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.

27. October 2012 · 2 comments · Categories: Life

It is the weekend!!!

I actually will be pretty busy, still. I have a software design assignment and two artificial intelligence assignments to work on. Too much fun

Tomorrow I have a driving lesson from 11am to 12pm. I am looking forward to getting my driving skills better before the road test

Tomorrow night I am going to see Christopher Carter at the International Center. He is an illusionist. It should be a good show. If anyone wants to go with me, I can bring one non student guest. Just let me know.

This semester has been very satisfying so far. I really really like my job at the NSCL.

There is a root beer party at a neighboring dorm Sunday night. I may go, depending on how much I get done before then.

I have next to me a tentative set list for my first album. I really wish I had my cello here at the dorm so I could practice the pieces! i hope to do some recording over Thanksgiving break, my Dad’s schedule permitting, and the rest during the mid semester break.

 

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I ended up in the hospital yesterday morning because my back/headache got so bad. Not fun. Fortunately, they gave me a nice medication that made me sleep and when I woke up the pain was gone.

Now it is starting to hurt again. But, I have doctor’s appointments the next couple days to try and get to the bottom of it.

Class is going well. Huge “step assignment” project in my software design class is threatening to eat all of my time, but I’m making sure I get some fun in too.

Work went well today. We had an impromptu meeting in the early afternoon. My project is coming along nicely.