks to June Owatari of Grrl on Grrl Podcast for working so hard to put this […]

make an intent board

Optimism is a skill. A simple exercise that strengthens your focus and direction involves creating an “intent board”, also called a “dream board” or a “vision board”. These serve me well in life! Basically, you make a poster, or in my case a Pinterest board, called “Intent” and fill it with images that speak to […]

two years and seven love songs (with lyrics)

Axis Evil, the musical arm of this outreach effort, turns two years old this Valentine’s Day. As the project music started out of romantic frustration (with the song “Talk”), I thought I’d post the seven love songs I have written in the last two years. Also, I intend to reference these as a group in […]

new song: “Stunt Double (You Will Always Be My Friend)”

Recording Stunt Double (You Will Always Be My Friend) by Axis Evil How I Recorded It I recorded this in my RV using GarageBand and a USB audio interface, pictured below. Played with a guitar slide and ran the resulting signal through GarageBand’s sitar emulator to produce the ghostly, bluesy sound. Lyrics A stunt-double in […]

draft lyrics: “Gutter Priestess”

Mystic in a concrete kingdom Sensitive and ambitious A live-wire and its conduit Bold and powerless in transmission Mystic in a concrete kingdom We dwell in grandiosity In this existential wasteland We dwell in poverty Light up your Joules per second Eject your free energy Spike that ball and give it to me Priestess in […]