Category Archives: school

Things pertaining to my education.

Official Announcement and Official Request


I’m starting the Master’s program in computer science at BYU in the fall! That means I will be taking some spring and summer classes in preparation for the program’s beginning in fall.


My dad gave me an gift certificate and I want to use it to broaden my musical horizons. I’d like your recommendations of albums I should purchase to fill in obvious gaps in my collection, to expand upon what I already have, or to send me in totally new directions.

To facilitate your recommendations, below is a list of basically every album I own—just about everything I’ve accumulated since getting my first CD sometime in middle school that hasn’t gotten destroyed or lost or scratched beyond repair before I could rip it onto my computer. It’s listed according to my own self-devised category system, and the artist is listed if I was able to think of it or thought it worth looking up. I’ve bolded music that has been particularly influential over time or that is currently in favor.

Please leave your suggestions as a comment to this post. Thanks!

My Music Collection by Category

Hard To Classify

  • The Decemberists: The Crane Wife, Picaresque
  • Sin Bandera: De viaje
  • Nickel Creek: Why Should the Fire Die
  • Любэ: Давай За… [Lyube: Davai Za…]

Some Kind o’ Rock

  • U2: All That You Can’t Leave Behind, The Joshua Tree, The Best of 1990-2000, The Best Of 1990-2000 – B-Sides
  • The David: Another Day, Another Lifetime
  • Coldplay: A Rush of Blood to the Head, Parachutes
  • REM: And I Feel Fine… The Best of the I.R.S. Years 1982-1987
  • Switchfoot: The Beautiful Letdown
  • Maná: Amar Es Combatir, Cuando Los Ángeles Lloran, Dónde Jugarán Los Niños, Falta Amor
  • Greg Simpson: Seven Wonders
  • La Oreja de Van Gogh: Lo que te conté mientras te hacías la dormida
  • Lapdog
  • DragonForce-Through_the_Fire_and_Flames.mp3


  • John Williams: American Journey, All Star Wars Soundtracks (Episodes 2 and 3 are currently influential), Out of This World, Schindler’s List, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Far And Away
  • Danny Elfman (and others): Big Fish, Edward Scissorhands, Spider-Man 2
  • Back To The Future
  • Klaus Badelt: Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Shine
  • Joe Hisaishi: Spirited Away
  • The Other Side of Heaven
  • Mountain of the Lord
  • The Fellowship of the Ring, The Return of the King, The Two Towers
  • Disneyland The Official Album

Game Soundtracks

  • WorldOfGoo Soundtrack
  • Lode Runner: The Legend Returns

LDS-Specific (Stuff that doesn’t fit elsewhere or just fits better here)

  • Afterglow: A More Perfect Light, Another Witness, The Best of Afterglow Volume 2: Original Favorites, Someone Is Listening, Ever Onward
  • MoTab: A Mormon Tabernacle Christmas; Brahms, A German Requiem; Love Is Spoken Here; Then Sings My Soul; The Sound of Glory
  • Michael Mclean: The Collection, Volume I
  • EFY: Forward With Faith, A Season For Courage, The Best Of Especially For Youth Vol.2
  • BYU Men’s Chorus: Echoes of the Sabbath, Awake My Soul
  • Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Video Soundtrack
  • From Cumorah’s Hill
  • Greater Than Us All
  • Kory Kunz: I Believe

Musicals and Similar

  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Les Miserables
  • Savior of the World
  • The Garden: An Allegorical Oratorio
  • Light Of The World

Big Band and Other Jazz

  • Swing
  • Swing Kids
  • Wicked Swing
  • The Big Band Era Vol 2
  • Buena Vista Social Club: Buena Vista Social Club, Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer
  • Miles Davis: Kind of Blue
  • Glenn Miller: The Unforgettable
  • Chuck Mangione: Fun and Games, The Best Of Chuck Mangione

Classical and Neo-Classical

  • Beautiful Classics
  • Gustav Holst: The Planets
  • Jay Richards: Journey Home, Passages
  • Hiromi Hyodo: Heaven Sent, Perfume of Flowers
  • Mormon Youth Symphony and Chorus: Bravo
  • John Scmidt: August End, To The Summit
  • Josh Groban: Closer
  • Kamiakin High School Instrumental Music Program
  • A Wonderful Taste of the Music Experience [sampler]

New Age / Synthesized / You know…

  • Ray Lynch: Deep Breakfast
  • Vangelis: Chariots Of Fire
  • Mannheim Steamroller: Christmas Extraordinaire, Christmas in the Aire, Fresh Aire 1-8 (1-6 especially), Mannheim Steamroller – 25 Years
  • Enya: A Day Without Rain, Watermark
  • Coming Full Circle
  • Innovators

Mellow Stuff

  • Colors: Falling In
  • Jack Johnson: In Between Dreams
  • James Taylor – Greatest Hits
  • Flamenco Music for Acoustic Guitar
  • Like an Old Soldier

TA and Publishing

Guess what! I just got hired on as a teaching assistant for Dr. Alan Manning’€™s Linguistics 430 “Theoretical Syntax”€ starting this fall. The fact that I got the high score on the final was probably a big help. I’m really excited because it’€™ll give me some great experience, and help me to keep everything I learned this semester fresh in my mind.

Also, my article “Gutenberg’€™s Heir: The Internet as an Agent of Linguistic Change” was published in BYU’€™s English Linguistics student journal, Schwa, Issue 1. While I’€™m not quite sure how you can get a hold of a copy, I’m very proud to see my work in print.

So, two big milestones for me in the past two weeks. Hooray for a great end of the semester! Almost as if in celebration, my friends and I all went camping and hiking last yesterday near Hobble Creek, close to Springville.

The Hikers

The Hikers

Glorious Crossing

Glorious Crossing

Cool Flames

Cool Flames

Orange Flames

An Orange on Fire

The Source

The Source

The Real Source

The Real Source (closeup)


And now she has a boyfriend! Salt in the wound, insult to injury, a slap in the face. But really, it’s not so bad. I hope she finds happiness. I don’t suppose I want to be around her, at all really. There’s a lot of pain tied up in my memories of her. So, may she find joy and peace, but may I never see her again!? That doesn’t seem right. Well, I’ll think about it.

Meanwhile, there are a lot of great things to do around here. Here’s tonight’s nighttime hike to Stewart Falls up by Sundance:

Stewart Falls

Along with the usual suspects, of course: All of my roommates with their dates. We got going a bit later than planned, so by the time we got up to the falls it was pretty much pitch black. That did have the great advantage of allowing us to see the beautiful, clear night sky as we ate Paul’s famous chili with some grilled-cheese sandwiches.

Tomorrow I’m supposed to be going to Salt Lake with the BYU Interpretation and Translation Training Club. We’re going to take a tour of the Church’s translation and interpretation facilities at the Conference Center. I plan on sleeping on the ride up!

Also, I did a long phonetic transcription of Bob Vila explaining in Spanish how to prepare for a hurricane. “Estamos en estado de alerta por un huracán….” I listened to that recording many more times than I really wanted to, but hey, it’s Bob! There are worse things.

Good night!