About

All About Me

Generally, these "About Me" pages contain a lot of information about someone's career or education, but I honestly don't think that gives anyone a good idea who I am. You can find all of that on my LinkedIn page, if that's what you're looking to learn.

Instead, read on if you want to learn a little more about the things I love.

Music

While I love listening to so many different music genres, I have found myself settling into a steady stream of jazz (and related genres such as blues). I've tried to explore all the unique different genres under this category and have thoroughly enjoyed so many songs that it's hard to list. Besides jazz, I always fall back on my favorite hip-hop artists, such as 6lack, Mac Miller, and Kendrick Lamar.

Here's a list of my top played songs over the last year:

#SongArtistAlbum
1I Put A Spell On YouNina SimoneI Put A Spell On You
2Love Is Here To StayHarry Connick, Jr.When Harry Met Sally... Soundtrack
3They Can't Take That Away From MeSarah VaughanSwingin' Easy
4I Got RhythmJudy GarlandThe Complete Decca Masters (Plus)
5Hello, Dolly!Louis ArmstrongHello, Dolly!
6The Man I LoveEtta JamesMelrose Place Jazz: Upstairs at MP
7At LastEtta JamesAt Last!
8Begin the BeguineArtie ShawThe Essential Artie Shaw
9My Funny ValentineChet BakerChet Baker Love Songs - EP
10Strange FruitBillie HolidayLady Sings the Blues

Film & Television

I have been struggling to enjoy recently-released movies and television shows, so I'm just going to list a few of my all times favorites here instead. No particular order implied.

Film

FilmYear
Lost In Translation2003
Ghost World2001
Detachment2011
Moonlight2016
Midnight In Paris2011
Casablanca1942
In A Lonely Place1950
Paris Blues1961

Television

TV ShowYear
Cheers1982
That '70s Show1998
Grey's Anatomy2005
The Office2005
The Simpsons1989
Family Guy1999
Friends1994
Avatar: The Last Airbender2005
Cowboy Bebop1998
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air1990
Futurama1999
The Boondocks2005

Literature

I actually have not been able to read much in the last year or two, but I've been reflecting on the works below and have continuously thought about them, so they obviously have made an impact on me.

#WorkAuthorYear
1Notes of a Native SonJames Baldwin1955
2Sonny's BluesJames Baldwin1957
3Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?Philip K. Dick1968
4A People's History of the United StatesHoward Zinn1980

Video Games

Being a '90s child, you can imagine that the height of video games to me were pixelated and unusually difficult to master - I still absolutely love platform games like Donkey Kong Country. However, time marches on and new games come out every year. So, what am I playing now? It's actually a pretty short list, since I've been playing games that let me start and stop easily.

Technology

This section could contain a massive amount of information since my life revolves around technology. However, I'll keep it short. I automate quite a few things in my home, such as lighting and appliances, through a self-hosted Home Assistant instance I have running on my Raspberry Pi. I also run a Plex server for all of the personal media I own.

I've upgraded both of my entertainment centers to contain a sound bar and subwoofer combination (3.1 channel), but I would really like to experiment with a set of HiFi headphones to see how they feel.