About Me

Here are some words to describe the billions of cells that have decided, on a whim, to be me for a while:

Cinephile, musician, athlete, aesthete, critic, writer, geek, goofball, refined scatologist, quote whore, storyteller, listener, helper, comedian (non-professional, of course), philosophimatizer, grammar martinet (despite the previous entry), frustrated idealist, chocoholic, number lover, atheist-humanist, naïve skeptic, hopeless romantic, sincere ironist, supporter of dysphemisms, obsequious genuflector towards those with voluminous lexicons

It’s pretty obvious that I like movies and music a lot, and although this might sound trite, all you have to do is look at my tastes to know more about me. This “about me” section can get boring anyway. But if you’re curious, feel free to read on.

I’m living the student life again, which means I spend most of my time reading, writing, and reporting. But otherwise, you’re most likely to find me in one of three places: a movie theater, a gym, or at a coffee shop discussing the most random and nonsensical crap (most likely past midnight).

I play several sports, and I work out at least 5 times a week, usually 6. I recently went skydiving, and it was incredible! I’m doing it again, hopefully soon. I’ve also competed in several short-distance triathlons, and I hope to one day try for a half iron man, or maybe even a full one.

If you’re the right kind of person, I can both talk to you intensely about philosophy, politics, religion, music, film, physics, math, or a host of other subjects, and then abruptly segue into random and obscure pop culture references. The two do overlap, I promise.

I’m very friendly and easygoing, and I love meeting and getting to know new people, no matter what the situation.

I play four musical instruments (violin, viola, piano, guitar), and I sing bass-baritone. I wish I were making more use of them now, but there are only so many hours in a day.

I’m an information junkie of sorts, and I can tell you all kinds of useless trivia that you might or might not be interested in. Examples include:

1. The names of all Stanley Kubrick films in chronological order

2. The number of times Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi played each other and the number of wins for each (both overall and in Grand Slams)

3. The number of meter changes on the first page of the final section of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring

4. The words written on The One Ring, both in English (er, excuse me…the Common Tongue) and in The Black Tongue

5. Assorted math trivia:
a. Why the number 1729 is so special
b. π to about 50 digits, and e to about 15 digits
c. Derivation of Euler’s identity
d. The connection between the Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci sequence.
e. How to tell apart different sizes of infinity.

6. For the movie Singin’ in the Rain, Jean Hagen did all the real-life singing and voiceovers for Debbie Reynolds, whose character was doing the in-story singing and voiceovers for Jean Hagen’s character. Got it?

2 comments so far

  1. Andy on

    Hey Rich,

    I found Remixed Metre while searching the interwebs for high quality bloggers, and am reaching out to let you know about a project I’m working that I think you’d really dig. It’s a way for you and your fans to converse with each other in chat-like real time, though organized and focused specifically around shared content (in a pretty interface).

    From what we’ve seen so far, people are many times more inclined to comment and discuss with one another on this than via stock commenting, and the interaction is much more lively and entertaining.

    Does this sound like something you’re interested in seeing/trying? Hit me back when you have a change and I’ll give you an invite to check it out.

    Cheers,
    Andy

  2. Brent on

    1. How many meter changes in Stravinsky? (I have the score but I’m way to lazy to get up and look for it)

    2. That Rickenbacher guitar is bitchin’

    3. Can I take credit for telling you about Josquin des Prez


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