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What's New in Steve's LJ:

2009-Dec-24
Another little theater trip this past weekend for me and gmtarkin. BTW, if you can visit Times Square after an evening show in the middle of a snowstorm, it's a pretty cool sight. It's been a while since our last [More...]

2009-Mar-04
OK, that's really odd.  As regular readers know, my live journal pic has for lo these many years been a picture of an elephant taken on safari way back in 1999.  Now, without my having done anything to my LJ [More...]

2009-Feb-24
For an actor whose name people don't usually know, Mark Sheppard sure has been getting a lot of work. I swear, this guy appears on every drama series I see lately.  A few years ago I first noticed him as "Badger" on [More...]

2009-Feb-22
I'm having a bit of a movie weekend, apparently. Friday ML managed to score tickets to the live show of Cinematic Titanic at the Somerville Theatre. For those of you who don't know what this is, CT is one of [More...]

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Quickie Theatre Reviews

2004-02-21
The Last 5 Years at Speakeasy. Gorgeous music by Jason Robert Brown, but the Merrily-esque dual timelines means that the two characters have a hard time making a real connection onstage. Becca Ayers is really good as Catherine.

2003-11-08
Little Shop of Horrors revival on Broadway. A good revival of a favorite, with a fantastic orchestra. Needs some polish to work a bit better, but the plant is a gorgeous piece of work by the Jim Henson studios.

2003-11-08
Boy From Oz on Broadway. A real star tour by Hugh Jackman, who is stunning as he owns the stage for nearly the entire length of the production. Catch this soon -- there's not enough here for the show to last after Hugh leaves.

2003-11-07
Wicked on Broadway. A delight, based on the book by Gregory Maguire. Kristin Chenoweth shines as Glinda the Good Witch, but Idina Menzel's Wicked Witch is thrilling. Can't wait for the cast album.

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Where I Am

I live in Cambridge, near Harvard Square. It's fantastic living in this city -- a few blocks from everything, including the best Indian restaurant and one of the best Thai restaurants in the Boston area. Plus, I can bike everywhere. Take that, Bay Area! There's nothing more exhilirating than passing cars stuck in traffic at rush hour.

What I Do

Current I'm working at ITA Software near Kendall Square in Cambridge. They're known as the brains behind Orbitz, and I'm right now doing my best to help revitalize the airline reservations industry.

Previously I was at MIT CSAIL, playing around with things in the AIRE Project, formerly known as the "Intelligent Room". We did neat things like hook up cameras, projectors, and microphones into an agent framework, allowing us to interact with an environment very much like a modern living room as if it were the computer system in front of you. Side projects include CD players that try to choose good songs, map systems that can answer questions like ``Does this country own ballistic missiles'', and an expert system that can play word games.

That work got me a doctorate, in which I extended the room's concepts into a service framework that would mediate between different people's competing interests to deliver information. If that makes no sense to you, you can always look at my thesis and be really confused.

In my not very copious free time, I occasionally do lots of stuff in musical theatre in the area. I've directed, acted, and even created orchestrations for a parody of Star Wars. I watch lots of theatre, too -- check out the miniature theatre reviews on this page. My wife and I spend lots of time traveling the world, and I like to tinker around with little projects, such as Qualm, my system for performing synthesizer patch changes in realtime, and play with Intravenous Wookiee Porn, a "musical geek humor" band with a group of friends. I've also been known to dabble in graphic design.

Publications

Here's the dry, boring stuff, for your perusal: