This section is for my other interests and hobbies outside of mathematics.
I enjoy all kinds of music, and while I'm nowhere remotely close to professional, I like making music in various ways.
In my free time, I enjoy playing the piano/keyboard and singing, as well as arranging and composing music.
- I played classical piano when I was young until the end of high school, but I then had an regrettably long 12-year hiatus after that.
I then started playing informally again, though usually popular and jazz tunes more than classical music.
- Currently, I am a tenor in the Imperial College Choir.
- Often, I arrange and play solo and ensemble covers of a wide variety of music: popular tunes, folk songs, jazz pieces, etc.
Sharing them is an issue, though, with copyright laws and all :(.
- I have also done some music compositions in the past.
Long, long ago, I enjoyed sequencing MIDI files.
- I often geek around with Lilypond, a music engraving program that converts plain text scripts into printable sheet music.
- From elementary through high school, I played the trumpet/cornet in school concert bands and orchestras.
I have interest and some background in computer geeking and coding, beginning with a childhood dream of making videogames to a computer science degree at university.
- I tinker a bit with (Debian) Linux on my computers.
- Over the years, I've programmed in various languages, from QBasic in the early days to C++, Java, and Python.
- Since being a mathematician involves an extensive amount of mathematical writing, I do a substantial amount of typesetting via LaTeX.
Below are some additional interests and hobbies that I dabble in:
- I enjoy various sports-related things: running, working out, basketball, ultimate frisbee.
I am also a long-time San Antonio Spurs fan.
- Having grown up in small town Oklahoma, I mostly missed out on reading and writing Chinese beyond the first grade level.
Thus, this has been a continuing effort.