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. I also wrote a text adventure game when I was perhaps in the fourth grade called "Coins of the Pharaoh," which involved wandering around and pilfering the ruins of a fictional Egyptian tomb. Unfortunately the source code is lost to history; I'd love to take the game out for a spin now, or let my daughter try it.
Here I am receiving my doctoral degree in August 2011.
Immediately below is some original and semi-original music and other sundries.
Windows (for Chick Corea, with love and admiration, Feb 2021)
BACH is unruinable, even by silly digital instruments.
SUPER EXTRA FASCIST
GUITAR MOOD 2
RNCI was feeling disoriented around the time of the Republican National Convention in 2020. This piece is improvised and then overdubbed upon. The closing solo organ is my imagination of a kind of inverted worship.
YOU'RE MY EVERYTHING
IT'S FOR YOU
BROTHERS IN ARMS
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. This is some of the music I've been listening to lately.
- Beethoven's Piano Sonatas. These kind of ate my summer. If you have some interest in the details of each sonata, I highly and unreservedly recommend Andras Schiff's lecture series.
And these are some of the games I've been playing lately:
- Spirit Island Cool anti-colonial co-op where your team gets more powerful as the game proceeds and, if all goes well, you smash the conquering gamebots to bits.
- Scythe Area control, resources, some combat. This game is perhaps overhyped, but it is, after all, a good one. The artwork is genuinely outstanding and sets it apart.
- Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 Excellent co-op game with an unfolding story. I like this even better than Season 1. (We finished, and we won December. Final score 771 IIRC.)
- Dominion, which I play with my brother. Last time we played, because we tied, the rules told us to "rejoice in our shared victory." And so we did.