Tom Williams


  • I am an avid reader. I prefer science fiction and fantasy, particularly the work of Neil Gaiman, China Mieville, Nick Harkaway, Neil Stephenson, Jeff Vandermeer, and the like. I've been known to read while I walk.
  • I love to sing! As an undergraduate I helped start an a cappella group, sang in the college choir and chamber choir, and participated in many musicals and revues. As a graduate student I don't have the time to engage in quite as many musical activities, but I'm a member of the local a cappella group Out of Range, and I write and perform parody songs at departmental events.
  • I enjoy playing board games with my labmates. We play everything from light party games (e.g., Coup, The Resistance) to games that end up taking five or six hours to play (e.g., Arkham Horror, Battlestar Galactica). However, my favorite is probably Dominion, which my girlfriend and I play quite a lot of. I also dabble in board game design.
  • I also enjoy solving and creating crossword puzzles. I have created several crosswords with co-creator George Barany, which can be found alongside many other excellent puzzles at George's website. I also created puzzles for the "Fun and Games Night" at AAAI 2015.
  • Finally, I enjoy nerding out about craft beer. I have recorded over 1500 ratings, and have created a series of maps analyzing craft beer density in various American cities. My two blog posts detailing these maps can be found here and here.

Linked List

I'd like to provide a list of links I find useful, and that others might find useful. The links below are sorted in decreasing order of relation to academia and research. As is always with this sort of thing, YMMV.