I'm originally from New England (mostly RI & MA) but moved out
west for grad school (and now, finally, a "real" job). I still have
family and friends on the East Coast from various stages of my
life, and try to go back on a regular basis to keep in touch with
them. I like spending time with people who are passionate about
what they do, but are still open to other opinions.
I love singing, especially with other people, especially in
I've been involved in choirs nearly continuously for as long as I
can remember (including a large amount of college a cappella, if
I'm being honest). I recently moved from LA to the south bay,
leaving my old choir behind, and am starting to miss it again!
What I’m doing with my life
I moved up to Mountain View this past summer after finishing a
Ph.D. in Applied Math at UCLA. I just started work at a certain
large web search company that seems to have taken over a good chunk
of this city.
I’m really good at
Reading fiction quickly. If I get into a good book, I tend to tear
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: It varies, but my current favorite series are The Dresden
Files by Jim Butcher and Diskworld by Terry Pratchett. Also most
things by Neil Gaiman. Yeah, most of what I read is
TV: Of shows currently running? In no particular order: Breaking
Bad, Doctor Who, Dexter, Burn Notice, Homeland, Suits, Parks and
Recreation, and Community.
Food: I dunno, Indian and Thai are pretty good. Also, I lived for 6
years in Los Angeles without finding a decent vegetarian Pho
(Vietnamese noodle soup). Now I live a mile away from three
different such restaurants. So I've gotten a little obsessed with
The six things I could never do without
Some way to write down random thoughts about math, programming or
life. Preferably: a chalkboard plus an infinite supply of chalk.
Acceptable substitute: a pen and a notepad.
My car. I lived in Los Angeles for 3 years without a car; now that
I have one, I can't imagine going back.
My laptop. I use the internet quite a bit, I guess.
Hm...I don't know...black pepper? Seriously, though, everything
tastes better with pepper sprinkled on it.
The sixth item on this list.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The shortest path to get from one location to another.
On a typical Friday night I am
Sometimes out, with friends, at a movie or bar or something.
Sometimes in, with friends, playing boardgames. And sometimes just
home, recharging, watching TV or working on a side project for fun.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
That I kind of have a hard time admitting private things to
You should message me if
You're laid back but like geeking out occasionally. Math,
Literature, Science, TV, whatever --- it's fun being around people
who get overly enthusiastic about some topic.