Hobbies & Interests

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


Silver at the Subleague Tournament, 2015

One of my primary hobbies was Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a grappling-based martial art that offers a unique combination of complexity, humility, and camaraderie. Covid and knee surgery sidelined me, and I have not taken it back up. Additionally, I engage in various sports, even if I may not excel in them.

Exercise is an integral part of my routine, with a preference for high-intensity interval training, functional training, and calisthenics. I also enjoy activities like jogging, swimming, and yoga for stretching and relaxation. When it comes to outdoor activities, I find pleasure in hiking, rockhounding, and camping.


Playing games, watching movies and television series, listening to music, and reading are some of my favorite pastimes.

Social games such as D&D and Cards Against Humanity, as well as brainteasers like lateral thinking and logic puzzles, pique my interest. I also enjoy console and PC gaming, especially role-playing games (RPGs) and retro-gaming.

In terms of television, I have thoroughly enjoyed series like 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).

When it comes to music, I have an eclectic taste, appreciating genres such as Blues, Classical, Country, Electronic, Heavy Metal, Hip Hop, Jazz, R&B/Soul, Rock, and World Music.

Pleasure reading is another passion of mine, and I indulge in a variety of genres, including biographies, fantasy, literary fiction, mystery, and science fiction. Some of my favorite authors include Michael Chabon, Jorge Luis Borges, Vladimir Nabokov, Mark Twain, Ursula K. Le Guin, Neal Stephenson, Brandon Sanderson, Vernor Vinge, Roger Zelazny, and Terry Pratchett. Goodreads is where I share my reading choices and ratings.


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