Science Faction...

One of my favorite things about my job is the opportunity to meet and collaborate with a variety of scientists from around the globe. I recently met fellow PhD student Dalal Hanna, host and writer for the 2015 miniseries podcast Science Faction. Science Faction is a show about unbelievable discoveries, told with the 1000 most used words and a few little exceptions. Being a huge fan of RadioLab, I instantly took to Science Faction. Science explained in everyday terminology. It is simply brilliant.

In that same vein, my lab-mate Stephanie recently introduced me to the band below. So much fun knowledge being passed around. Breathe Owl Breathe. Good ol' Michiganders.



See You in Virginia...

I awoke the other morning to this little note on my fridge (thanks, Brett). Two weeks from today I will fly across the continent to meet up with my good friends Emily and James Adkins before driving onward to the great state of Virginia for a weekend of shows. James and I will be playing the following dates in Virginia: 

Friday, 3/11 - Slover Library, 12:00 pm  - 2:00 pm

Friday, 3/11 - Back Bay Brewing, 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm 

Saturday, 3/12 - Smartmouth Brewing Co, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Sunday, 3/13 - Pappa Ciccio's, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tuesday, 3/15 - Electroganic w/ Logan Vath and Dale Paul Lazar, 8:30 pm

I am so very excited for all of these shows and am especially excited to finally meet and play a show with the fella in the video below. It's been a long time coming, my distant friends.

See you in Virginia.


Graduate School Update: PhD Candidacy...


I realize that it's been quite some time since I've given a proper update on grad school happenings - mostly because I've been lost in my books with not much to tell. However, I am so very happy to announce that yesterday I passed my PhD comprehensive exam!!!! I can't begin to express how excited/happy/relieved I am. A HUGE sigh of relief. One step closer to the finish line. Classes are complete, the proposal is approved, and now the comps exam is passed. I can finally get back to research mode! 

Also, I have not forgotten the post I promised explaining my fascination with maps and spatial patterns, how science brought me to Vancouver, and the ins and outs of my PhD research. It is on the way. Thanks so much for your patience.

In the meantime, here is a strange little tune I wrote this afternoon - inspired by this RadioLab podcast on the deathwatch beetle. 



Steinbeck, Lewin, and Kennedy...

Rainy Vancouver weekends call for Walter Lewin physics lectures about sunsets and rainbows, scoring Steinbeck works at the used bookstore up the street, and continuing with comps exams studying. Also, Operation Box of Sunshine is back in full swing. This box is Texas-bound!! Perhaps it's just the calm before the storm that is the doctoral comprehensive exam, but a sense of balance is settling in. Here's to hoping it makes a home and sticks around for a while.

My good friends Big Virginia Sky submitted their entry today to NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest. I just love hearing these fellas make music. 



Follow Your Stupid Heart...

My dear friend Brandon Hoffman (aka Blocktreat) is a true musical wizard. He recently released the first single off of his latest album Exciting New Ventures in Fucking Up. Brandon takes bits and pieces of songs and sounds that he hears, breaks them down, builds them back up, and creates all sorts of ambient goodness. The ethereal vocal in the tune below are from a track we recorded years ago. I'm honored to be part of his new project in some capacity. You can slice me to pieces any day, Brando Mando :)

geez, he is so good.


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