My wife (Angie) and I enjoy biking, golfing, and snowboarding. She's also been teaching me to wakeboard (see picture). She grew up on a lake and can do all of those upside-down tricks - my body wasn't made to go upside-down. I think she's been teaching me the sport just to make me look bad.



Academic Links

The Center for International Data at UC Davis
World Intellectual Property Organization
Federal Reserve of St Louis Economic Data Base (FRED)
OECD home Page
International Financial Statistics (IMF)


Many of the questions I research are computer intensive. As such, I prefer writing code in Fortran using the Intel compiler. Grab a free, non-commercial version of the compiler here

Using multiple compilers to check for coding errors can make your life a lot easier. For that reason, I double-check my code using the Lahey Fortran Source Check located here

If you want to learn parallel processing, check out Makoto Nakajima's webpage here

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas is home to some of the world's largest declassified supercomputers. Find out more here


As a born and bred Minnesotan, I grew up on skates and the color purple.  If you're a masochist and interested in cheering for sub-par sports franchises, check out:  Minnesota Wild Official Website   Minnesota Vikings Official Website

Or you could join the bandwagon and become a Golden Gopher hockey fan as the Maroon and Gold pursue their fifth national title:

Gopher Hockey

I played football and hockey in college and feel obligated to also include these websites:

Carleton Football
Carleton Hockey


Some Other Fun Links

Find out what happens when smart people have way too much time on their hands:

Mental Floss

Check out my nephew, Jack, do the weather forecast on the local Austin, TX television station. What a stud! I guess he gets it from his mother (i.e., not my brother):

Jack Thurk - Weatherman