Should you do an MS in Computer Science?

After spending four years at Columbia working toward a BA in Computer Science, I spent an additional year toward an MS, also in Computer Science. I'm still here now, pursuing a PhD in ... Computer Science. I know, not the most exciting personal history so far (although I promise I also …




On Education and Research

It's the night before my PhD orientation. I'll be spending the next few years working toward yet another degree from Columbia. It's still unclear where that'll lead me, but I already have aspirations for the kind of academic I'd like to mature into. I'm sure my perspective on certain matters …




A Trans-Siberian Journey

Over the summer, Alex and I went on an incredible journey that took us through Russia, Mongolia, and China. Via the Trans-Siberian, the Trans-Mongolian, and the Jingjiu railways, we made stops in Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Ulan-Ude, Ulaanbaatar, Beijing, and Hong Kong.

Narrowly missing the festivities of the White Nights, the …




Hello World!

For a little more than a year, I've been messing around with the idea of building a personal website. Held back by indecision, I've distracted myself with various server configurations, running load balancers and reverse proxies on a single machine, to preempt the imginary hordes of requests that might take …