Interests

Books

My main criterion for an apartment is that it have enough walls for bookshelves. There are many books I want and many books I have (plus more in boxes that will come out Real Soon Now).

Puzzles

Every year since 1998, I’ve participated in the MIT Mystery Hunt, a weekend-long team puzzle competition. The winners each year write the puzzles for the next year, and I was on the winning team in 1999 (Setec Astronomy), 2001 (Setec Astronomy), 2005 (Physical Plant), and 2010 (Metaphysical Plant). I was one of four leaders of the team that organized and wrote the 2006 S.P.I.E.S. Hunt and the 2011 Video Games Hunt, and in 2000 and 2002 I helped answer phones for the organizing team. It’s the best weekend all year.

2006 Hunt puzzles I (co)wrote

Music and musicals

In college and after, I was very involved in the MIT Musical Theatre Guild, mostly as a tech. I stage managed You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Assassins, and Into the Woods; ran light board or moved sets for Children of Eden, West Side Story (PDF review), and Star Wars: Musical Edition (photos), among others; and actually acted in City of Angels. I also played piano for ten years in elementary/high school and sang in MIT’s Concert Choir.

Rock Climbing

I haven’t climbed much since high school, and I miss it. Maybe going to a gym will be a project soon. I wrote my MIT admissions essay about climbing and math – I’ll have to dig it out and post it at some point.

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