Programming

BPM: Percussion Metronome

BPM icon, the tips of two drum sticks a few inches above a snare drum

I made this Practice Metronome and Drum Loop app for iOS, iPadOS and macOS.

I have spent the last year practicing bass and electric guitar and I have tried a few metronomes but wanted something:

  1. Easier to change the tempo.
  2. Easy to try a variety of backing drum loops to practice different styles of music, like playing along with a drummer.

So I made this App, over a period of the last 11 months. I programmed all the beats myself using a custom plain-text tablature language and I am proud of some of the subtlety and variety I was able to produce. Not to promise any more functionality, but it is quite straightforward for me to create new beats and I have a long list of ideas of beats that would give BPM more depth.

It is available on the App Store for $1.99 as a Universal purchase but if you would like a promo code to download it for free, let me know. (And leave a review if you are so inclined.)

Programming

WetPaint: Finger Painting

WetPaint icon, a white W on a purple finger painted squiggle of a background

I made this simple drawing and painting app for iPhone or iPad that lets you mix messy paint on screen:

Our two year old misses school and especially painting with messy paint on a real canvas, which partly inspired this App. It is available on the App Store for $0.99 but if you would like a promo code to download it for free, let me know. (And leave a review if you are so inclined.)

Reference

The Life & Morals of Jesus of Nazareth

AKA the Jefferson Bible

by Thomas Jefferson

book cover for The Life & Morals of Jesus of Nazareth by Thomas Jefferson

This volume is based on a book published in 1904 as The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth for the US Congress by the Government Printing Office, which itself was based on a tome Jefferson compiled for his own private use, by literally cutting and pasting together pieces of the New Testament, so he could study the teachings of Jesus (as he saw it) uncorrupted by the superstitions of the vulgar or learned among the professors of Christianity.

Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father and third president of the United States, never intended his extracts from the Four Gospels to be published during his lifetime, for he was constantly “averse to the communication of [his] religious tenets to the public,” stating, ”It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself to resist invasions of it in the case of others, or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.”

Introducing this tome is an essay and letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush, where Jefferson compares the accomplishments of Jesus as a moral philosopher to the Ancient Greek philosophers and to the scripture-centered Jewish community into which the lowly Nazarene was born. The body of the book consists mainly of the teachings of Jesus in his own words, stitched together with the few recorded events of his short and tragic life in the Roman province of Judea.

The “Jefferson Bible” may be more notorious for what it leaves out of its gospel harmony—most of the supernatural miracles; claims of the divinity of Jesus (mostly from the Gospel of John); or matters Jefferson considered “disfigured by the corruptions of schismatizing followers”—than for the remaining clarity of the teachings the book seeks to convey, proving Jefferson’s fear that any communication on the subject of his religious views would indeed be “exposed to the malignant perversions of those who make every word from [him] a text for new misrepresentations and calumnies.”

Available in Ebook Formats

I produced an ebook, designed a cover, and finished proofing and correcting it. The book is approximately 25,000 words long, or under 100 pages. I am releasing this under the CC0 Public Domain Dedication.

You can read the ebook in your browser right now:

Here are the ebook files for download:

The SVG of Thomas Jefferson is also available under the same CC0 license. I traced this myself from an image of the US nickel, a public domain work, using Affinity Designer.

Reference

Mindfulness in Plain English

in Ebook Formats, by Henepola Gunaratana

book cover for Mindfulness in Plain English by Henepola Gunaratana

Someone on the Standard Ebooks discussion group asked if the project would accept the ebook of this text as an ebook. The answer was no, Alex, the head of the project, only wants old public domain books. That is the scope of that project.

However the tools are available to make other projects available independently, so I started reading the online version, and after getting halfway through it, I thought “this is worthwhile but riddled with typos so I should only read the rest as an ebook that I can correct and then share when I am done.” So I produced an ebook, designed a cover, finished proofing and correcting it.

The book is approximately 53,000 words long, or under 200 pages.

You can read the ebook in your browser right now:

Here is the Github repo of the source XHTML files, etc. for perusal:

Here are the ebook files for download:

This book has licensing restrictions and is protected by copyright. Most importantly, you may not distribute this book commercially.

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