An introvert who loves to be social, a liberal arts student that went into science, and an urbanite that thinks wistfully of the forest. (...All walk into a bar...)
What I’m doing with my life
I work as a bioinformatics engineer, writing software that will help cope with the huge piles of biological data that scientists are producing in search of things like cancer cures or ecological insight. I focused on AI in my computer science degree, but after graduating I realized that all the funding for AI research is to make army deathbots even smarter- which would not be the best motivator, in my mind.
I share a nice little apartment with several close friends in west Cambridge. Despite an annoying commute and preposterous price-per-square-foot rents, I'll likely be a loyal Cantabrigian as long as I'm living in the Boston area.
I’m really good at
Programming, and other kinds of hacking in the constructive sense. Technology in general.
Used to think I'd work as a writer, since everyone tells me my fiction writing is good. Then I got to college and found I had no interest whatsoever in English classes, and wound up going down altogether different paths. I still have a novel or two living in my head that I may try to get out eventually, but, who doesn't?
I play classical/celtic guitar. Its almost to the point where I could play in public without feeling like a nuisance.
I'm told I'm a good dancer, but I'm not sure I believe this.
The first things people usually notice about me
My height. Or that I'm smirking for no discernible reason.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I don't believe in giant, exhaustive lists of media preferences.
I like many of the words published by Neil Gaiman, William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, Terry Pratchett, Larry Niven, China Mieville, and Jorge Luis Borges.
Whatever Faun, Psilodump, Kaminanda, Mother Mother, C418, Savant, and Beats Antique are, I like those genres of music.
Don't really do TV. I'm probably the only geek on this hemisphere that hasn't seen all of Doctor Who.
The six things I could never do without
Nah. How about "the six things I could really do without"? Or "the six things that I could never do"? Or even "the things I could never do six of"? They really chose the least creative variant of that sentence.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
New scientific discoveries (I read science news semi-obsessively);
how to get some programming/technical project to work; what to do
the coming evening; what to write or draw; what to have for lunch;
what to wear; how blue the sky is; how blue the sky isn't; the
practicalities of space travel; the incalculable nature of cats;
whether I've reached my daily caffeine limit; why I'm propositioned
by bisexual guys so often; what book to read next...
...what game to play next; how much another cup of coffee would
throw my biorhythms; what it would mean if P = NP; where all the
time/cookies/people went; what's going to happen next in Homestuck;
what the next blockbuster cellphone app will be; why we can't all
just get along already; where my towel is; how to stop global
warming; brains; etc.
I have a smidgen of ADD.
On a typical Friday night I am
On a 1,2 or 3: Staying in, chatting with roommates, getting work
On a 4, 5 or 6: Dressed up and dancing in a room of flashing
lights, loud music and weird people.
On a 7: At a bar, movie, or other typical amusement.
On an 8: Roll again twice.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
The state of my bedroom tracks with my state of mind. Its usually a huge mess.
You should message me if
You should! Defying outdated traditional gender roles by
proactively initiating potentially-romantic contact is sexy.