Adding to Prefetch Links 📝

I’m always looking for new ways to make this blog faster. Today, I added to prefetch links before they’re clicked. The concept is pretty interesting. It turns out there’s a “significant” amount of time between a user hovering over and clicking on a link – around 300 ms. Thus it makes sense to use the extra time to preload and cache the linked page.

Adding was very easy. All I had to do was add the Javascript below before my closing body tag.

<script src="/js/instantpage.js" type="module" defer></script>

Check out the GIF to see how works. As you can see, hovering over the “Contact” page link in my navigation menu causes the page to be preloaded.

Focal Utopia Headphones First Impressions

Yesterday, I tested the Shure KSE1200 electrostatic in-ear monitors. Today, I was back in headphone-land with the Utopia, Focal’s top of the line model. The Focal Utopia is regarded by some people as the best pair of headphones in the world, so I was very excited to try it out. I’ll write a more complete review in a few months. For now, there are my first impressions of the Focal Utopia headphones.

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Shure KSE1200 First Impressions

I’ve been a huge fan of Shure in-ear monitors since my first pair of single-driver E2s back in high school. Since then, I’ve owned the E5, SE535, and SE846 IEMs. Today, I added another Shure IEM to the list – the KSE1200. I’ve had my eyes on the KSE1200 IEMs for a while, so I was very excited to receive them today – shout out to the folks over at Moon Audio.

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Broadway is Racist 🔗

Check out this video from Griffin Matthews detailing his experiences working as a black artist on Broadway. I worked with Griffin and Matt Gould on Witness Uganda which later became Invisible Thread, and I still consider that show to be the most meaningful one I have ever worked on.

Hearing Griffin’s take on what happened behind closed doors is extremely surreal. When Witness Uganda was rebranded to Invisble Thread before premiering Off-Broadway, I felt like it wasn’t the same show anymore. I had a sneaking suspicion that the white folks in charge, mostly Diane Paulus (director), prioritized making the show “safer” for Broadway rather than conveying the true and raw story. I never asked Griffin or Matt about this – probably because I already knew it was true.

Anyway, Griffin’s video is insightful and provides a rare firsthand account of what Broadway’s racist nature. I hope things will change in the future.

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A Disney Piano Medley 🔗

My brother’s been working on this Disney piano medley over the past week or so. Today, it premiered on a Facebook Live concert hosted by our town. It was nice to see so many familiar faces performing from the comfort of their own homes, but I hope “virtual live music” won’t end up being the norm in the long term – that would be very sad. Anyway, here’s the full video of the medley. Enjoy!

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