The Other Stuff

Moving Into An Apartment (As Told By “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”)

the-man-from-u-n-c-l-eOver the past week, I moved into my very first apartment. With about a week and a half left now before I officially start the the PhD program in music theory and cognition at Northwestern University, I have a Continue reading “Moving Into An Apartment (As Told By “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”)”


Red Riding Hood Silent Film with Classical Music


This past year I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance.  For my senior recital, I decided to do something a little different.  To me, the Haydn sonata I was learning sounded like the kind Continue reading “Red Riding Hood Silent Film with Classical Music”


7 Ways to Put a Robot in Your Fantasy Story


It isn’t easy putting tech into a fantasy setting. Yet it can be done! Sometimes even correctly. Here are 7 methods that might or might not work. Though looking at the ‘humor’ tag on this post, it’s probably a lot of tongue and cheek. Time travel! Nothing goes wrong with having a robot time travel […]

via 7 Ways to Put a Robot in Your Fantasy Story — Legends of Windemere

Books, Music

Voldemort and Beyoncé Robots (Or a Dream I Had)


A little while ago, I had a pretty phenomenal (but stressful) dream.

In this dream, I had to kill Voldemort.  But I had time travelled to the future with Beyoncé as my traveling companion.

In this future, we were in an outdoor marketplace trying to hide form Voldemort.  We figured we’d blend into the scenery, so we started dancing among a group of Beyoncé robots.  (Beyoncé was doing pretty well keeping up with them, but I was flailing about as I tried to match their steps.)

At one point, Beyoncé started singing as Continue reading “Voldemort and Beyoncé Robots (Or a Dream I Had)”

Books, Music

Top 3 Funniest Quotes From The Importance of Being Earnest


(Plus a comparison to a Flight of the Conchords song…)

1. “How you can sit there, calmly eating muffins when we are in this horrible trouble, I can’t make out. You seem to me to be perfectly heartless.”

“Well, I can’t eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs. One should always eat muffins quite calmly. It is the only way to eat them.”

“I say it’s perfectly heartless your eating muffins at all, under the circumstances.”

2. “You have filled my tea with lumps of sugar, and though I asked most distinctly for bread and butter, you have given me cake. I am known for the gentleness of my disposition, and the extraordinary sweetness of my nature, but I warn you, Miss Cardew, you may go too far.”

3. “Ever since I met you I have admired you more than any girl…I have ever met since…I met you.”

(This last quote is a lot like a line in the hilarious song, “Jenny,” by Flight of the Conchords:

“I meant it was nice to meet you that time that I met you…When was it that we met that time that I met you when I met you?”)


Literary Characters for President!

Characters for President

Could your favorite character be the next POTUS? Meet the candidates:


Hamlet (Hamlet)

As Prince of Denmark, I already have incredibly valuable experience in politics. My fellow candidates like to point out my inability to act in previous situations[1]. They also like to throw around the term “insanity” in their accusations. But need I remind you that I did get the job done in the end? Anyone who acts impulsively is not fit to rule this country, which is why I am the man for the job.

Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)

It is high time that the United States of America had a president with a head on his—or her—shoulders. It is true that I do not have the political experience of Hamlet, but while he was dealing with political scandal I was out in the real world, helping to save millions of lives from Voldemort. Yet I am also one of you, coming from a humble family of dentists. Vote for me and we will increase this country’s prestige together.

George Wickham (Pride and Prejudice)

What this country needs is a soldier, and I am just the man for Continue reading “Literary Characters for President!”


The Only Exercise Playlist You’ll Ever Need



 1) Short Ride in a Fast Machine by John Adams

First, you need some motivation and optimism for the long trial ahead…you shall win the Olympics of exercise! You shall conquer!!! Endurance, strength, power: you have it all.

2) The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky

So much for the babying. This is about a girl who is chosen to die as a sacrifice to the gods. And though it may start out a little slow, you can tell. So you can either start listening right when it gets crazy or take advantage of that nice, slow intro.

 3) The Planets, Op. 32: Mars, the Bringer of War by Gustav Holst


4) …To Die For by Hans Zimmer (from The Lion King)

Kind of an outlier in this list, I know, but this piece will always be terrifying. ALWAYS.

RUN, SIMBA, RUN!!!!!!!!!

(These next three are particularly effective if it’s kind of dark or foggy out:) Continue reading “The Only Exercise Playlist You’ll Ever Need”