Hobbies & Interests

My primary hobbies include Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, exercise, playing games, pleasure reading, and continual learning. My interests are numerous!

Activities

Silver at the Subleague Tournament, 2015

I enjoy playing most sports, even if I do them poorly. The one sport I regularly engage in is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling-based martial art, something akin to wrestling. Unlike wrestling, in BJJ the aim is to make your opponent give-up (signaled by tapping) rather than to pin, and you may choke and joint lock your opponent. It sounds brutal, but it it is a remarkably complex, humbling, and convivial art.

In addition to sport, I exercise regularly. My preference is for high-intensity interval training, functional training, and calisthenics. I also enjoy the occasional jog, swimming and stretching (especially yoga).

Out and about in the city, I enjoy dining, dancing, and karaoke with friends and family. Being relatively uninhibited has its advantages.

Being in nature is also a joy to me, though I do not get away as much as I’d like to. When out I like hiking, rockhounding, and camping.

Entertainment

For pure relaxation, I spend my time playing games, watching movies and television, listening to music, and reading for pleasure.

I especially favor social games (D&D, Cards Against Humanity, etc.), brainteasers (lateral thinking, logic, riddles, etc.), and console/PC gaming (esp. RPGs and retro-gaming). And like most everyone, I enjoy a good movie or television show. Some of my favorite recent television includes The Good Place, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, GLOW, Stranger Things, Fargo, and Mindhunter. You can find my movie ratings on Criticker.

The only sport I follow is mixed martial arts (MMA).

I listen to a great range of music, including Blues, Classical, Country, Electronic, Heavy Metal, Hip Hop, Jazz, R&B/Soul, Rock, and World Music.

My pleasure reading consists of various biographies, fantasy, literary fiction, mystery, and science fiction books. To get a sense of my tastes, here are a few of my favorite authors: Michael Chabon, Jorge Luis Borges, Mark Twain, Ursula K. Le Guin, Neal Stephenson, Brandon Sanderson, Vernor Vinge, Roger Zelazny, and Terry Pratchett. I share my reading and ratings on Goodreads.

Learning

I have too many interests to enumerate here, so ‘Learning’ will get its own page.