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Christian Schormann

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

So Vividly So Desperately is a new collection with six songs and two instrumentals from good and bad days. It is available now at my new website, www.christianschormann.com.

For the next few month, all profits from sales on that site will be donated to support research on sturge weber syndrome, a serious and tough condition that affects children and adults. Since the discovery of the underlying cause of the syndrome earlier this year, there is now hope for a cure – please help to make it happen! I am deeply grateful for any support you can give.

The title song:

It’s like I can see the storm
Rising behind your eyes
I can see these dark clouds form
Hear words that drain with the rain in the skies
The lighting cloud freezes your smile
I fear for your heart it is beating so hard
And you’re gone for a while
To that world that is coming apart

And I remember that dream oh so vividly
Remember these heart beats so fast so desperately
Over that ocean I hope you’ll return to me too
Oh how I wish I could bear that cross for you

Lyrics are on the store pages.

Many thanks to the James Baldwin Estate for their friendly permission to use James Baldwin’s wonderful poem Amen as lyrics on this album, in support of this fund raising effort.

Again, thanks a lot for any support for finding a cure for Sturge-Weber Syndrome!

posted by cs at 08:56  

Thursday, February 9, 2012

New Single: Paint a Flower in the Sky

Paint a Flower in the Sky Cover

One day I asked my daughter Mara what she was drawing: “Oh, I’m just painting flowers in the sky” she answered.

Another day, after a very sick night, she said to me in the morning: “Don’t worry about it Dad – when I am sick at night, my angel comes and takes me for a ride”. And so she gave me the first line of the lyrics, too.

Available on iTunes and Amazon. Just look for the song title, by Roses on a Beach. Here’s a direct link to the song on Amazon.com

Please let me know if you like the song, and if you like it, please pass it on.


posted by cs at 02:31  

Friday, September 16, 2011

Blend for HTML Build Talk: Video and Demo Online

My talk on Blend for HTML, given at the Build conference yesterday, is now online.In the demo, I create the UI for a simple casual memory game, beginning with clean, UI-free, semantic markup and the backing JavaScript code that goes with it. From early 90’s browser look to Metro-style in less than an hour :-)

I also posted matching demo files in the VS sample gallery, in case you want to play with the demo app, or if you want to try building the UI yourself.

The video is here.

The demo files are here.

Have fun!

posted by cs at 17:46  

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Expression Blend… for HTML

We have been very hard at work on a new project that we could not talk about – until today. In today’s keynote at Microsoft’s Build conference, we have shown an exciting new flavor of Expression Blend: Blend for HTML, to create Metro-style user interfaces for Windows 8 using HTML, CSS and JavaScript.


posted by cs at 18:16  

Friday, June 10, 2011

New SketchFlow Template for WP7

We have just published a cool new SketchFlow template that makes it a lot easier to prototype Windows Phone 7 applications. You can find it on codeplex as a free download.

tiles apps golf


posted by cs at 10:17  

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Expression Blend at Mix 2011

It is finally Spring in Seattle, and it’s Mix in Las Vegas. Many of you, our faithful Expression Blend customers, have become accustomed to also see a new version of Expression Blend blossom with the flora of the land.


posted by cs at 10:23  

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Experimenting with SVG Filter Effects

When there is something that processes pixels, I usually get curious at one point or another (after all, I used to design compositing systems for a living).

So when a long lost moment of time unexpectedly appeared at my door step, I finally got to play with SVG filter effects. And as I kind of like interactive tweaking more than editing XML files, I ended up writing a simple editor for SVG effects that runs in a browser in the process.

Source proc1 proc2



posted by cs at 00:01  

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Buuteeq: A Real-World Example for SketchFlow

Today, buuteeq.com, founded by a number of ex-Microsoft employees, officially launched. Buuteeq aims to solve an important business problem that many independent hotels share:

How to build an impressive, competitive, and cost effective internet presence that makes the hotel accessible to the millions of travelers that plan and book their travel online?



posted by cs at 23:18  

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Sight of an Angel

Entirely unrelated to my usual blog post topics:

The Sight of an Angel, a compilation of a few pieces of music I wrote between 1985 and 2010, is now available on Amazon and iTunes.

Feedback welcome.

posted by cs at 18:37  

Friday, December 17, 2010

Expression Blend 5-Day On-Ramp Course: A Directory of Material

Not a new post, but still good: Sandrino Di Mattia has a list on his blog with links to all the videos, assets and scripts for the 5-day on ramp training in one place: http://sandrinodimattia.net/blog/post/Complete-Expression-Blend-and-Silverlight-5-day-OnRamp-training-course-All-videos-all-assets-download-packages-in-one-place.aspx

posted by cs at 11:57  
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