This is day two of my Kickstarter project. I’ve already gotten two contributions! I’m happy. I hope they keep coming in. If you are new to the site, I am a cellist and composer, and have a Kickstarter fundraising project to raise funds for my first CD release. Here is the link to the project:

I have added a track to the page, the first movement of Wanderlest, the piece the album is named after. Go on over and have a listen right now!

I am also psyched today, because I won a optimization contest in my software design class. That means I don’t have to take the final exam! Automatic 100%!! Yipee! So, I only have one final, and that is in artificial intelligence.

All my projects and homework are done for the semester. Now I can work close to full time at my job, and have tons of free time to do music and work on my own projects.

Also in the news, I got a new cell phone! It is through CREDO mobile — a Samsung Galaxy Epic II. I love it so far, it feels great and sturdy in my hand, and the Android OS is so much better on this phone then it was on my old Samsung I had through T-Mobile. I love CREDO mobile, because of the UNLIMITED data plan, and good coverage on the Sprint network. Also, they support progressive causes and support groups like planned parenthood.

I will try to post an update every day until the Kickstarter is over, so check back tomorrow for another update!

Hello my devoted fans and visitors! I have started a Kickstarter project to raise funds for my new album of all original solo cello music, Wanderlest. If you’d like to be totally awesome, make a donation at the URL below, and if the fundraising goal of $250 is met, you will get one of the thank you gifts! You get to pick your gift, and gifts may include copies of the CD, web downloads of the tracks, autographed albums, and more.

Please check out the link below Any contribution is much appreciated and I would be grateful to you for eternity.

As a computer science student at Michigan State University, I have been told repeatedly that one of the best things I can do for my career at this point is take on an internship for a semester (usually summer). I have already done one internship (at NASA ARC) and am hoping to do another one this summer with a well known company.

I have sent applications with my resume and such to Google, Microsoft, Zynga, and IBM. I was impressed with the ease of the process — all four employers made the application process quite efficient.

Of course, I could always just work full time at my current job at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory over the summer. That is my default plan. However, if I get an offer for a nice internship, I probably would not turn it down. It is always nice to get away from campus for a bit and learn some new skills.

I have found that over breaks in school, it is really nice to have a project to work on. This year I am thinking I will make some programs in C# and .NET on my Windows machine. It has been a very long time since I have used Visual Studio, so this should be a treat.

I am currently in the brainstorming ideas phase of the project; hopefully I’ll have a bit of a plan by the time break starts. I will probably do a few test programs, like, hello world, maybe implement an algorithm or two, and see about user interface designing and such, and then I will go about making some cool programs.

My current ideas are utilities for the Windows desktop. Possibly Widgets. I am considering making something to organize the desktop icons into groups, or implement a tabbed desktop sort of system, or multiple desktop interface.

I am also considering making something for the Emotiv Epoc, the EEG headset that you put on your head and then it reads your brain waves to control the computer. I think I would start with a simple launcher type utility, that can be used to make launching programs using the head set easier than controlling the mouse with head movements and clicking on the icons. I am thinking something like a gaze analysis box, that based on where you look can select one of several prearranged applications to launch.

With this, I could also have the application slots automatically populated using a determination of which applications are most frequently run when the head set is in use.

Just some ideas. One of these breaks I want to get to learning Java, too, but I think I’ll save that for a different one.