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My self-summary
February 2016

Mesdames, Mesdemoiselles,

A wonderful life awaits you and I (together or separately). Consider the following.

I seek to step out of the mainstream and my comfort zone, but your comfort and enjoyment matter to me. I hope you'll wish to enter into the whimsical and the delightful with me.

I am currently reconstructing the cuisine of circa 200 CE Rome in my kitchen (I would note that there are some reasons why you don't see imperial Rome restaurants out there) I am drawn to history and things of the past but I am not one of them.

French-Canadian of North-America, je parle Français, you'll hear it in my accent when I talk.
What I’m doing with my life
I stand at the borders between psychology, cognitive neuroscience, design, engineering, and making actual things that really, really work.

My two cents about work ethic
At 22, I worked for a few months in a Marseille research lab. I was delighted. I worked diligently at my project when the clock hit exactly 12:30. My boss came and said "Laisse tes outils, c'est l'heure du déjeuner -> drop your tools, it's lunchtime." I took part in the sudden, universal communal march of the French toward the cafeteria. I was served a three course meal, with cheese, dessert, a glass of wine and my pick in an olive bar.
The French ate and bantered but 13:15 come, they communally moved to the coffee and cigarette area, then resumed work as they had stopped it at 13:30. The research institute opened at 8:30 and was shut, with all lights off at 18:30. It was shut all weekend long.
Thus my north American workaholic self could not express itself and this was liberatory. I wandered off in Marseille's seaside calanques, drank some wine, cuddled cute French girls, I took the train to visit the regional sights, yet, I accomplished a hell of a lot of work.
I’m really good at
-Helping a distressed person calm down and put things in perspective
-Neural ensemble recording
-Losslessly compressing the 3 pages you've written into 1 page
-Pulling disturbing, revolting, and profoundly vulgar things out of Rorschach ink blots.
Shrink: "What do you see in this plate?"
Me: "I see an ink blot"
-undoing a bra
The first things people usually notice about me
Just watch me.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Dreaming of Iain M. Banks' Culture, getting all excited from ancient Mesopotamia's credit and monetary policy (thanks professor David Graeber) and getting alarmed at inequality (thanks professor Thomas Piketty). John Stuart Mill reminds me that we have been basking in our own stale farts since 1820. And Marcus Tullius Cicero.
Stanley Kubrik makes me want to buy a camcorder. Quentin Tarantino makes me wish I could come up with the perfect repartee more often than just sometimes. Ingmar Bergman bothers me when his films remind me of my upbringing. And Steven Moffat.
Those aircraft safety information cards in the pocket of the seat in front, they're fucking incomprehensible.
JS Bach's Matthaus Passion makes me experience the divine if I use Bose noise cancelling earphones. Leonard Cohen makes my voice drop two octaves. David Bowie makes me float in a most peculiar wye. Mr Bowie, well played, sir, we will miss you. And the BBC.

I like sour cream, capers, cracked peppercorns, sesame oil, salmon flesh, smoked paprika, lovage, pak choi, Asafoetida, coconut milk, coriander, lemon supreme, tapioca, rice vermicelli, gnocchi, pie crust, molten mozzarella, ginger, chicken breast, farro, brown sugar, assam tea, cream wheat, boudin, lambic belgian beer, Georgian semi-sweet wine, ocra, Vietnamese fish sauce, Habanero peppers, buckwheat and prosciutto. And honey.
The six things I could never do without
A comfortable bed.
{your-name-here}, be careful what you wish for.
The pursuit of happiness.
Edible food.
Tablet, in clay, in beeswax, or silicon-based.
3D printer, CNC, that sort of thing.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
what it is that I'm doing.
On a typical Friday night I am
having a good old chat.
You should message me if
You are earnest. It's important.
You are not intellectually lazy.
You are not judgemental.
You don't need to feel superior to your comrades to maintain your self-worth.

Importantly, you should message me, period. I know you folks have been socialized to wait to be approached. I very well may do that if you tempt me but reflecting on my behavior I realized that I am more inclined to indulge you and be into you if you message me first. Y'know whatta mean?

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