Why "Tai Chi Knees"?
When I was about twenty-seven down at University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, there was a boy I really liked who was into Tai Chi. In an attempt to impress him, I asked him to show me some forms. He showed me "Tiger Stance" (is that actually a thing?) and as I lunged to the right there was an audible pop in my right knee. It really hurt, but, because of the aforementioned need to impress the boy, I lunged to the left. Another pop. I spent the next two weeks on crutches. My knees have never been the same. I have Tai Chi Knees.
The silver lining was that I did impress the boy and eventually we got married and had a son. Totally worth it.
Music Composition, "Elnea" and the Whole Halo Thing
I played piano quite seriously in my childhood and did some competitive piano in high school, but didn't know much about composition. My ex was a studio musician at one time, and he taught me a little about recording music (in the early 90s recording was still done on tape!). I performed in a few shows in med school and in my residency, but that was about it.
After getting disabled I started taking guitar lessons (because why not), and through my Halo videogame play with my son, I discovered the RedVsBlue machinima series, back around episode one. (Yep, Roosterteeth used to just have one popular video.) I started blogging there under the username Elnea (a username I chose in the late 90s because the name Linnea was always taken. That became LNea and finally Elnea.
Anyway, I met a couple at a RedVsBlue convention in Toronto around 2005 who wanted to do a machinima series called Silver Stars/Purple Hearts (SSPH) about a group of female Halo Spartans and wanted me to do the voice of the scientist doing genetic research on them. As a joke I sent them the song "Blow Boys Away" (I recorded it in one sitting on a clunky 2005 freeware version of Audacity that allowed you only to record over and over across one track), and they made that into a video (as did one of my fans QuackJag). Once they had the voice recording in place I suggested they needed a music soundtrack. So then I started to teach myself music production, and at the time there was very little available. I switched over to Mac and started learning Logic 9 and started taking private music composition classes with Michael Adamczyk, my guitar instructor at the time. Most of the Halo music I did back then was, in retrospect, pretty terrible although I was rather proud of the More Than Just a Voice song (but wish I was a better singer), the Halo Unyielding part 2 soundtrack and other non-Halo orchestral and vocal pieces.
After that I did voice work, foley and music for a number of fan projects, including the SSPH miniseries pilots, a animation/machinima project called "Halo Unyielding", trailers, as well as some non-Halo stuff for folks that found me incidentally. Lauren Urban (a.k.a. OboeCrazy) and I debuted the "I Want Master Chief" machinima video at a Vancouver Halo Convention that got promoted on the bungie website in an interview. It was a fun run. At the time, thought about writing score music professionally (I have a cousin that does so), but unfortunately was too sick at the time to pursue it.
Anyway: music. Everything I've written is Creative Commons 4.0 stuff anyone is welcome to use totally for free. I do write music with nothing to do with videogames as well. So many hobbies...
Halo Action Figure Theater
My old Halo Action Figure Theater webcomic (2006-2013), hosted by the good people at halo.bungie.org. It all started as I took photos of my kid's Halo toys, and somehow blossomed into a whole... thing. I've had my chance at e-fame (with fan art, fan fiction, and all that weirdness), and it was very, very odd. But at least it wasn't as invasive ase-fame possibilities are today. Regardless I keep meaning to continue the saga, especially since I now know how to use a camera. I just have too many hobbies.