I was born in Aiken, South Carolina in 1997. Aiken is close to the Georgia-South Carolina border, and has a far better website than it deserves. I moved to the small town of Lugoff at a young age and lived either there or in Elgin until I graduated high school. The most notable event to ever happen in Elgin was the installation of its lone stop light. At this point I went by Robert Bliss rather than Robert Dougherty-Bliss. (A different, more notable Robert Bliss was an artist fond of painting scantily clad young men. The paintings are quite good, but not mine!)
I spent time studying computer repair and programming in high school, but was eventually swayed to pursue math my Senior year by some excellent teachers. I briefly considered studying theater for the same reason. I left South Carolina for Georgia and took up residence at Oglethorpe University in Brookhaven, a suburb of Atlanta. Oglethorpe gave me a healthy exposure to philosophy and the arts as well as (and sometimes at the expense of) math.