Mathematics grad student, ex-programmer, compulsive reader,
displaced New Englander.
What I’m doing with my life
Studying math in grad school. Which translates to 10% studying, 25%
frantic homework completion, 5% grading papers, and 60% wasting
I’m really good at
Purportedly good at math, but I usually wish I were better.
I'm also good at sucking up a little information about a lot of
things. Which means I often know enough to get myself into trouble,
but not enough to get myself back out.
By December, I will hopefully know a lot (numerically) about how
cockroaches run across ceilings.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'd lie, but it's probably the ponytail.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I have a special place in my life for Neal Stephenson's novels, but
admittedly I mostly read non-fiction. This summer I read through a
mass of Terry Pratchett novels. I have a preference for his
Ankh-Morpok books. The last non-fiction book for fun I finished was
Delusions of Gender (Cordelia Fine). Right now I'm reading "To End
All Wars". I have a queue of books to start of finish of unknown
Radiohead is my favorite band. Lately I've been listening to the
Glitch Mob, Ida Maria, the Black Keys, and the Tron soundtrack
(which you should give a listen to, even if you thought the movie
was meh). When I was young, I played violin, and still like
classical, even if I don't listen to it often.
I have been cooking more lately, trying to figure out how to
balance interesting cooking and easy cooking. I made yogurt
recently, which made me feel a bit like a mad scientist. Fall and
winter are two of my favorite seasons, and I love fall and winter
foods (stews, roasts, baked things, etc). I'm not a vegetarian, but
my latest thing has been to be vegetarian during weekdays. I'm not
sure how the experiment will turn out. My appreciation for tofu has
been increasing rapidly.
The six things I could never do without
Water, Food, and Air.
Something to read
My girlfriend, vitupera
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Glancing at my computer lists suggests I think (or read) a lot
about computers, science, politics, demographics, atheism, and
I'm paid to think about mathematics. This semester, it's
cockroachs, probability, homology, and what exactly it is that I
want to do with the rest of my (mathematical) life.
On a typical Friday night I am
Either wasting my time on the internet, or wasting my time trying
to get homework done.
You should message me if
If you get in debates about handwriting or typography. If you want
to talk about geeky things. If you like coffee.
On the internet, I can usually be found as @snarkyxanf