What Tau Sounds Like

The same fellow who presented us with “This is what Pi Sounds Like”, musician Michael Blake  interprets the mathematical constant Tau to 126 decimal places. So you know the rules.  For those geeks among us, here is Wikipedia’s definition of Tau: Tau (uppercase Τ, lowercase τ; Greek: Ταυ [ˈtaf]) is the 19th letter of the…

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Friday Noise ~ the Piano

Luv this pic and running to another meeting. This post will have to do for today: lisman_piano_057 @ Flickr.com

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Microsoft Jazz Band at Big Daddy’s ~ 2010

One of the unexpected pleasures of working at a world-class company is working with some very talented and smart people. Many of my friends play musical instruments so a number of years ago I put together the Microsoft Jazz Band. This year was the highlight, for me, of our playing career when local music luminaries…

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Taking a week off…

I’m taking the rest of the week off to be with family, celebrate yet another birthday and pull off what may be the best concert event of my music career. I started the Microsoft Jazz Band six years ago and it has grown to be the best band that I play in. This Thursday, 8…

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Microsoft Careers JobsBlog

Revisited the Microsoft Careers JobsBlog following a link from another site and was reminded once again how much I like it. They say this about this blog: “Welcome to Microsoft’s JobsBlog, an inside look at what it’s like here … all the way from the application and interview process to being a Microsoftie yourself. Most…

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Lester Young – Blues for Greasy (1950)

From YouTube, how ‘bout a little Friday jazz. It’s been that kind of week. Life Magazine photographer Gjon Mili joined with jazz producer and Verve-label owner Norman Granz to produce the short film "Jammin ‘ the Blues" in 1944 with Lester Young, Red Callendar, Harry Edison, "Big" Sid Catlett, Illinois Jacquet, Barney Kessel, Jo Jones…

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Windows Live Movie Maker – It Just Works

I have been using Windows Live Movie Maker for a while now. It was free and just works. You can see an example of the result here in the Uploads window. Every one of these 49 movies were made with the beta Movie Maker program. I just bought a pricy competitor’s program to see if…

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Microsoft Orchestra, a Summer concert in Seattle

  Enjoy a Microsoft Orchestra Summer concert at the Ballard Locks on a Sunny Seattle day. I had so many friends in this group which in the last six years has gone from a scary-small 25 to an impressive 82 musicians. And I forgot a pivotal piece of the camera tripod so I had the…

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Inaugural Combo Impresses

I was watching the Air and Simple Gifts composition at the inauguration of Barack Obama yesterday. (Thanks boss.) John Williams composed this song explicitly for the inauguration performed by Itzhak Perlman on violin, Yo-Yo Ma on bass, Anthony Mcgill on clarinet, Gabriela Montero on piano. The Leblanc company was so proud that Anthony played using…

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A Microsoft Weekend – Professor Gadget Sax Quartet

I have been kinda putting together and taking apart a sax quartet for a while now and this incarnation resulted in two videos being taken during a sight reading session. I’ve been all over the place with the names for this group from ‘the Bis Keys’ to ‘Inspector Gadget. The players this time are all…

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