Surfers of the web: welcome! As of January 2021, I am
Computer science minors: minor advising is now handled by Jess Garza, whom you can reach at email@example.com.
There are many Adam Shaws on the web; I'm the real one. More
specifically, I am the one born at the
I started programming BASIC on an Apple ][+ my parents bought around 1980, when I was 8 years old or thereabouts. I wrote programs on that machine to do things like print my name 1000 times. I thought to myself: this thing has possibilities.
Here I am receiving my doctoral degree in August 2011.
LEARN SML Looking for the best programming language? Here you go.
LOCKDOWN I made a short movie in May 2020 and frankly it's a little bonkers.
HERBERT An appreciation of Herbie Hancock, with musical examples.
I love music. A lot. And I also make it. Please check out selections of my own music here, many of which I created during pandemic homestay.
This is some of the music I've been listening to lately.
- Beethoven's Piano Sonatas. If you have some interest in the details of each sonata, I highly recommend Andras Schiff's lecture series.
- Debussy Danse sacrée et danse profane.
- Sondheim Company. A show whose last two songs are The Ladies Who Lunch, Being Alive, both almost unbelievably good.
- Hamlisch/Kleban A Chorus Line. I think "One" may be the single most perfect Broadway anthem.
- Kurt Rosenwinkel Can you believe how good this is? I can't.
- Brahms Klavierstücke, Op. 76.
And these are some of the games I've been playing lately:
- Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 Cold war spyhunting and diabolical-plot-foiling.
- Viticulture Competitive winemaking.
- Dominion A perfectly original and habit-forming card game.
- Ghost Fightin' Treasure Hunters Children's cooperative game that we managed to lose, against all odds, on the very last half turn.