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ChickeNES

25 M Chicago, IL

My Details

Last Online
Yesterday – 10:22pm
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 10″ (1.78m)
Body Type
Average
Diet
Mostly anything
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Never
Religion
Sign
Aries, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Graduated from university
Job
Science / Engineering
Income
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids, but might want them
Pets
Likes dogs and has cats
Speaks
English (Fluently), French (Poorly), C++ (Fluently), LISP (Okay)

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My self-summary
I'm pretty much the stereotypical geek, though I think "hacker" may be more accurate. (In the original meaning of the term: http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/H/hacker.html). When I was young I would run around with a screwdriver, saying "Take apart! Fix!" and unscrew every screw in the house. Now, whether it is writing an operating system from scratch, constructing a mixed-drink dispensing piano, or building a TARDIS entrance, I am almost always in the process of making something.

I'm originally from a small town in Texas; I still have a bit of "twang" but my time in Chicago has softened it. I do miss the quiet, but Chicago's fantastic winters have made up for it. (I seem to have a thing for bad weather; I'm more excited to see thunderstorms forecast than a sunny day).

I've lost count of the times I've been compared to Sheldon Cooper, though I like to think of myself more as Rodney McKay.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a software developer at the University of Chicago's Computation Institute and split my time working between Hyde Park and Argonne National Lab. I work on a project that helps research labs move large datasets around quickly and easily.

Outside of work I've been juggling a couple of personal projects, among which are writing an operating system from scratch, cloning a CPU in Verilog, finishing up an analog synthesizer, and writing a history book.
I’m really good at
Making/fixing things, coding in C, emulation, cooking, Smash, analogue synthesis, urban exploration, lock picking, abusing parentheticals, selecting gifts for people, Scav Hunt, dumpster diving (Science labs are awesome - I have found everything from lasers to a couple of Leica cameras). Tracking down every last bit of information on a subject. My proudest accomplishment was finding a set of blueprints that, according to all public sources, had been lost since the 1920s.
The first things people usually notice about me
Physically, I've been told that my eyes and smile are most noticeable. Apparently with my current hair and beard I look like Dave Grohl.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Authors first:
JRR Tolkien, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Neal Stephenson, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Arthur Conan Doyle

Books not by the above:
The Illuminatus! Trilogy, The Dark Knight Returns, The C Programming Language, Why Buildings Fall Down, Scott Pilgrim, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!, The Right Stuff, IEEE Std. POSIX.1

Back to the Future, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Casablanca, Singing in the Rain, It's a Wonderful Life, The Last Waltz, Apollo 13, The Right Stuff, The Matador, The Dark Knight, Clue, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation, True Lies, UHF, The Fifth Element, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Pixar movies, The Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy, Princess Bride, Troll 2

Doctor Who, Rick and Morty, Futurama, Mythbusters, How it's Made, Fringe, Bones, Monk, Breaking Bad, Firefly, Psych, NCIS, Quantum Leap, Animaniacs, Stargate SG1/Atlantis, Jeopardy!, Person of Interest, Battlestar Galactica, From the Earth to the Moon, The West Wing

A small sampling from my library: The Beatles, The Kinks, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, The Killers, ELO, Frank Sinatra, Boston, NiN, Rush, Al Green, Daft Punk, Coldplay, Gershwin, The Glitch Mob, U2, Beethoven, Koji Kondo, Tom Lehrer, Lana Del Rey, Jonathan Coulton, TMBG, Weird Al, Rick Astley, and Lady Gaga.
The six things I could never do without
My computer
A screwdriver
Something to read
My soldering iron
Friends and family
Air conditioning
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How things work. There are very few things I own that haven't been taken apart because of this.
On a typical Friday night I am
Usually either hanging out with friends or relaxing at home at the end of the work week. Saturday is my preferred day to go out.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
is contained in my quiz answers. Outside of that, I don't know how to ride a bike and haven't found the opportunity to learn.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 20–30
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
You are a hoopy frood who knows where your towel is.

You are the fifth Cylon.

You think bowties are cool.

You want to immanentize the eschaton.

You can complete this rhyme: "Johnny was a chemist's son, but Johnny is no more. What Johnny thought was H2O was _____"

You know what a RPN calculator is and how to use it.

Or if you just want to talk. Tell me a fact I don't know, suggest a book that I should read or a show/movie I should watch.