I got a nice HD 8.9 inch Kindle Fire a few weeks ago, and I love it! Here is a list of fun things you can do with a Kindle Fire.

1. Get a stylus. When you buy the Kindle, there is an option to purchase a stylus to go with it. I highly recommend this, as the stylus makes it much easier to navigate, and also keeps you from getting fingerprints all over your Kindle Fire.

2. Buy books on a country that interests you. Is there a country you have always wanted to visit? Or are planning on visiting soon? For me, that would be Austria. As a student, I’m planning to do a study abroad next year in Austria. So, I have downloaded a book on Austria, and also a book on Europe, as I hope to travel in Europe while I am staying in Austria. What country are you interested in?

3. Draw pictures. Drawing and coloring can be a very relaxing and enjoyable way to spend time on your Kindle. With a stylus, drawing  becomes quite fun. There are several drawing programs available for the Kindle Fire. I use Drawing Pad, which has brushes, pencils, stencils, crayons, and a great range of color. My connection is not good right now, but later I will upload a couple of my drawings.

3. Play games. There are many games available for the Kindle Fire through the Amazon app store. However, there are fewer games available than if you had a Nexus and access to the Google play store. I currently have 3 games on my Kindle Fire: Pocket Tangrams, Draw a Stickman, and My Little Pony. All three are fun and make use of the Kindle’s lovely HD screen.

4. Surf the interwebs. The Kindle Fire has a great web browser. 3G connectivity is only $50 a year for the Kindle Fire, too, because Amazon is awesome.

5. Watch a movie. As an Amazon Prime subscriber, I have access to tons of free movies and TV shows. Also, I have a YouTube viewer app that works great, so long as the video is not too long.

6. Read! After all, it IS a Kindle! I have a lot of books on my Kindle already, and have found I am reading much more than I used to. It’s good for you, and fun too! I am reading books on Java, C#, and personal finance for people in their 20’s. I also have magazine subscriptions to 2600 and Wired. I’ve been reading a lot of books by Richard Wiseman, a psychologist from Great Britain who writes very accessible and interesting books that refer to actual research studies to give advice and share information.

7. Listen to music! The Kindle has very nice speakers, and you can buy music in the Amazon store.

This concludes my list of fun things to do with a Kindle Fire. So yeah, if you have one, or are getting one, definitely try some of these out.

 

 

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:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1701091358/wanderlest-an-album-of-all-original-solo-cello-mus

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.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1701091358/wanderlest-an-album-of-all-original-solo-cello-mus

30. November 2012 · 9 comments · Categories: Life

Over Thanksgiving, I recorded versions of 12 tracks for my new CD of original solo cello music. I have about 6 more to go before I’ll be done. Recording in my Dad’s studio went really well. I’m still adjusting to the new cello bow I bought from Shar, so it took a little longer to get everything sounding the way I wanted it to. There are still a few little things I plan to fix up on the cuts I recorded for your listening pleasure!

Recording really forces me to focus on the music to get it to sound just right. I did a little bit of last minute composing on a couple of the pieces before we started. Wanderlest (I changed the name from Wanderlust for the CD) needed a new ending, as I had ended it in my previous version by going into another song. So I wrote a nice exciting ending, with some cool chords at the end.

I am so swamped with projects and homework for the end of the semester right now that I won’t have a chance to record again until the winter break. In the mean time, I am listening to my previous recordings of the other songs so I still have them in my mind when it comes time to record.

I just bought a new Kindle fire, too! It is really nice. I’ve been reading on it and just love the interface. I hope to watch some movies on it soon too, and get some games. I was disappointed that it did not do flash, as I am hooked on a flash game on Facebook called Hidden Chronicles that uses flash. However, the games and apps store section looked pretty big, so I’m sure I’ll be able to find some fun stuff.

I have applied in a lot of places for internships now! I have my first interview next week with Google! I am excited and a little nervous. I hope it goes well!

I will end with a link to a cute kitty video that needs sharing:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sVoNtdT6zQ

All together now… Aaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwww!!

 

 

 

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.