Ding Dong Merrily

January 6th, 2017

On this, the last day of Christmastide, a quick note on my 2016 Christmas music standouts. 1. I gained appreciation this year for The Huron Carol, also called Gabriel’s Message or In the Moon of Wintertime. I’ve had many versions in the mix(es) for years, but its brooding character really charmed me this winter. Here’s […]

Because Redesigning Album Art Is About More Than Procrastination

February 6th, 2016

It’s about productivity. I have a strange relationship with the music I play and store in iTunes. Working on a PhD has only increased this. What I haven’t mentioned yet, though, is the important role album art plays in my computer deskscape. Yes ‘deskscape’ because I spend more time in this screen environment than anywhere […]

The List 2015

January 9th, 2016

The Tenth List 2015 marks the 10th year I’ve kept a viewing list. It’s expanded over the years (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006), but for some reason, I still get immense pleasure being able to look back at the year via titles I’ve watched. Names of the films I saw with […]

My Most Watched Films: 2007-2014

January 7th, 2015

In my years of tracking every film I watch throughout the year and noting each year’s most watched films, it occured to me that as my data pool grew, there could be some films only watched once a year that never make the annual lists but are in fact, among my most watched films overall. […]

The List 2014

January 2nd, 2015

I am rapidly approaching the 10 year anniversary of this List. It’s changed a bit over time (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013). I added television series a few years ago, but this year definitely set a record. Doing a PhD seems to have increased my series viewing (watchable in shorter increments) and […]

Christmas Playlist Gifting #2

December 21st, 2014

Because Christmas Music is my favorite aspect of the Christmas season and because I am not gifted with the gift of loving gift giving (my love languages tend more towards time and words), I’ve enjoyed making this (and this) free downloadable Christmas playlist. I’ll make some more next year, as curating Christmas playlists is my […]

Ding Dong Merrily! Music Gifting

December 12th, 2014

Yeah- I know. Where’s my blog? In my brain. Not on my bulletin board. To everything a season. And though the past two years haven’t quite been a consistent blogging season, it is right now the season of CHRISSSSSSSSSTMAAAAAAAAAAAAS! I’ve got a few thematic playlists I would like to gift, but I’ll start with just […]

What Happens When Doing A PhD Dramatically Shrinks Your Social And Work Spheres…

May 19th, 2014

On May 7, something I have been looking forward to for over a year finally happened. The exciting moment came quietly, sneakily, while I was working at my desk, but the months and months of anticipation beforehand included careful monitoring, betting, wishing, and waiting. So now I celebrate: The Day That A Song Finally Surpassed […]

The List 2013

January 11th, 2014

It’s my 8th year tracking what films I watch over the course of the year. (Yes, doing a PhD has significantly lessened my brain space for blogging, but my film lists persist). [2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012]. I’ve stopped tracking the hours spent viewing film and television, as I seem to average about […]

The List 2012

January 7th, 2013

7 years and still counting. Any explanations needed, I refer you to the 2011 list, or 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006. Though I’ll include: “My ‘Favorites’ are based on the overall experience of the film- what impacted or enchanted me, not always objectively on what I think were the most quality films. My “Disappointments” have […]