I'm a 33-year-old tea-drinking,
glasses-wearing, book-reading, web-surfing news junkie, living near Boston.
I'm married to the former Robin Faigeles.
Paying The Rent Until I was recently laid-off, I worked for Informio, a start-up that builds voice Web applications. I was the inhouse expert on what those applications should do (things like streaming the news or doing stock trades or updating a sales database) and how they should do it (callflow writing and usability testing).
I'm something of a tea addict. I usually have around 40 different varieties in the house,
and if you come over for dinner, you can choose from the tea list.
Our house came with a
pond with one big ornamental carp (Phil) and eight goldfish (Herbert, Swimmy, Goldie, and five to be named later). We had a floater this spring,
alas. But the others have proved remarkably resistant.
I enjoy cooking. I also enjoy watching it on TV, especially the Food TV shows Cooking Live with Sara Moulton, a
refreshingly unpretentious show. Then there's the incredible pretension, over-dramatization, and
bad dubbing of the Iron Chef.
I'm enlisted in the quest for obscure knowledge. I participate in
Distributed.Net, by donating my spare CPU time
to the search for the Optimal Golomb Ruler (and, more practically, to breaking the RC5 encryption scheme by brute force).
You can see how I'm doing.
Or download the client and help out!
You can ask me a
question, if you'd like.
Some books I've recently enjoyed:
The Total Package by Thomas Hine
Packages are all around us - this book gives an insightful look at the way they shape our behavior.
The Iliad by Homer
A classic for good reasons, with a translation that captures the motion, poetry, and drama of the original.
Bombay Time by Thrity Umrigar
The interlocking and turbulent fictional lives of a group of Parsis living in contemporary Bombay.
Moghul Buffet by Cheryl Benard
A mystery about Pakistani society, feminism, and afghan refugees? This unlikely combination succeeds quite well.