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A couple of years ago I got a subscription to Cook’s Illustrated, a fabulous food magazine. It has a few distinctive features: no ads! this hugely increases my happiness in reading the magazine cover-to-cover the recipes are written like science experiments the interiors are all black-and-white, with some photos replaced by schematics or pencil-sketch-style drawings (see right) I’ve added quite […]


Visiting Iran

23Jun15

I had an amazing vacation this year! For 3 weeks I travelled to Iran where I got to visit several historic cities, meet my wife’s extended family, and participate in my sister-in-law’s amazing wedding. This was followed by one more fantastic week in Mexico for my brother’s destination wedding, which deserves its own post later. One thing […]


Happy Nooroz!

21Mar15

For the first time since living in the US, we put together a haft seen ( هفت‌ سین : seven S’s) table! It has: center: garlic (sir / سیر) left: lentil sprouts (sabzeh / سبزه) counterclockwise: apple (sib / سیب), wild olive / oleaster (senjed / سنجد), vinegar (serkeh / سرکه), wheat germ pudding (samanoo / سمنو), and […]


About 2 weeks ago, I went to SIGCSE, which is the major computer science education conference. I talked about Computer Science Circles, its translations to other languages and translations of Python error messages to English; see the poster here. Like my last trip to SIGCSE, it was pretty great. I got to re-encounter previous colleagues, meet new […]


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30Jul14

Hey RSS readers, and the greater internets! I’m married as of 4 days ago. Here’s a link to some pictures. We’re not on honeymoon technically, although we are both crashing on the same floor in the bride’s sister’s place, and I always thought Kitchener is pretty romantic. It was really a fantastic ceremony, an even better party, and it […]



I have been taking a Farsi class (کلاس فارسی) this semester at Princeton, gradually learning enough of the alphabet and grammar that when I go to Iran, I won’t be completely illiterate! On Monday, we learned about faal, which is opening the famous book of poetry by Hafez to a random page and using it as your […]