Originally, I'm from New York City; when you are from New York City, it colors everything you do for the rest of your life. I've lived in lots of other places, though -- near Philadelphia, near DC, in the UK and even in Indiana. I like to travel; I've been to London, Paris, Rome, Barcelona and lots of places I can't really bring to mind right this second. Mountain View -- The Windy City. The Big Apple. The City of Red Roofs. No, wait, that's Chicago, New York and Caracas.
I have just recently moved into the Bay Area. Okay, I've been in the Bay Area for several years. I can't say I'm a recent arrival anymore.
I work in technology. I have a Ph.D. in Computer Science, and I did a post-doc (thus, the stay in Indiana). I enjoy it, but I don't talk about it unless the other person has a pretty strong interest in it. Computer Science puts even the most well-intentioned to sleep... Actually, this is a deliberate strategy. I secretly work for the NSA, and the best way to get people to stop asking about your job is to put them off their guard with long rambling diatribes about memory consistency models for multicore architectures.
I feel strongly about food. I would love to find someone with whom I can eat at a ridiculous quantity of good restaurants. I would love to find someone who can give me feedback on my cooking, because I love to cook, but I never get any good feedback on it. This is because people are generally too nice to say anything objective, especially if they like the food. Well, as a zombie, I find that few people respect my dietary choices. I've tried to be accommodating! I've fed my vegetarian friends GRAINS! I always have a nice selection of CHAMPAGNES! My motto is, "Anything goes when it comes to the food CHAIN"!
Yes, that's a weak adaptation of an oldie but a goodie.
Possibly because of my food obsession, I exercise regularly. I mainly do weight training and various aerobic exercises, but I also enjoy yoga, skiing, and I'm fairly open to anything that generally doesn't involve too much humidity or too many biting insects. Plus, I'm a ninja. I didn't put that in before because, you know, publicity and the ninja don't go really well together. But yup, ninja.
I have been described as an information junkie. I like to read. News; Books; Magazines. I'm not picky about the medium. Movies; Television; anything.
I play the cello. Or, rather, I haven't been able to make serious time for it for a couple of years, but I have been trying to make more time for it recently.
I like to talk a fair amount, especially with someone who is interesting. It's okay, because I also like to listen.Let's see, secret agent, zombie, ninja... Oh, I know! Pirate, too! Yo-Ho, I sail the seven seas, "Arr Jim Lad, ye'll get a lick o' the cat o' nine tails e'er the day is through", the whole thing.
I'm here because someone told me that this was a good way to meet people, regardless of whether you want to date them or not.
I am incorrigible, imperturbable, and sesquipedalian