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title: About Me
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h1. About Me

I am a student and computer programmer working towards a degree in Computer Science at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. I code in Python, PHP (reluctantly), Ruby, Lua and a smattering of other languages. Most of my work to date has been in the domain of Web applications, but I am also interested in databases, data structures, programming language theory, and discrete mathematics.

I am an avid Linux user and advocate, despite the fact that my primary computer is a Macbook Pro running Mac OS X. (Though it *does* dual-boot Arch Linux.)

Non-programming subjects I am interested in include:

* Linguistics
* Transit planning
* Space science
* Economics
* Political science
* Music
* Ultimate Frisbee
* Baseball
* Hockey
* Snow


h2. Favorite Books

This is by no means an exhaustive list. I am always on the lookout for new books to read, so if you have any recommendations, feel free to send me an e-mail.

h3. Nonfiction

* ??Through The Language Glass?? by Guy Deutscher
* ??What's So Great About Christianity??? by Dinesh D'Souza
* ??Foundations of Python Network Programming?? by John Goerzen
* ??RailsSpace?? by Michael Hartl and Aurelius Prochazka
* ??SQL Antipatterns?? by Bill Karwin

h3. Fiction

* The ??X-Wing?? series by Aaron Allston and Michael Stackpole
* ??Ender's Game?? by Orson Scott Card
* All of the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
* ??Hood?? and ??The Paradise War?? by Stephen R. Lawhead (still need to read the rest of their respective trilogies)
* ??Out of the Silent Planet??, the ??Chronicles of Narnia?? series, and ??The Screwtape Letters?? by C.S. Lewis (really, anything by C.S. Lewis)
* ??Shatterpoint?? by Matt Stover
* ??The Guns of the South?? by Harry Turtledove
* ??A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court?? by Mark Twain
* Any book by Timothy Zahn