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Some New Jams, and a Teeeeny Sneak Peek Into 2016

Mainstage at Tech(no11)

Mainstage at Tech(no11)

Happy Boxing day ladies and gentlemen. I know it’s been a minute since you’ve heard from me and it’s for (somewhat) good reason. I have a lot of really exciting things to tell everyone about as 2015 begins to wind down. First things first though, hit play and listen to the latest edition of State Dependent Learning – Vol 4!

I want to give a HUGE shoutout to my good friend Dabura for letting me play what is one of my favorite new tracks. The first time I heard it was at his place a few weeks ago while he was prepping to play for a Transmit Tuesday at Spybar. He’s so damn humble that at the time he wasn’t even sure if he was going to play it that night or not. Myself and one other friend more or less insisted that he do.

Talk Nerdy to Me

Okay, so, sorry we’re still using my shitty JS player. I can promise you that I haven’t been sitting around with my thumb up my ass and there’s a REALLY REALLY REALLY cool new one coming soon I promise. Actually, let’s talk about what’s going on where my passions for music and software meet. Most of you know that I’ve been working very closely with Onlythebeat.com for some time now and that we are going to be launching a streaming music service. Progress has been a LOT slower than I would have liked it to be, however we are getting SUUUUPER close to being able to launch! Excluding OTB Staff and industry insiders, we’re going to be offering a beta to a VERY LIMITED number of my friends, family, and whoever kisses my ass enough, so look out for that. I really really reallly wish I could tell you more about the features and functionality that the new service will offer, however that will have to wait a few more weeks.

I can say that the back end is a thing of SERIOUS beauty. It’s written in PHP using my good friend David Young‘s Opulence Framework. There’s a lot of fancy footwork going on behind the scenes and it really wouldn’t have been doable without his tireless efforts. The back end will actually be accessible via a publicly documented API, so I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of 3rd party apps people dream up. Maybe someday you’ll see OTB Ableton Plugins and apps.

On the frontend side, I’ve taken it upon myself to learn AngularJS – and boy has that been a shallow learning curve!! Actually pretty much the only reason we’re not live is because I’m still hammering out the connection between the front and back ends. The things that Angular lets you do, however, are worth the sweat equity. As soon as that’s done, onlythebeat.com is going to be a different animal altogether.

Great Jams Bro. When and Where can I see you Play?

So this is blowing my mind, but 2015 has been a really good year for me in terms of my development as a DJ. To think that I literally played my first gig at a yoga studio this April. Four months later, I was graced with the honor of playing the main room of a monthly loft series that has become a Chicago staple. By far my favorite gig this year though, was without a doubt this boat party that I played in Austin, TX for Halloween. Sometimes the combination of the crowd, the jams, and what you happen to be feeling at the moment just combines and you blow everyone’s mind. That was what happened at this particular party. It certainly didn’t hurt that my costume was a huge hit.

Some men just want to watch the world burn. Playing on a boat party in Austin, TX for Halloween 2015!

Details are still in the works, but I’ll be playing in Mexico for a BPM afterparty on Jan 12 & 14. January 14 is my birthday, so if you don’t come to Mexico for this, I’m going to be seriously PISSED. Flights are super cheap and this particular party doesn’t even charge a cover so you have literally ZERO excuse to not go.

On Jan 5 & 26 I’ll be at Spybar for Transmit Tuesdays. Jan 20th I’ll be at Lokal for Consumed. I’m sure there will also be a few Corepower dates as well, though details for all of these are still in the works. As soon as I have flyers and 100% confirmed set times and dates, don’t you worry…. I’ll be spamming you along with everyone else I know :p.

Raising Money for HDSA in Bitcoin!

HDSA Donations

Donate in Bitcoin!

My firm, Scaled Dynamics, has been a long time supporter of the Huntington Disease Society of America. We match our employees’ donations leading up to the Walk every May and we help out whenever we can. For those who don’t already know, Huntington’s Disease is a neurodegenerative genetic disorder that affects muscle coordination that affects 30,000 people in the US.

When I first became involved in the cryptocurrency space, I thought that it would be an excellent way to move my firm into an interesting and growing space where we might be more profitable. Last night, I had a revelation that it could also be used to help people on a massive scale. Furthermore, because every transaction on the blockchain is a matter of public record, it is easy to verify that donations actually reach the intended recipients. For this reason, I’ve created a bitcoin receiving address and put it up on the Philanthropy section of my company’s website. Additionally, I will be hosting bitcoin signup parties in the upcoming weeks where Scaled Dynamics staff will be helping people learn about and set up bitcoin wallets.

If you are already a bitcoin user, please donate to the following bitcoin address: 1Kg1LvE4tqs9jv2tNcrEWJhUeDC5vuUpSn

I’m Speaking at a Chicago Bitcoin Event

Bitcoin LogoMark Your Calendars! Scaled Dynamics is sponsoring the Chicago Bitcoin Meetup on Feb 11. I will be presenting SD Gatekeeper’s bitcoin trading functionality and giving a brief talk about the future of Bitcoin as it pertains to financial trading. Admission tickets will be available for purchase with Bitcoin using Chicago Mint. Drinks will be included with the purchase of a ticket.Giveaway Sponsors include GLCBitcoinAlpha Point , and Invincible WalletPlease contact: jonathan@chicagomint.com for details. 

The event will be held at Big Bricks at 3832 N. Lincoln Ave.

Drinks will be served at 6:00 p.m.

Formal Presentations begin at 7:00 p.m.