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I just relocated to Chicago from Tucson at the beginning of August.
Looking forward to learning more about this unfamiliar city of
near-infinite neighborhoods! I'm pretty friendly. I have a dynamic
personality and am interested in engaging with the world in
different ways. I try to stay peaceful, open, outgoing, even while
I'm inherently skeptical and tend to look at things through a lens
of ironic humor. I'm brainy, but also adventurous, artsy, musical,
and open to new philosophies. I used to play drums in a lot of
different bands when I lived in NY and CA. Now I often travel to
conferences + art events for my job. I've spent a lot of time in
South Africa, where most of my family resides. I have a lot of
interests-- including music, art, programming, and reading
everything in sight. I like having good conversations.
What I’m doing with my life
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I'm an assistant professor of computer science with a research
interest in data visualization. I'm also a media artist and spend a
good amount of time designing interactive art installations.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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I liked reading the biographies of the recent Fields medal winners
in Quanta magazine. Before I got into programming and media arts I
studied literature (ABD in contemporary poetics), mostly now I read
(or at least skim) technical articles about data visualization and
computer graphics. I still like (re-)reading Emily Dickinson's
poems and finding the less famous Philip K. Dick's novels, and also
the end-of-the-year collections with the best articles on new
scientific discoveries. I sometimes have a bad habit of not
finishing novels I start. I go through phases. Roberto Bolano's
2666. Simon Rich's story about the time-traveling pickle-maker.
Looking for recommendations...!
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
- Having my Gretsch drum kit nearby so that I can practice whenever
and invite people to play music without too much hassle.
- Using my laptop to check craigslist for apartments and to make
and edit an ever evolving list of things to do and to apply
- Unstuffing a soft-covered unlined sketchbook from my front pocket
so that I can doodle to stave off ADHD when I'm in meetings longer
than 10 minutes.
- Knowing that I have far-flung allies located in cities across
- Being near trees and especially parks with those mini exercise
stations so that I can do a few pull-ups without having to go to
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
How to use and abuse technology to make data more meaningful; where
I can find a hill to go jogging in Chicago; Why every Thai
restaurant on Yelp is rated 3-stars.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Wandering around the city, or maybe working on some sort of project
or preparing for next week's class.
You should message me if
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