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The Captain

I am a Software Engineer at Google on the Security Team (information security, not physical security). I did my PhD at the University of Texas at Austin's Department of Computer Science on improving dynamic analyses for software security and testing with static data flow analysis.

Learn more about me, my academic work, or see my resume.

A Tour of the Ship

What is worth seeing here?

The captain enjoys fine wines from around the world, and has extensively logged and noted to that end.

The captain also enjoys high-quality fountain pens.

In his spare time, the captain builds detailed scale models of ships out of paper. For example, see the model of the Peregrine Galley, an English 6th-rate "frigate" of 1700, fully rigged with sails.

This place is also home to the infamous Cornell Computer Science musicals, including CS212: The Musical and CS314: The Musical

Ship's Log

28th of October, 2011

To read about wines (with extra thoughts and commentary) and other topics in between my infrequent updates to this site, circle me on Google+.

Wines: Jacob's Creek Shiraz '08, Fox Brook Shiraz '09, Ruffino "Modus" '07, Tzora Vineyards "Giv'at Hachalukim" Cabernet Sauvignon '06, Shoreline "Single Vineyard Selection" Sauvignon Blanc '09, Estancia Cabernet '08, Castillo de Monseran Garnacha '09, Texas Hills Vineyard "Newsom Vineyard" Orange Moscato '06, Apothic "Winemaker's Blend" Red '09, Baron Herzog Chardonnay '06, Capitulo 8 Garnacha NV, Montevina Amador County Zinfandel '06, Notalusa Nero d'Avola '07, Senorio de Fuentealamo Macabeo '10, Omaka Springs Sauvignon Blanc '09, Alexander Valley Vineyards "Sin Zin" Zinfandel '07, Fortant Kosher Cabernet Sauvignon '06, Triana Tempranillo '08, Piccinini Rosso Toscana '09, Cantina di Casteggio Sangue di Guida '09, Beringer "California Collection" Chenin Blanc '10, Montevina Amador County Barbera '08, Lindemans "Bin 50" Shiraz '10, Burgans Albarino '09, Bodega Elena de Mendoza Malbec '09, A Mano Primitivo '06, Sheffield Cellars Cream Sherry NV, Dry Creek Fume Blanc '09, Weinstock Cellars "Pink by W" '08, Buckley's Cove Shiraz '09, Bodegas Osborne "Tempra Tantrum" Tempranillo/Grenache '08, Lindemans "Bin 99" Pinot Noir '10, Chalone Vineyards Syrah '05, Gaetano d'Aquino Valpolicella '10, Loosen Bros. "Dr. L" Riesling '09, Santa Rita "120" Carmenere '10, Red Bicyclette Syrah '09, Montelciego Rioja Reserva '05, Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc '09, Turning Leaf Pinot Grigio '09, Grandes Serres "La Cour des Papes" Chateauneuf-du-Pape '07, Covenant Cabernet '07, Barton and Guestier Vouvray '08, Robert Mondavi "Private Selection" Pinot Noir '07, Les Mines Priorat '03, MacMurray Ranch Pinot Noir '07, Frei Bros. Reserve Cabernet '07, Cinzano Prosecco NV.

29th of May, 2011

As of April 26, I am the father of Yehudit Mouchan Chang. My baby girl will soon start studying for her MCATs after she learns to control her limbs.

Added more notes on Waterman pens from the 2000s, 1990s, and 1980s and earlier.

Wines: Terrenal Chardonnay '10, Golan "Sion Creek Red" '09, Torres "Sangre de Toro" '08, Hagafen Prix Vichy Vineyard Block 4 Merlot '04, Barkan Sauvignon Blanc '07, Hagafen Pinot Noir '08, Hagafen Sauvignon Blanc '08, Simi Cabernet Sauvignon '07, Weinstock "Cellar Select" Zinfandel '04, Langtry Estate Guenoc "Lillie's Victorian Claret" '08, Triana Viura '09, Baron Herzog Black Muscat '08, Moselland Zeller Schwarze Katz Riesling '09, Barkan Classic Pinot Noir '09, ForestVille Gewurztraminer '09, Michael David "7 Deadly Zins" Zinfandel '08, Fortant Kosher Chardonnay '06, Starborough Sauvignon Blanc '09, Osborne Pedro Ximinez Sweet Sherry NV, Bartenura Prosecco Extra Dry NV, J. Lohr "Bay Mist" White Riesling '08.

31st of March, 2011

Launched the new updated HTML5 website.

Did you know there are non-alcoholic wines? Let's find out if they are any good.

Read about fountain pens.

Work in progress: pages detailing the construction of detailed model ships made from paper. See the Peregrine Galley (English 6th-rate man-o-war, 1700) and the HMS Majestic (British pre-dreadnought battleship, 1895)

Added wine reviews for: Bodegas Montecillo "Verdemar" Albarino '08, Piper Heidsieck Champagne Brut NV, Terrenal Cabernet '09, Ariel Rouge NV, Weingut Felsner Gruner Veltliner '09, Miraflores Barbera '07, Domaine Sainte Eugenie "Le Clos Millesime" '08, Holly's Hill Mourvedre-Syrah '08, Tenuta Santome Prosecco Brut NV, Monchhof "Mosel Slate" Riesling Spatlese '05, Lemelson "Thea's Selection" Pinot Noir '07, Anglim Syrah '05, Ricossa "Antica Casa" Moscato d'Asti '09, Mandola Dolcetto '07, Ariel Blanc NV, Fre White Zinfandel '09, Fre Merlot '09, Fre Brut NV, Fre Chardonnay '09, Mouton Cadet Bordeaux red '08, St Regis Reserve Brut NV, Baron Herzog Cabernet '08, Ogier "Heritages" Cotes du Rhone '07, Bartenura Malvasia rose '09, Fetzer Sauvignon Blanc '09, Zolo "Gaucho Select" Torrontes '10, Bota Box "Old Vine" Zinfandel '08.

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