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Some fun miscellania.

My Portfolio

Paul Erdos was a brilliant Hungarian mathematician, who published many groundbreaking mathematical papers. He travelled often without money, home, and dedicated himself fully to the life of science. The Erdos number between a person and mathematician Paul Erdos, as measured by authorship of mathematical papers. My Erdos number happens to be three (Aleksandr Yampolskiy → Yevgeniy Dodis → Joel Spencer → Paul Erdos ).

My Portfolio

In my former life, I was a professional chessplayer and competed in many tournaments. Here is a picture of me playing in Washington Square Park almost 14 years ago captured by a newspaper's photographer.
You can see some of the tournament games that I played right here. With White I favor King's Pawn Opening (1. e4), and with Black Caro-Kann Defense (1. e4 c6) or Nimzo-Indian Defense (1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4).

Pig Latin

Pig Latin is a language game where the first syllable of the word is moved to the end, and an ay is added to the end. For example, trash becomes ash-tray and computer becomes omputer-cay. A few years back I experimented with 3D rendering where a figure is created from a mixture of polygons. In idle time, I wrote a Java applet rendering a 3D latin pig which can talk back in Pig Latin. Try clicking on the pig to rotate it.