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Alex_Maxwell

27 M Cambridge, MA

My Details

Last Online
Today – 6:32am
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
6′ 2″ (1.88m)
Body Type
Thin
Diet
Mostly anything
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Never
Religion
Buddhism, but not too serious about it
Sign
Education
Graduated from masters program
Job
Science / Engineering
Income
$50,000–$60,000
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids
Pets
Likes cats
Speaks
English (Fluently), C++ (Okay), LISP (Okay)

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My self-summary
OKC's algorithms managed to capture at least one important element of my personality- More Geeky. "Geek" I consider to signify that I spend a great deal of my time in the pursuit of idiosyncratic and/or esoteric interests, and I am quite proud to be one.
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 work is in making army deathbots even smarter- which would not be the best motivator, in my mind.

Eventually I'll go back for a PhD and move on to hopefully even larger things, but for now I'm happy with nonacademia. In the meantime I sate my brainhunger by watching Coursera lectures and reading pop-science books.

I also often spend Saturday nights shining spotlights on people as they faithfully reenact a 70s cult movie.
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. It turns out that talent does not equal destiny. But I still should be writing more than I do.

I can play classical guitar. Its almost to the point where I could play in public without feeling like a nuisance.

I think I'm a decent cook, but I usually only make things for myself. Its kinda embarrassing when people ask what I'm making and its something I haven't yet given a name.
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. If I did my book paragraph would contain plenty of Neil Gaiman, William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, Terry Pratchett, Larry Niven, China Mieville, and a perhaps even a bit of "real literature"- Borges is pretty cool, for instance.

I tend to listen to electronic music; industrial, EDM, psybient, chiptune, etc etc etc. I have a tendency to listen to videogame soundtracks that I cannot explain nor justify.

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
Carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, trace elements and energy.

...What? Okay, fine:

A heartbeat, neural activity, body temp of approximately 98 F, respira-

...WHAT? Alright! Fine! I'll play by your silly rules:

Love, sunshine, art, fresh air, long walks on the beach and FLUFFY BUNNIES, okay!?
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...

(...INHALE...)

...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
Roll 1d8:

On a 1,2 or 3: Staying in, chatting with roommates, getting work done.
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
I habitually wear mismatched socks. For awhile I had a thing of wearing one white sock and one black sock in otherwise unobtrusive outfits, but I no longer keep white socks around.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 18–29
  • Near me
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
If you're different than anyone I saw on the train today. (The people on the bus are fine, though.)

...No, Alex Maxwell isn't my real name.