I am interested in the design and cultivation of human experiences.
Full name is Mark C. Slee. Living in San Francisco, California. Born in Elk Grove, Illinois. Citizen of the United States and Great Britain.
Music is Passion.
Underground deep and tech house. I play regular gigs in San Francisco area and release a monthly podcast under my given name at soundcloud.com/mcslee.
Formed in 2008 with Roddy Lindsay and Atish Mehta, House-Heads produces unique events that deliver high quality underground music in a context focused on community and dance.
In the early 2000s I focused on original electronic music production, settling on the progressive house genre and releasing under the alias Palivacinni.
Light is Magic.
Code forges Product.
Founding author of the Apache Thrift project, open-sourced in 2007. I designed the IDL and wrote the original code generator and library implementations for C++, Java, Python, and PHP.
Counsel aids Progress.
Advisor since 2010. Elation EMR seeks to dramatically improve medical care by leveraging technology to facilitate a more powerful interaction between physician and patient.
Mind manifests Reality.
I am of the general opinion that the human experience is primarily a function of a brain-driven consciousness, with a tendency towards existential and relativistic viewpoints. Without making any strong claims as to the origin or underlying nature of this existence, I very roughly identify with the pantheistic notion that the concept of God is essentially a reference to the beautiful state of the universe in its entirety.
Given that, I feel the best thing we can do with our time here is attempt to better understand the potential our minds make available to us through playful exploration. I aim my technological pursuits toward the creation of positive emotional experiences, and through art I enjoy exploring the nature of perception. I am particularly fascinated by the way music can directly impact mood and memory formation. Visually, I enjoy toying with the thresholds at which we begin to perceive gradual shifts in hue and shape as patterned motion.
Some highly recommended reading generally relating to these topics:
- Stumbling on Happiness by Dan Gilbert
- Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
This is all succinctly and beautifully expressed by Björk and Chris Cunningham's All is Full of Love.