Jascha Ephraim

Jascha Ephraim

DNet: A Bayesian decision network application written in Java
image by Andy Lamb

The Java application DNet—based on algorithms described in Russell and Norvig's Artificial Intelligence: A modern approach—is capable of representing any well-formed Bayesian decision network consisting of discrete decision nodes, discrete variable nodes, and a single utility node.

Probabilistic inference can be performed exactly by enumeration or approximately by Gibbs sampling.

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Launching One Clip at a Time in Ableton Live 9 with the APC40
image by Steve Docious

While designing my live audio setup for Psychedelic Friendship Bingo, I ran into a frustrating limitation. I wanted to launch clips in Ableton Live 9 using the button matrix on an APC40, and I wanted to automatically limit the matrix to playing one clip at a time. In other words, pressing a button on the matrix would send a ‘stop’ signal to all other clips in the matrix. This is not possible with Live and the APC out of the box.

To achieve this, I had to dive into Live’s MIDI Remote Scripts: Python scripts installed with Live that perform all of the complex automatic mapping of commonly used controllers like the APC.

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This plugin for Plex Media Server provides a channel based on Thomas Buckley-Houston's excellent Dharma API, which scrapes various dharma talk websites and provides an API to access their metadata.

The Dharma Talks channel can be installed through the official Plex plugin directory, accessed through the Plex client on any device.

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Many jobs over the years have called for the development of custom themes and plugins for WordPress. In the couple of cases that plugins added simple and widely-applicable functionality, I released them in the WordPress plugin repository.

Page Management Dropdown

Ideal for using WordPress as a CMS, Page Management Dropdown expands the Pages administration menu by adding a link to edit each of your individual pages.

Seamless Sticky Custom Post Types

There are no settings or custom functions. Set custom post types to be sticky just as you would with regular posts, and those post id's will be included in the result of get_option( 'sticky_posts' ).

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New Pantheon aka The Jascha Ephraim Memorial Library

From 2006–2009, I directed and composed for an ensemble of varying instrumentation, first called the Jascha Ephraim Memorial Library and later New Pantheon.

The initial group consisted of guitar, drums, electric bass, trombone, clarinet, violin, and singers, and performed our first show at the Knockout in San Francisco.

The largest group was formed for the production of A Living Olympus, my unreleased 2008 film. It consisted of drums, sousaphone, trombone, trumpets, cello, viola, violins, singers, and—for one performance anyway—a concert harp.

The final ensemble was a traditional string quartet with myself and Jessy Brown singing.

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Maggots and Men

I had the honor of composing and directing a full score—written for bass, piano, harp, and oboe—for this beautiful film by Carrie Cronenwett. From the website:

An experimental historical narrative set in a mythologized, post-revolutionary Russia that re-imagines the 1921 uprising of the Kronstadt sailors with a twist of gender anarchy. Agit-prop theatre group the Blue Blouses guides us through the story which is narrated through fictional letters written by Stepan Petrichenko, leader of the provisional Revolutionary Committee.

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A Living Olympus
image by still from the film

In 2008 I wrote, scored, directed, and produced a film called A Living Olympus. It follows a large ensemble of musicians as we traveled around San Francisco, and recorded live performances in an elaborate set built in Chicken John Rinaldi's Mission warehouse.

Fiscal sponsorship was secured through the Fleishhacker Foundation, and production was completed within a weekend. I am still in the process of completing the post-production myself as time allows.

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Stars and Garters Theatre Company
image by Eva Kolenko

From 2007 to 2009 I had the privilege of being a performer and Musical Director for the Stars and Garters Theatre Company in San Francisco. Our shows included several runs of The Curse of the Goddamned Ship—which toured the Pacific Northwest—semi-regular Show and Tell variety shows, and our largest production, The Robber Bridegroom, for which I composed and directed a live musical score.

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A Living Olympus
image by still from the film

In 2008 I wrote, scored, directed, and produced a film called A Living Olympus. It follows a large ensemble of musicians as we traveled around San Francisco, and recorded live performances in an elaborate set built in Chicken John Rinaldi's Mission warehouse.

Fiscal sponsorship was secured through the Fleishhacker Foundation, and production was completed within a weekend. I am still in the process of completing the post-production myself as time allows.

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Maggots and Men

I had the honor of composing and directing a full score—written for bass, piano, harp, and oboe—for this beautiful film by Carrie Cronenwett. From the website:

An experimental historical narrative set in a mythologized, post-revolutionary Russia that re-imagines the 1921 uprising of the Kronstadt sailors with a twist of gender anarchy. Agit-prop theatre group the Blue Blouses guides us through the story which is narrated through fictional letters written by Stepan Petrichenko, leader of the provisional Revolutionary Committee.

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Seven Characteristics of Emanationism
image by Steve Taylor

Emanationism is an idea in the cosmology or cosmogony of certain religious or philosophical systems. … Emanationism is a transcendent principle from which everything is derived, and is opposed to both Creationism (wherein the universe is created by a sentient God who is separate from creation) and materialism (which posits no underlying subjective and/or ontological nature behind phenomena being immanent). ―Wikipedia, 3/9/2014

Using examples from Indian, Judaic, Islamic, and Greek philosophy, and from Max Weber’s initial application in the fields of sociology and economics, I identify seven essential characteristics of emanationism.

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In 2007 I was asked to write about hair, so I conducted this interview with the universe.

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This plugin for Plex Media Server provides a channel based on Thomas Buckley-Houston's excellent Dharma API, which scrapes various dharma talk websites and provides an API to access their metadata.

The Dharma Talks channel can be installed through the official Plex plugin directory, accessed through the Plex client on any device.

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