Interests Outside of Work
Music and Painting
Since I was 10, I was adamant about writing and performing music. Through the course of time, I've learned to play the piano and guitar (my two main instruments), along with the bass, drums, vibes, and even the tuba. I've played in jazz combos and bands, as well as in pit orchestras/bands for community musical productions. I also sing (baritone) and can program a synthesizer or two. In recent years, I've also started abstract painting (primarily with acrylics). Someday, perhaps I'll summon the vulnerability to post some of my work here!
I find it incredibly restorative to go for long walks and hikes in the forests, in the mountains, and by water. Below are some photos from travels in Colorado, Michigan, and California.
Three fun facts:
My shoelaces are perpetually becoming untied. It's not the best trait for someone who enjoys hiking.
I tried my hand at programming video games in college and early grad school as a hobby. I eventually became too busy and never completed any of the projects, but they were great excuses to make tons of never-to-be-used music and pixel art. Notable yet silly gems include "Defender of Detroit," a "schmup" where you control a benevolent alien who fights robots to defend the city of Detroit, and "Spy Kitty," a Metroidvania-style platformer where you control a furtive feline infiltrating a military base controlled by evil dogs (don't worry, I still think dogs are good people).
Ten years ago, I used to joke that I was allergic to developmental psychology. Later, I discovered the wonders that are life history theory, attachment theory, and longitudinal modeling.