Random things I enjoy:

Old-style (but new) French music

I used to compose music in a French impressionistic style. Here is a piece I wrote as an undergraduate called “Citherne,” performed by the marvelous pianist, mathematician, and fellow graduate student (at the time) Adrian Banner at the GC dining hall at Princeton.
(recording of Citherne by Adrian Banner) | (score for Citherne)
It was supposed to be the first of 4 movements, but I never wrote the third and fourth. The second piece is called Theorbo. When I posted the score of Theorbo on the internet, people I have never met sent me beautiful recordings of it that they played themselves! Here is a recording of Theorbo, performed by the very talented Garrett Katz, who I have not yet had the good fortune to meet in person, but hopefully someday! The score is also here in case you would like to try to play it yourself (it's not too hard to sightread).
(recording of Theorbo by Garrett Katz) | (score for Theorbo)

Room Escape Games

I love room escape games and other types of puzzle games, particularly those that are easy for a kid to solve but might be hard for an adult.


In graduate school, I played in the Princeton-based mathematical student band called “Jersey Sprawl.” The recording here contains contributions from several people, including Dargan Frierson (banjo) Richard Sharp (viola), and Ed Browne (bass), and me on vocals. I'm not a trained singer - I taught myself in graduate school how to sing.
(recording of Jersey Sprawl covering Who Put the Blood from 2004)

There's also a recording of Ed and I playing the old classic “Time After Time”
(recording of Ed and I playing Time After Time in 2004 or 2005).


Particularly the high quality dark kind.

Old Houses

I'm a proud member of our local preservation society. I wish modern architects understood symmetry.