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My last name is pronounced “YOR-ghee”, with a hard G sound, a long E at the end, and with the stress falling on the first syllable. It is not pronounced “yor-gay” or “yor-jee” (the two most common mispronunciations I hear). It is probably derived from the Greek word γεωργός (“farmer”, literally γη + ἔργον = “earth-worker”) although no one knows for sure. If you are ever in Lancaster County in southeastern Pennsylvania, you can take your clothes to Yorgey’s Fine Dry Cleaning, which was started by my great-grandfather.


My wife and I are enthusiastic (though not all that good (yet)) bridge players. I can read ancient Greek decently well and am currently learning biblical Hebrew, in addition to (intermittently) learning a bit of German and Spanish. I enjoy playing Go, though I haven’t played much in a while.


You can find a ton of pictures on our SmugMug site.


For keeping track of things and keeping myself productive I use a combination of emacs org-mode, FogBugz, Beeminder, TagTime, anki, Trello, and LeechBlock. I’ve been influenced in my thinking and practice by Deep Work by Cal Newport, Getting Things Done by David Allen, and Mark Forster’s Final Version system. All highly recommended if you’re looking for ways to become more organized and productive (and especially if, like me, being organized and productive is not your natural tendency).


My Erdős number is at most 4:


Here is (a portion of) my academic genealogy, as recorded in the Mathematics Genealogy Project.

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