I am the proud parent of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi
is a "fluffy" (aka long-haired), which is uncommon for the
breed. She is a sweet-hearted rascal, and she has her
I play guitar, banjo, and sing. I enjoy listening to a large variety
of music, mostly progressive of various styles (rock, metal,
electronica). But I also enjoy acoustic alternative, country, and
bluegrass because of the instruments I play.
I spend a large amount of my free time reading. My (very out-of-date)
reading list is here
I used to compete in local powerlifting meets. Since late 2009 I
have been on hiatus, but I still do powerlifting-style training.
For about one month I held the USPF California Junior (up to 23 yo)
deadlift record in the 198 lb class at 569 lbs. My best meet total is
1295 lbs in the 220 weight class.
I'm an avid gamer. For a time I was very into MMORPGs as the main
tank and officer of my guild. Since that kind of schedule can't be
maintained while getting research done, I've moved on to other games.
These days, I mostly play modern board games (think Catan, not Monopoly).
You can find my collection here.
I have also recently gotten interested in miniature painting.
of different competitive tournaments in Starcraft II on the most
popular community site. This was
foray into Go.
I wrote a
parser for Rift. This was my first project in Scala.
I have a growing interest in politics, economics, and public
policy. My minor at MIT is in economics, specifically on energy
economics and policy. I enjoy a good
about politics and economics. I consider myself a pragmatic
centrist. My pet initiatives are electoral reform, climate change
(carbon tax or cap-and-trade), and more emphasis on facts and evidence
in public discourse.