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Family
I live in Fort Collins with my wife, Sangmi, and our kids Dylan and Julian. We ski in winter and during the summer we have been exploring National Parks around the area: Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, and Grand Mesa: the view of the Tetons while rafting through the Snake River is incomparable. In general, the Rockies dominate the landscape in Colorado and provide stunning vistas.
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Reading

I love reading, and I find that it helps me clear my mind. Whether it is the erudite musings of Richard Feynman, Carl Sagan and Isaac Asimov; the powerful story-telling of Paul Bowles, Garcia Marquez and A. B. Yehoshua; the lyrical prose of John Banville, Jose Saramago and Vikram Seth; the potent prolificacy of V.S. Naipaul, Ian McEwan and Philip Roth; the Zeitgeist captured in the works of T. C. Boyle, Michael Chabon and Annie Proulx; the poignant works of Rohington Mistry; the keen observations of Edith Pearlman, John Updike, and Haruki Murakami; the entrancing prose of Ann Patchett and Michael Ondaatje, the sustained frisson in the works of Philip Ball, Brian Greene and Simon Singh; the frenetic worlds created by Robert Heinlein and William Gibson; Alex Ross' deconstruction of music; or the mesmerizing travel writings of Pico Iyer -- these writers have left the world, and my understanding of it, a little better than it would be otherwise.



Photography
I am an avid photographer. It's fascinating how two photographs of the same object can tell entirely different stories. The narrative in a photograph is ultimately about how one plays with light -- the aperture of the lens, the shutter speed, ISO, and the white balance. I have a preference for stills and landscapes. One of these days, I will get around to putting up a portfolio online.