I'm an iOS developer, and I'm also especially interested in database programming and web development. I started programming computers as a hobby when I was a kid, beginning with Logo and progressing through BASIC, Pascal, PHP, and Scheme before coming across the nirvana that is Python. I used to be the head of the math department at an independent school here in Brooklyn, NY, where I taught mainly calculus courses and started experimenting with incorporating CS concepts into my school's math curriculum.

I come from a musical family---my father was the Principle Bassoon in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for almost forty years (yes, I've heard the joke about our last name, and yes, it's funny), and my uncle was a Julliard-trained cellist in the Atlanta Symphony for at least as long. I started playing the piano when I was five, and I picked up the guitar and bass at fifteen. About three years ago I started learning to play clawhammer banjo, and I can't seem to put it down. :) My main musical interests center around jazz and American folk music.

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comment Learning to play bass guitar: Fretless vs Fretted
@dwoz I typed "fretless bass" into Google, then clicked "Images". Here's what came up: bit.ly/1UCtQG7 About half of the basses shown lack fret markers, including manufactured instruments from Fender, Warwick, Ernie Ball, etc. Perhaps it's more common than you think?
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comment Learning to play bass guitar: Fretless vs Fretted
@dwoz But more to the point, the question was in regards to the relative difficulty of learning fretless bass guitar versus fretted, not fretless bass guitar versus upright bass. The fretted bass guitar is obviously easier to learn than its fretless cousin, and may therefore be a less frustrating gateway instrument into the wonderful world of bass playing.
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comment Learning to play bass guitar: Fretless vs Fretted
@dwoz As I mentioned in my comment above, I disagree. An upright bass offers a vital positional landmark in the neck/body joint, which the fretless bass guitar lacks. This makes finding one's way around an upright considerably easier (in my opinion) than on a fretless bass guitar.
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comment Can a motif be found outside of a phrase?
Can a sentence exist outside of words? What exactly do you mean by the terms "motif" and "phrase"?
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comment Storyboard reference in Xcode, where should we use it?
This has changed as of Xcode 7 Beta 4. According to the release notes, "Storyboard references may be deployed to iOS 8, OS X 10.10, and watchOS 1." (adcdownload.apple.com/Developer_Tools/Xcode_7_beta_4/…)
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comment Storyboard reference in Xcode, where should we use it?
According to the Xcode 7 Beta 4 release notes, "Storyboard references may be deployed to iOS 8, OS X 10.10, and watchOS 1." (adcdownload.apple.com/Developer_Tools/Xcode_7_beta_4/…)
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