I was born on October 1, 1982 in Washington DC. I lived in Gaithersburg, Maryland until I was 11 years old, at which time I moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. I have a BS in Math from MIT and an MA in Math Education from NYU. I spent a few years teaching math in New York City public schools but quit after it became clear that teachers are given no respect and the educational system in our country is completely broken. I worked as an analyst at BrightIdea.com for a few years and now I currently work from my home in Astoria, New York.
I consider myself defined by my hobbies. I’m very talented, if I may say so myself, and this website is a showcase of things I’ve done in my spare time. Very rarely do I ever try hard at something and end up failing. I don’t believe in genetics, per se, or innate talent, because I think being good at a thing comes from working hard rather than being born with some special something.
Philosophically, I believe in logic. I’m also an atheist. The best analogy, of course, is Spock, or Vulcans in general. Unfortunately, Star Trek does a pretty poor job of portraying Vulcans, and usually gets the logic wrong, but at least they brought logic into the mainstream. I believe that if you think about something emotionally, you are thinking about it wrong. It’s probably why I’m so good at math.
My blog is an attempt to write down my thoughts and stir up conversation about important topics. It’s hard nowadays to talk about anything serious. The only people who can get away with it are comedians, which I think is unfortunate. Why do we always have to laugh whenever things get serious? My blog is a platform for straightforward, logical, rational debate.
This is the earliest video of me taken by my uncle in 1986. I keep it around for posterity’s sake.
This was my Christmas in 2006. I was still in New York while the rest of my family was in Las Vegas, so I videotaped it over iChat.
This is a brief clip of my Christmas in 2008. It was taken on my new Flip video recorder. Both my brother and my uncle ended up buying me one, ha ha.