Family

I was raised in Chatham, NJ, where my mother still works as a psychoanalyst.  My father lives in the Philadelphia area and runs Cort Consulting Group.  My step-father is the author of Seeking Degrees of Freedom and the woodworker of Engrained Wood Art.  My sister Elizabeth and her husband Mike live in Washington DC.  I also have a half-brother and a bunch of step-siblings scattered around.

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I married my wife Jane on the tenth anniversary of us being together.  Jane is a graduate student in Biological Anthropology at Yale University working with David Watts.

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Accomplishments

I am a black belt (shodan) of Isshin Kempo karate.  I studied first with Shifu Chris Goedecke at the Wind School when I was in grade school.  After taking a break at college, I spent one year at MIT's Isshinryu club and two years with Sensei Randy Stone at the Inner Peace karate dojo before returning to Shifu Chris at the Wind School.

I earned my private pilot license in 2005.  I'm a little rusty now (flying is an expensive hobby, and I haven't had the luxury recently), but I'm looking forward to getting back into it if I ever get the money and time.

Hobbies

I like playing bridge, and I typically play weekly with some friends.

I enjoy amateur photography.  I'm especially fond of my home-made infrared filter for my camera which allows me to take some pretty cool still pictures.  Here are some of my favorites.

I love to ski (and occasionally snowboard).  Whenever I get a chance, I try to head up to Vermont for some quick skiing.

I started playing the trombone when I was in grade school, and I still try to pull it out as often as I can.  At Brown University, I played in the Jazz Ensemble (2005-2008), and when I lived in Boston, I was a member of the Charles River Wind Ensemble (2008-2009).  I was also involved in the Computer Science Department Ska Band Skacappella at Yale for its brief existence (2010).