Personal.

I have two lovely dogs, Chunk and Walnut, who graciously lend me their ears when I am working through difficult problems. Chunk is a "miniature" German Shepherd and Walnut is a Heinz 57. Pictures available upon request; I only charge a picture of your own pets. 😊 Just shoot me an email.

I also enjoy biking and my Nintendo Switch (not at the same time). I'm still very bad at Smash in the grand scheme of things, but I can beat all my friends at least. As for the bike, if the weather is nice I commute to campus. Also my partner Nicola loves to skate so I am slowly learning that too and having a blast.

I love listening to, writing, and performing music. I play bass guitar, trumpet, piano, enough guitar to fake it, and not enough drums to fake it. I've performed at Dolly Parton's Stampede and in Washington D.C. In undergrad I hosted several weekly radio shows on our campus' student radio station. My tastes rotate between funk, disco, jazz, and pop. Lately I'm listening to Vulfpeck, L'Impératrice, Franc Moody, Fickle Friends, Dua Lipa, Superfruit, Chromeo, Breakbot, Jungle, The Marías, Van She, Caroline Polachek, … You can check out my Apple Music station (requires subscription). Note that this station is algorithmically curated based on what I listen to, not hand-selected. So all the cool tracks are mine but I disavow the ones you dislike — Apple must've chose those to play for you, not me. My taste is impeccable.

I'm interested in old school tabletop roleplaying games, like OD&D, BECMI, AD&D 1e and 2e, and Call of Cthulhu. In undergrad I wrote a play called A Stupid Game of Dungeons & Dragons which won the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation's Playwriting Contest for students and alumni and was performed in the Playwright's Theatre. In my spare time I've made my own rulesystem which is kinda based on OD&D and B/X. NB: it is very much a work in progress! If you playtest it, let me know how it goes!

I really like LEGO. I had a number of sets as a young kid and now that I am an older kid I have a much larger number. It's such a fun hobby to collect, build, and be creative. Someday I'd really like to sort and catalog my pieces to make my building projects go much smoother (and for curiosity's sake just to know the extent of my collection — I could estimate a number, but you wouldn't believe me so I'd prefer to bring receipts), but that's a herculean task. Plus I'll be moving once I finish my grad studies which would reset any work towards that, so I'll probably wait until we're settled in our next home.

I'm also trying to learn programming a little bit better. It's been a passive hobby for many years now but I've recently made it a point to become more proficient and adopt better practices. I started with GML (a Frankenstein's monster amalgamation of Javascript, C++, and C#) in 2005 but currently enjoy working in Python. Check out some work on my Github, and feel free to send me advice / improvements / bugs.