I am interested in the history and
lore of science and technology generally, and math and stat in
particular. Don't have much time to pursue this interest, though I do
know that my Erdos number is two. I have looked at my academic genealogy back to Jacob Bernoulli,
thanks to the very cool Minnesota State website.
Outside of statistics, I keep busy with the care and feeding of three small kids (Emily, Anna, and Matthew ) and one large dog (Sage). The kids like to do the usual kid things (playing games, reading stories, creating artwork) and the dog likes to fetch. My wife Julie keeps our chaotic lives manageable.
Any free time I can steal I spend in climbing: mostly indoor plastic and outdoor rock. I used to enjoy bouldering at the Tropics, until it was blown up and buried in dam renovations for Horsetooth Reservoir. I go sport or trad climbing wherever I can. My partial life list of climbing trips includes visits to California (Yosemite, Joshua Tree), Oregon (Smith Rock), Idaho (City of Rocks, Chimney Rock, Sawtooths), Nevada (Red Rocks), Colorado (Eldorado, Lumpy Ridge, Rocky Mountain NP, Grey Rock, the Monastery, Shelf, Penitente, Independence Pass, the Palace), Wyoming (Devil's Tower, Vedauwoo), South Dakota (Needles), Iowa (Backbone, Wild Iowa [millipedes the size of Baby Ruth's, but OK limestone sport routes]), Minnesota (Red Wing, Blue Mounds), Utah (Arches, Castleton Tower, Wall Street, Ancient Art,in the Fisher Towers), West Virginia (New River Gorge). I also spent a day in the Blue Mountains of Australia and a few hours bouldering in Finland. I've climbed a small amount of waterfall ice, including easy leads. I've done some alpine rock like Blitzen Ridge on Ypsilon and Pagoda, and was dragged up Culp-Bossier on Hallet with a very scary finish in a storm. I have done a bit of aid climbing, including the Kingfisher and Echo Tower in the Fishers, Sundial Dihedral in Colorado National Monument, and Moonlight Buttress in Zion. I would like to do more walls, preferably granite! A weird fact about me is that I've appeared in a Turkish climbing magazine.