I'm a Senior Software Engineer at Google, where I've been since mid-2011. Most recently, I've been working on abuse fighting at YouTube.
Prior to working at Google, I was a cognitive neuroscientist with interests in higher cognitive function, brain image analysis and methodology, and neuroinformatics. I developed the now-defunct VoxBo package for brain image and lesion analysis. For most of my career, I was at the University of Pennsylvania, in various soft money positions (e.g., Research Assistant Professor). I also did a two year postdoc at the National Institutes of Health.
I received my AB in cognitive studies from Princeton in 1989, and my PhD in cognitive psychology from Carnegie Mellon in 1994.
In 1998-2000, I wrote and self-published Serious Poker, an introductory book on poker (a second edition was published by ConJelCo in 2002). From 2001-2006 I wrote a regular column for Card Player Magazine, called "Thinking About Poker." The articles are still available behind a paywall at cardplayer.com). I have a non-commercial poker web site at seriouspoker.com, although since poker got popular, I haven't maintained it. I don't play poker professionally.
My family and I live in a quiet suburb in the San Francisco Bay Area. I was born in Center City Philadelphia, and still follow the hometown teams, even though they make it hard sometimes.
My interests (some active, some dormant) are fluid, but as of this
writing include: parenthood, writing, poker, golf, good code, tight
spirals, movies, human-machine interfaces, pool, vladimir nabokov,
eating out, brain imaging, buddy guy, baking cheesecakes, dave barry,
cryptography, solitude, opera, the kennedy assassination, electronic
gadgets, pasta, george orwell, late hours, science, anger, the band
television, playing hockey, statistics, guitar, sunglasses,
philadelphia pro sports, david bowie, cheesesteaks, the three stooges,
and happiness. Not in that order, or in any other.