Meet our new lead developer!

Please join me in welcoming Jason to the Murfie Dev Team. Now, stand up and applaud his killer speech! (It’s actually a Q&A, but hey!)

Name: Jason J. Gullickson.

Nickname: Mr. Black.

Why I joined Murfie: I saw it as a way to combine my love of music, software development, and innovation with the added benefit of working with some of the smartest and most interesting people I know.

What I do at Murfie: I’m responsible for the software we write to make Murfie work. Right now, I’m focusing on making that software work faster and better as well as looking forward to what technology we will be offering to our members next.

What I do best: Make Things Work.

My favorite coding jujitsu move is: I’ve gotten myself out of some tight corners using “reflection,” but of course the best move is to avoid the corner in the first place.

The music I play the most: By sheer play count it’s got to be either Bach’s The Musical Offering or Metallica’s …And Justice for All, but lately Baba Brinkman and Professor Elemental have both been getting pretty heavy rotation…

The music format I dig the best: Live of course! But of the recorded mediums, I love the lossless digital formats we have now (although I’ll always have a soft spot for listening to Martin Denny or Juan Esquivel on a classic Marantz hi-fi).

What makes Murfie so rad: Murfie delivers on the radical idea that you can own a recording, and that music can be bought and sold online with the simplicity of physical media but with all the convenience of electronic delivery.

Snapshots outta Murfieland

(that my Facebook Timeline won’t get to capture ;)

I gots some neat photos of Murfie life to share with y’all. But first: I have something (kinda rando) to say.

You know what? I’m not really sure how I feel about Facebook Timeline. (That BIG profile page redesign that’ll transform your profile into a virtual scrapbook of photos, videos, status updates, and locations you’ve visited – making your information more visible and easier to access.) Maybe it’s because it feels a little too One Hour Photo to me. Or maybe it’s that I prefer to be shrouded in some mystery, even to my friends/FB “friends”. Or maybe it’s because I don’t want to be a total slave to the idea of social sharing (and no, I’m not an “old person” – born and bred in the 80s).

It all just seems a tad creepy. <– I give you full permission to disagree with me on this statement.

Anywho…[Pause]…I won’t be sharing the aforementioned photos on my Facebook profile. (You won’t get me this time, Facebook Timeline!) I’d rather share the snapshots here. Or on Murfie’s Facebook page. *wink face* *wink face*

Murf-wolf #3

The Murf-pack grows

Love is all around

You know when something just feels right? You feel it in your bones. You feel it in your fingers, you feel it in your toes. That’s exactly how I feel about making a Murf-wolf today. Everything is just right. There’s nothing good on TV. Conditions are perfect. It’s business time. (Please tell me that someone got the Flight of the Conchords‘ shout-out?!)

Because I’m so intense, I whipped up a new Murf-pack member in record time. So far, this guy’s gotta be my favorite. He’s so huggable, isn’t he? Let’s hope he fares well with the rest of his pack mates (in particular, this gentleman). Oh, come now, it’s easy peasy to make friends in the Murf-pack…kill ’em with kindness, as they say.

P.S. – the Murf-pack is always looking for new recruits!

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Mr. Murf-wolf #2

Say hello to another Murf-pack member

As promised, I’m tickled pink to introduce you to a second Murf-wolf that runs with our pack. I’m also delighted to say he doesn’t look as smarmy as the last Mr. In fact, I’d say this particular pack member looks rather happy-hearted – granted a bit canine. You like?

If it pleases you, head on over to facebook and add your own illustration of a Murf-pack member to our “Murf-pack” album (I know – how original). All shapes and sizes welcome. No biters, though.

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Hi, we’re the Murf-pack

Introducing a new species, the Murf-wolf

Inspired (emboldened?) by the warmly received debut of my MS Paint artistry a few weeks back, I thought I’d have another go at it. And this time, it’s pretty much the dorkiest thing I’ve ever done. Creating a part wolf, part CD Murf-wolf. Your immediate reaction = Wait, what?

Let me backpedal a bit. As you know [if you follow our facebook or twitter page], I’m fond of the term Murf-pack to describe the Murfie community.
-What are Murf-pack members called?
Murf-wolves, of course!
-And what do they look like?
Part wolf, part CD. Duh.

As you can see, my first attempt at a Murf-wolf looks rather sly and roguish (oh well, you can’t win ’em all). Next time, I’ll make sure to introduce a congenial-looking pack member. At any rate, I’ve already added the illustration to an oh-so creatively titled facebook album [check it out to find out]. Do you want IN on the fun? Ok, I formally invite you to head on over to facebook and add your own artwork. It’d be the cool thing to do. No peer pressure, though.