AJ's Interests



Hmmm... where do I start? Well first, if you want information on my research or our research group, you clicked on the wrong link... Try again.

I'll probably add more to this page as time goes on, but for now, this is all you get. Oh, and if you're looking for a picture of me, good luck. I don't think you'll find one on the internet. It scares me to think of what someone (particularly someone in my lab) could do if they got a picture of me and did a little "image processing".

Granted, this page is not too flashy or exciting, but if you want to see my best work in web page design. Check out my college football pool. This doesn't have any graphics, but in terms of what it offers in functionality, I consider it to be quite good. This year things will be run like an around the clock financial market with teams playing the role of stocks. Trades will be done in real-time and to add some spice to things, dividends will be awarded to owners of teams each week based on margin of victory over ranked teams.


Well, here's the list of my interests:

Anime

Recently, I've gotten hooked on watching anime (Japanese animation). For those of you with absolutely idea ;P, these are not like "Tom & Jerry", "Bugs Bunny", etc. They are directed towards various audiences and not just children. I actually prefer to watch anime in place of most network television.

I watch anime with the MIT anime club. They have free showings every other Friday night throughout the school year. You can check the Anime Web Turnpike to find a club near you. Most are free and serve only to introduce others to something they enjoy. If you have a local anime club around you, I recommend you check it out.


Karate

Just this summer, I started taking karate with the MIT Karate Club. Of course, I'm not very good right now, but at least I'm getting quite a good work out. (I'm not kidding. It's rough.)


Tennis

I enjoy playing tennis, although I don't get out to play that much :(. By no means am I any good at it. I just like to play...


Computer "Stuff"

I take care of system administration duties for the SSG lab (which also includes maintaining the SSG web page). Our lab consists of some Suns, SGI's, and Linux machines. I also used to run NetBSD from my dorm room when I lived on campus.

I actually like the problem solving associated with being a sysadmin. Well... I like it when the task can be done in a reasonable amount of time, and I actually have the time for it. Hardware failures and hackers' modifications are a pain to deal with since they can take up a significant amount of my time and take away from other things I need to do (like research).


Net surfing

No explanation needed since everyone (including you) likes to do this. Isn't that what you're doing right now???


Watching College Football

I'm a huge fan of college athletics and football in particular. I don't know why, but professional sports just don't do it for me. I guess it's the atmosphere associated with college sports. Last year, I ran a web-based football pool where people predicted game scores every week and were rewarded based on how close their picks were with a kernel function. This fall it will be structured like a financial market where people buy and sell teams (of course there will be no real money involved). Team valuations will be based on rankings and dividends will be paid based on margins of victory over ranked opponents. If you are interested in playing, email me. I'll add you to my email list of people to inform when all the action starts.



Last modified: 8/12/00.

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