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Pre-Validate, Pre-Validate, Pre-Validate, Pre-Validate!

In previous startup attempts (including Percebe Music's successful launch), I would spend about three months building an MVP to put in front of potential users to find out if it's what they need and how to make it better -- to start the b...

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Pants' Escape - Title Screen

The other day I discovered js-dos, a port of DosBox to javascript! It does require a keyboard, so I don't know of a way to make it work in mobile browsers ...though I haven't tried connecting a keyboard to my phone to use it, but sounds a bit overkill.

Anyway, so what is the best use of DOS...

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Level 2 In the game of starting up a business, it's best to know people want to pay for something before you invest your resources into building it. This is often spoken of as a problem and solution: the customer -- either consumers or other businesses -- has a problem, a pain point, and your business...

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VR Goggles

Yes I'm actually still here, just quiet the past seven months... Concerning Percebe, there is little new since the last update; it's still an amazing product ("if I do say so myself"...), but it's just going to take time for the piano teachers to realize its ability to accelerate their students'...

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Percebe Facebook Ad

After just over a year in development, Percebe is finally being introduced to thousands of people, via a Facebook ad campaign that just started...about two minutes ago! ...plus however many minutes from the time I wrote this to...yeah. We were planning to launch the campaign about a month ago, b...

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Poetry

Typically when we think of poetry, we picture poetry of regular rhyme and rhythm. For example, eight syllables per line with every other line in rhyme, four lines per stanza. When those poems are put to music, they are often set to music that is similarly very regular, e.g. eight notes per phrase,...

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Kung Fu Panda 3

My family returned recently from a long-distance road trip, and yesterday being our first full day back at home, we ended it with a relaxing family movie night. The kids chose Kung Fu Panda 3, which I had never seen before. Po, the main protagonist, must defeat Kai who has returned from the spir...

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First page of the score

Before the conferences a few weeks ago I didn't have a minute to "flip the burger", working all day, all evening, many late (early?) nights, weekends. But during the week of Thanksgiving, as well as the weekends before and after, I certainly did make the flip, to Joel the mad composer. After c...

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