Software Development Resume
Software Development Skills
Music & Teaching Resume
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I have 30 years of successful experience across all phases of the Software Development Life-Cycle (SDLC).
Peruse the course materials (notes, slides, homework assignments and sample solutions) for the
course in Software Engineering that I taught through:
SO YOU WANT TO BE A CODER: A Survey of Basic Principles of Software Engineering
There is more to Software Engineering than coding -- coding is the easy part.
Starting from scratch, we will survey each of the phases of the Software
Development Life-Cycle (SDLC), focusing on processes and required skills, with
excursions into Data Structures, Algorithms, Design Patterns (and
Anti-Patterns!), Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Mathematics
(Discrete and otherwise), Linguistics and some History of all of the above.
There will be “little coding problems” in several programming languages
as homework assignments. Students will need to have their own computer
(e.g., a laptop or PC) onto which they can download and install software, and
access to the Internet. 8 weekly sessions. For adults and teens.
Peruse the course materials (notes and slides) for the course in Physics and Cosmology
that I taught through the
Millis Recreation Department
from 4/29/2015 to 6/10/2015:
WILSON LOOP TO OMNIVERSE: The Dirty Little Secret of Modern Cosmology
...and the Physics behind it, the math behind the Physics
(there will be Calculus! -- you were warned), and some history of all of
the above. Mostly about Quantum Gravity,
where Einstein's Relativity meets Quantum Weirdness.
Occasionally veering dangerously close to Philosophy, with splashes of
Sci-Fi and Rocket Science. 7 weekly sessions. For adults and teens.
Peruse the course materials (notes, slides, musical examples) for the course in
Music Theory/History that I taught through the
Millis Recreation Department
from 6/30/2014 to 8/11/2014:
SCALES TO SCHENKER: An Introduction to Music Theory
Starting from scratch, we will cover fundamentals of Western music theory
(intervals, notation, rhythm, harmony, form and analysis), with brief excursions
into Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, Mathematics, Linguistics, Music History
(including the 20th and 21st Centuries!) and Music Appreciation, focusing on
orchestral music, chamber music and opera. Some class exercises will involve
group singing. 10 weekly sessions. For adults and teens.
Peruse the lecture notes for a course in Music History that I'm currently working on:
Eight Centuries of the Mass, Including Three Centuries of the Stabat Mater
A brief survey of the history of Western European music from the 14th Century to today, focusing on
the evolution of compositional styles and techniques (harmonic, rhythmic, textural and structural),
as illustrated by comparing and contrasting works by a variety of composers who created innovative
settings for the fixed structures and texts of the Roman Catholic Mass, Requiem Mass and Stabat Mater.
7 weekly sessions.
Peruse my notes, slides and musical examples from a presentation I gave at Brookline High School, through
Brookline Adult & Community Education (BA&CE),
Homer's Odyssey and Its Many Homages
An ode to the Odyssey of "Homer" (or whichever person(s) actually
composed it), and to some of the many works that have been inspired by it over
the subsequent millennia, up to the present day.
Peruse my notes, slides and musical selections from a short talk about
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
that I gave at the
Millis Public Library
in Millis, MA on 12/13/2014:
A Brief Glimpse Into Charles Dickens' Most Famous Story, A Christmas Carol
An introduction to the Victorian-era novelist Charles Dickens’ most famous story:
A Christmas Carol (subtitled A Ghost Story of Christmas), which
was published on December 19, 1843 to immediate popular success and critical acclaim. It is
the story of a bitter, cynical, greedy old rich man named Ebenezer Scrooge who hates
Christmas and all that it stands for, but who, with the help of a few ghosts, undergoes a
miraculous transformation and regains his humanity one fateful Christmas Eve.
Peruse my notes, slides and musical examples from a presentation I gave at the
Science-Fiction / Fantasy Convention in Boston on 1/18/2015:
SHINJUKU TO BUDAYEEN: The Spirits of Cyberpunk Past, Present and Dark Dystopian Future
Ruminations on the Cyberpunk sub-genre of speculative fiction: its precursors (e.g., film noir) and
its many modern mutations (e.g., Steampunk, Biopunk, Seapunk), with short excursions into (post-)Punk Rock
and the upcoming Rise of the Machines.
Peruse my notes and slides from a talk I presented at the
Science-Fiction / Fantasy Convention in Boston in January, 2014:
Politics in Science Fiction
A history (filled with hidden agendas and shameless personal biases) of speculations (mostly in Science Fiction)
about the future of politics, from "somewhere in the 20th Century" to the year 802,701 AD.
Peruse my notes and musical examples for 3 presentations that I'm currently working on:
Lovecraft, O'Brien, Poe: An Eternal Chthonian Braid
Starting with H. P. Lovecraft's "Cthulhu Mythos" and other recurring themes/characters in his work, we will
travel back in time, visiting works of Fitz-James O'Brien and the fantastically innovative Edgar Allan Poe,
as well as earlier volumes of forgotten lore to which they (and we) owe an eternal debt.
DODECAPHONY AND BEYOND: The Road to Pantonality
The roots of Arnold Schoenberg’s (in)famous “12-tone system” of musical composition
go back at least as far as J. S. Bach, with precursors (some would say omens) as
early as the Ars Nova movement of 14th-century France. This talk is a gentle
introduction to the styles of Dodecaphony, Pantonality and Serialialism (and the
counter-revolutions against them) both before and after the “Second Viennese School”
of Schoenberg, Alban Berg and Anton Webern.
Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, Op. 80
Sometimes referred to flippantly as a "first draft for the Ninth Symphony", the Fantasie fur Klavier, Chor und Orchester, Op. 80, is a unique and remarkable piece in its own right. This talk outlines the historical events and earlier works leading up to its composition in 1808, the context (both personal and political) in which Beethoven composed and performed it, and some of the subsequent works, up to the present day, that have been influenced by it.
Listen to my (unfinished)
as "performed" by Sibelius version 5.