What I am up to right now (updated weekly; last update: 14 August 2018). Inspired by Derek Sivers.

I live in Conway, Arkansas with my wife and two sons (ages 6 years and 10 months), where I am an assistant professor of computer science at Hendrix College.


Chris Chalmers has been working on an rewrite of some of the core functionality of the diagrams library, which will allow for things like traversals over diagrams and diagram edits; get rid of the backend type parameter for diagrams (which was more of a nuisance than a help); and incidentally split out all the purely geometric parts of the library into a separate package. I’m excited to see this land (hopefully over the summer) and am helping with feedback, documentation, and so on.

I’m in the middle of a series of blog posts on The Math Less Traveled exploring primality testing algorithms. I’ve finished up a sub-series exploring proofs of Fermat’s Little Theorem; next up is to start writing about primality tests themselves, and why it seems (but we can’t prove) that we live in a rather interesting universe where primality testing can be done quickly but not factoring.


The fall is almost upon us. I will be teaching three classes:


Things I’m reading right now: