BanachTarski
26 Portland, OR
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My self-summary
In the time of your life, live—so that in that good time there shall be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life your life touches. Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding place and let it be free and unashamed.

Place in matter and in flesh the least of the values, for these are the things that hold death and must pass away. Discover in all things that which shines and is beyond corruption. Encourage virtue in whatever heart it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and terror of the world. Ignore the obvious, for it is unworthy of the clear eye and the kindly heart.

Be the inferior of no man, nor of any men be superior. Remember that every man is a variation of yourself. No man's guilt is not yours, nor is any man's innocence a thing apart. Despise evil and ungodliness, but not men of ungodliness or evil. These, understand. Have no shame in being kindly and gentle but if the time comes in the time of your life to kill, kill and have no regret.

In the time of your life, live—so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it.

-William Saroyan, In the Time of Your Life

I keep coming back to this quote, because it speaks to the way I try to live my life.

My father once said that wisdom is the love of all things, and he was certainly a wiser man than I am. I try to find something that interests me in every topic and to understand viewpoints different from my own. That being said, I can't say I'm at peace with the world. I want to change it, and I'm constantly trying to learn and to grow in ways that will allow me to do so.

My username refers to a mathematical proof that you can take any object in Euclidean space, split it into 9 parts, then recombine those parts to make 2 copies of the original object, each with the same volume as the original. I like this proof because it demonstrates how we can be lead to obviously false results if we blindly stick to our models, and confuse a tool for describing reality with reality itself.
What I’m doing with my life
Working, learning, and trying to strike the right balance between enjoying what I have and pursuing something better.

My life is pretty comfortable and stable at the moment. I have a good job that could turn into a good career, a solid group of friends, and all of my basic needs are satisfied. So, naturally, I'm starting to get the urge to shake things up a bit.
I’m really good at
listening, asking the right questions, breaking complicated problems into smaller parts.
The first things people usually notice about me
The silver spot in my hair.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
*Disclaimer* I suck at picking favorites, so what follows is a stream of consciousness on things I like that are coming to mind at the moment.

Books: I really enjoyed working my way through Goedel, Escher, Bach, by Douglas Hofstadter, and if I had to pick a favorite book, this would probably be it. My favorite author is Hermann Hesse.

The best book I've read in the past year is Shataram by Gregory David Roberts.

Movies: Original Star Wars Trilogy, Fantastic Planet, La Hain, Rockers, The Harder They Come, Ex Machina

TV Shows: House of Cards, The Wire, King of the Hill, Hey Arnold!, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Clone Wars, Futurama

Music: In terms of genres, my favorites would be punk, hip-hop and reggae. Some of my favorite bands/artists are The Clash, Dead Prez, Horace Andy, Madlib, Danny Brown, RZA, Jedi Mind Tricks, The Coup, Underachievers, Leftover Crack, NoFX, MC5, Townes Van Zandt, Parliament/Funkadelic, Sonic Youth, Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, Sublime, Yo La Tengo, Clams Casino, Four Tet, Pro Era

Food: Pizza, burritos, Indian food, hummus
The six things I could never do without
Coffee, music, sunlight, fresh air, friends, family.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
the universe, and my place in it, the way things work, and the ways that they could work better. I like solving problems, so I'll often have a few in the back of my mind for when I get bored.
On a typical Friday night I am
irie
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm not satisfied with my life.
You should message me if
you enjoy lively conversation and/or if you want to explore nature with me
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