about

I designed this site to provide information about my research and to share content that I’ve created over the years. Several of my interests don’t fit into that category, but may contribute to a broader view of my identity. I’ve listed that information here.

What the?

This sort of thing is a bit outmoded with all the social networking sites that have popped up. Now it seems that you can’t escape hearing about the trivial interests of other people—all the time. That’s unfortunate. Facebook, MySpace, and all the rest have in many ways transformed the personal into the impersonal. In some bleak, unlikely future, after mankind has squandered all its energy resources, I suspect that the social web will fall among the least of the things missed.

Sanskrit

It’s been years since I last hit the books on Sanskrit. I even switched to Mandarin for a brief period, but I have enough trouble staying on top of English. My lack of follow through didn’t stop me when I came to buy a domain name, though.

Tai Chi

I’m learning a Yang-style taijiquan. If you’re in the Bay Area, you should give it a shot at the Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto. Now that I’m in the DC area, I have no idea where to go.

Playing Music

I used to play the bass guitar, but it’s hard to sing along to thump-thump-plang. Recently I bought an acoustic guitar and a banjo. Now I’m a-pickin’ and a-grinnin’ the nights away. Having logged several hours on Guitar Hero, I’m certain that it’s more fun to create than to consume.

Listening to Music

That said, I like to consume as much as anybody. Here’s a list of a few artists that I enjoy—right now: Diamanda Galas (Guilty, Guilty, Guilty), Skinny Puppy, CocoRosie, Antony & the Johnsons, Peter Brötzmann (and Last Exit), Bauhaus, Secret Chiefs 3, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, The Savages, and Passion Pit.

Reading Books

My reading patterns and focus have changed dramatically over the last few years. Although I’m still pleased with Albert Camus, my attention has shifted from absurdist fiction, through Haruki Murakami, to the lost generation. I wonder why.

Philosophy of Science

Doesn’t everyone read this stuff? I guess not. My life centers on the processes of discovery and creativity, and sometimes philosophers say interesting things.

Having Fun

Do you like fun? I sure do. In my book, nothin’ beats it.