Welcome to Google+ and welcome to my profile. I love it here and so will you.
The Basics: I was born in Ohio and I've lived here my whole life (with the exception of two months). I went to college at the University of Akron for my BS and MS in mathematics. In the fall I will be going to the University of Oregon to pursue my PhD. In addition to a mathematician, I am a musician, a tech junkie, a sports fan, an athiest, somewhat of a libertarian (though I lean towards democrat), and a light video gamer. I also really like eating pizza, watching TV, and spending time with nature.
My Posts: I cover a broad range of topics including mathematics, sports, civil rights, and comedy. I also like to share some of the interesting and weird parts of the internet. I do tend to have strong opinions on a small smattering of topics and I am vocal about them at times. I welcome discourse but if you have a starkly different viewpoint than me and you can't handle opposing opinions then you probably won't like me in your stream. I'm pretty mild when things are civil, but I love to argue and I have a pretty light trigger when provoked.
Mathematical Training: I have a strong background in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and applied mathematics but I currently work in theoretical mathematics and that's where I plan to stay. I have a decent undergraduate training in a lot of areas, but my graduate work is in group theory (specifically in character theory of finite groups). I don't really have a specific plan for the future, but I'm doing what I love and rolling with the punches.
Circling: I work very hard to make sure that my stream functions the way that I want it to function. That means that if you circle me and I don't circle you back...well it's nothing personal. I don't care about how many followers I have so if it offends you that I don't automatically circle you back then feel free to uncircle me. The bottom line is that this isn't Facebook and we don't want it to be Facebook; the fact that relationships on Google+ aren't required to be reciprocal is one of the best features of this service. I'm here to engage with people, so if you want me to circle you then engage.
Comment Moderation: Don't let anyone tell you that moderation is censorship because it's not. I will moderate the comments on my threads as needed in an effort to keep things civilized. Some people moderate to keep a thread on track with the original topic but I don't do that. Some people (unfortunately) remove any comments that disagree with their position and I don't do that either. I remove comments that are unjustifiably hateful and I remove blatant trolling or spamming. Having said all that, anyone is welcome to engage in my threads but you have to accept the fact that I can remove comments or block people whenever I want (which is the same risk I take when engaging in your threads).
Privacy Notice: Warning--any person and/or institution and/or Agent and/or Agency of any governmental structure including but not limited to ALL Governments or private mediums or corporations or individuals also using or monitoring/using this website or any of its associated websites, you do NOT have my permission to utilize any of my profile information nor any of the content contained herein including, but not limited to my photos, and/ or the comments made about my photo's or any other "picture" art posted on my profile. You are hereby notified that you are strictly prohibited from disclosing, copying, distributing, disseminating, or taking any other action against me with regard to this profile and the contents herein. The foregoing prohibitions also apply to your employee(s), agent(s), student(s) or any personnel under your direction or control. The contents of this profile are private and legally privileged and confidential information, and the violation of my personal privacy is punishable by law and will be strictly enforced.
I will never condone nor sanction: Terrorism of any kind; rioting and physical violence against the public, law enforcement, any human being or animal; private or public property; I never download music of any kind, nor movies; I do not knowingly break copyright laws; I do not purchase or supply counterfeit products; In addition to: not obtaining nor distributing pirated material of any kind.
I wholeheartedly support peaceful and civil protests, demonstrations, freedom of speech and other various forms of expression, and the democratic process.
Thanks to Marc Belley who thanked Neil Barnsley, who thanked Stan Kain for the text of the privacy notice.