I work as a software engineer for a company that captures and extracts information from satellite imagery. I'm exactly as nerdy in some ways as you'd expect after hearing that; I love learning and am always unreasonably excited to discover an unusual factoid or dive into something new. On the other hand, I'm also into powerlifting, climbing, yoga, and volleyball and get just as unreasonably excited for a weekend camping or a fun hike.
I was born and (mostly) grew up in Fort Collins, but I've lived in three different countries so far and visited many more than that. I love going to new places and experiencing new things, probably due to the fact that as a kid I was lucky enough to have parents who loved travelling and took my brother and me all over the world whenever they could.
What I’m doing with my life
Working hard at the first job I've ever had that I can truly say I love. Nothing beats collaborating with a group of talented, imaginative people to build awesome stuff that makes a difference in the world.
I’m really good at
Cooking, a skill which seems to run in the family (parents, brother, and even aunts/uncles/cousins are all pretty great cooks). I also have a ridiculous memory for stupid facts. I might forget what I walked into a room for mere seconds after entering, but I'll remember the most random things you can imagine years after hearing them.
Did you know, for instance, that the word laser came from the acronym "light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation"? Or that Neanderthals actually had larger brains than ours (albeit smaller relative to their body size)?
The first things people usually notice about me
Probably my eyes since they're a very green hazel. That was
definitely the case in Korea, at least.
They also change color a bit depending on what I'm wearing/my
surroundings, so I guess if eyes are the window of the soul my soul
is really confused.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Currently really into the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher and always loved George R.R. Martin, William Gibson, Kurt Vonnegut, and many others.
Don't watch that many movies, but some of my all-time favorites are In Bruges, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Pan's Labyrinth (basically everything Guillermo del Toro does is amazing), and The Man From Nowhere, a great Korean action movie. Love comedies as well, both newer titles like Bridesmaids and Shaun of the Dead (as with del Toro, anything Simon Pegg does is amazing) and older stuff like Mel Brooks. Just watched John Wick and it's probably the best action movie I've seen in years.
Same goes for TV shows but I do love Archer, South Park, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Firefly was also probably one of my all-time favorite shows.
I listen to a pretty wide variety of music. My current favorites are Atmosphere, Daft Punk, Pretty Lights, Basement Freaks, Dual Core, Queens of the Stone Age, and Danger. Play a lot of Pendulum too, as it's great workout music.
I am not exactly what you'd call a picky eater. I guess if I have to list favorites I grew to love Korean food in the time I spent there and I also like Mexican, Japanese, Ethiopian (injera is basically manna from the heavens), and Vietnamese food. Really, though, pretty much anything is fair game.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The next cool thing I can dive into, whether it's something new to
learn or something exciting to try.
On a typical Friday night I am
Off saving the world! Or, you know, finding something fun to do
around town. Either or.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a really overactive imagination and can really freak myself
out easily after watching a horror movie. Just as an example, I
spent a couple weeks as a kid completely convinced that an Alien
was lurking around my house after watching Alien 3. That wasn't
even a good/scary Alien movie!
Also, I'm actually closer to 5'9.5". They say most guys add an inch
online, so I figure I'm way ahead of the curve on that one.
You should message me if
You have something that you're passionate about. Could be changing
the world, could just be the correct way to make a cappuccino. All
that matters is that there's something that drives you and makes