Interests

I have numerous interests. Here is a quick summary of some of my favorite things and relevant links for my reference.

For more concerted efforts, see Projects.

Home

  • Autodidactics: CourseTalk (aggregates and reviews different MOOCs), Dualingo, Frontline, Radiolab, Skunk Bear, TED, This American Life
  • Art: Most of my art is confined to doodles these days, but I enjoy drawing in pencil and pen and sculpting.
  • Gaming:
    • Board Games: Chess (though I have no great talent), Cranium, Dungeon, Othello, Risk, Trivial Pursuit
    • Card Games: Apples to Apples, Cards Against Humanity, Magic: The Gathering
    • Puzzles: lateral thinking, mechanical (lock picking), mathematical/logical, word (ciphers, riddles)
    • Tabletop Role-playing Games: Dungeons and Dragons (especially old school editions)
    • Videogames: PC Gaming (Action, RPG, Strategy), Retrogaming (Console PC/DOS)
  • Movies: See Criticker for my movie list and ratings
  • Music
    • Blues:Chicago Blues, Delta Blues, Electric Blues, Boogie-woogie
    • Classical: Baroque, High Classical
    • Country: Alternative Country, Bluegrass, Honky-tonk, Outlaw Country
    • Electronic: Acid Jazz, Breakbeat, Electro, Trip-Hop
    • Heavy Metal: Alternative Metal, New Wave British Metal, Speed Metal, Thrash Metal, Industrial Metal
    • Hip Hop: Alternative Hip-Hop, Old-School, Turntablism, Underground
    • Jazz: Bebop, Big Band, Cool Jazz, Fusion, Hard Bop, Swing
    • R&B/Soul: Disco, Funk, Motown, Soul
    • Rock: Alternative, Blues Rock, Grunge, Progressive, Psychedelic Rock, Punk, Rockabilly
    • World: Afrobeat, Celtic Folk, Funk Carioca, Indian Rock, Reggae, Soca
  • Reading: see Goodreads for my reading list and ratings. Graphic Novels, Novels, Novellas, Plays, Poetry, Short Stories
    • Fiction: Fantasy (comic fantasy, sword and sorcery, urban fantasy, weird fiction), Literary Fiction (American literature, magical realism, meta-fiction, philosophical fiction), Mystery, Science Fiction (comic sf, cyberpunk, hard sf, postapocalyptic, soft sf)
    • Nonfiction: Biography, Health & Fitness, History, Mathematics  (recreational, history), Philosophy (ethics, philosophical approaches to life, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, political philosophy), Politics, Science: Biology (epigenetics, evolutionary theory), Computer Science (programming languages,Information and coding theory, theory of computation), Psychology (biological, cognitive, social)
    • Online (See Pocket for recent online reads and reading backlog)
  • Sports
    • Mixed Martial Arts: The only sport I really follow.  Some of my favorite writers on the subject: Jack Slack (on striking), Connor Ruebusch (striking), and TP Grant (grappling)
  • Writing

 

Out and About

  • Family
    • Amusement Parks: Oregon has a lamentably small number of amusement parks (Oaks Park). We may have to go out to Silverwood in Idaho some time.
    • Animals: Dog Parks
    • Arcade: Ground Kontrol
    • Library & Book Stores: Beaverton and Mutnomah Public Library, Powell’s
    • Movie Theaters: I’m a fan of the Portland area second-run movie theaters.
    • Paintball:
    • Public Parks:
    • Zoo & Aquariums: Oregon Coast Aquarium Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
  • Food and Drink
    • Portland Food Carts
    • Yelp Portland
    • Urbanspoon Portland: Portland restaurants and reviews from critics, food bloggers and friends.
  • Nature
  • Portland Events
    • Calagator: A unified calendar for the technology community of Portland, Oregon. Portland Events Calendar
    • Geek Portland
    • Portland Jazz Festival February
    • The Bite of Oregon August
    • Oregon Brewfest July
    • Open Source Bridge
    • Waterfront Blues Festival July
    • Portland at Play Metro Parent
  • Sport and Exercise:
    • Circuit Training
    • Brazilian Jiu-jitsu: I’m a student at Impact Jiu Jitsu, currently holding a blue belt. I highly recommend it as a sport.
    • Jogging
    • Sporting Events: Mixed Martial Arts (NW Events), Roller Derby (Rose City Rollers)
    • Swimming