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Normbus

28 M Emeryville, CA

My Details

Last Online
Yesterday – 8:23am
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
6′ 3″ (1.91m)
Body Type
Fit
Diet
Mostly anything
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Sometimes
Religion
Other, but not too serious about it
Sign
Aquarius, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Graduated from university
Job
Technology
Income
$100,000–$150,000
Relationship Status
Seeing Someone
Relationship Type
Strictly non-monogamous
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids
Pets
Likes dogs and has cats
Speaks
English

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My self-summary
I was raised in the hinterlands of Marin. My father was a wandering astrologer and my mother was a dryad who commanded the hearts of all animals around her. Being that I came into this world on the Day Of Storms, they named me Nimbus; the storm cloud, the illuminated nebulous aura, the stunning corona that surrounds the divine being. It's also the broom from Harry Potter, I know. I was born into the cult of those who progress through the seven stages of enlightenment and follow the testament of the dawn horse. I was raised to heal and support those around me. To reach into the chaos and pull out elegant forms. To behold and understand all that lies before me. I was also a mathlete one time.

I studied under the tutelage of Pieter the Belgian, Speaker of Robots and Archmage of Differential Dynamic Programming. Under his guidance I brought life to the inanimate. I tamed chaotic dynamic systems and dragged them into the ordered world of parameterized models. I used matlab. Garret the Bold, Grand Arbiter of Helicopters and master of the inverted grass cutting hover demonstrated the feats I sought to accomplish. My task was to channel his wisdom, his expert knowledge honed over years of practice into a lifeless object. I was to infuse his mastery into the simple mind of a remote control helicopter so that it might do a flip or something. It went ok.

After bringing life to the unliving I was tasked with imposing artificial dominion upon living creatures. I worked alongside Hiro the Beetlemancer and Svet the Bulgar. I crafted arcane instruments so that Hiro might learn the secrets of the beetles. I assisted Svet in whispering instructions into a microcontroller so that it might impose its simple will upon the fickle bodies of the beetles. I put a dead beetle in a freezer one time, for science.

After tiring of beetlemancy, I decided to join my friend Andrew the Cranky at a tech startup in the fantastical land of San Francisco. We were employed by Darian the Golden to bring hyper-local content to the masses. What seemed at first like a straightforward goal transformed into an endlessly shape-shifting torrent of evolving monetization strategies. Fortunately our tireless patching and reconfiguration of our core tech persisted us through the dire straights of a startup pivot and into the sunny waters of enterprise b2b services. I now find myself standing unsteadily upon a mountain of Big Data. I am a blind man shouting orders into the void. I command ephemeral hordes of spot instances to slice and devour the mountain. It is split and recombined in billions of pieces. It is assembled into untold simulacra of buildings, cities, regions all according to my instructions. It is not perfect yet. I struggle to deliver the demands of the ever consuming Product while maintaining the purity of the Atomic Index Build. I do this so that sales people might save time and make fewer, more effective sales calls.

I'm in a long term, open/poly relationship with a smart and beautiful radical feminist who goes to Harvard Law.
What I’m doing with my life
Web startup shit in San Francisco. Maintaining a gym routine. Hiking and biking and kayaking around the Bay Area. Trying to extend my list of good restaurants. Splitting my reading between good fiction, and super depressing nonfiction. Trying to imagine a fairer and more relaxed society with no firm idea of how to start that process. Lately I've been marveling at how fucked up Oakland politics is, 15 year dog park controversy? Really, now.
I’m really good at
So I've been doing some kind of programming for almost 10 years now and I guess somewhere down the line I got pretty ok at it. People keep offering me more money to keep doing what I'm doing so I guess I'll keep at it. Sometimes I wonder where'd I'd be if I had just toughed it out and stuck with that hand modeling career. I'll just have to live with my decisions.

When I was working on automating remote control helicopters I learned how to fly them. It was pretty useful at the time for what we were doing to have someone close at hand who knew how to fly these things. Buggy, hastily written programs are terrible at safely recovering a helicopter from mistakes that it just made so it was useful to have me take control before it crashed into a wall. Proud to say that I have a perfect record of not crashing expensive helicopters into walls. It wasn't all puppies and rainbows in helicopter land though. One time I was flying a decently sized helicopter (big and loud enough that it is scary to fly inside) out in a windy field in Richmond. The wind was strong enough to make the helicopter blades hit its own body. It flopped to the ground and the battery caught fire, then we ran away. The following day, I graduated from college.

These days I'm principally using my piloting skills to hover small plastic helicopters above the heads of coworkers. No fatalities so far.

I swim about 4 miles per week, and I go on longish bike rides and hikes when I can. When I have the opportunity I like to ski really fast down steep hills.

I'm kind of a beast at strategy games. Don't be intimidated, I like to teach. I'm trying to get better at go (aka baduk / weiqi) and teach more people how to play. It's a very elegant and satisfying game.
The first things people usually notice about me
Is that really your name? No, my name's actually Steve.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: David Graeber's Debt is one of the most interesting books I've read. Really enjoyed the portion of Terry Pratchet's Discworld books that I've read so far. I enjoy most Neal Stephenson books. Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow" is an amazing and heartbreaking book. Ha-Joon Chang writes some pretty cool books about economics. Andy Greenberg's "This Machine Kills Secrets" is an awesome read that could probably be made into several movies.

Movies: "The men who stare at goats" was a great film. Other superb films that I can't recommend strongly enough include "Black Dynamite" and "Pooty Tang."

I've given up trying to maintain a proper music collection, sorry. I've relegated myself to the ghetto of automatic internet radio services to listen to while I work/drive/work out/hang out. I even paid for that google music thing. Generally though, I like various electronic music and hip hop.

Delicious restaurants that I know of include Homeroom, Saysetha, Phat Matt's, Addis, Cafe Colucci, Ramen Underground, Kingdom of Dumpling, and Manpuku.
The six things I could never do without
Old Saturday Night Live references.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Making an open source distributed computational resource sharing system with an integrated currency system. You know, for stuff.

A world where robots do all the boring work and everyone else can just "smoke and fuck all day" as described by the brilliant and prescient artist Nelly in his epic poem "St. Louie"

Making things; it would be fun to make things that are tangible. I spend most of my time making ephemeral products. I've got rough plans in my head for a cat wheel (like a hamster wheel, but for my cats). I think I'll need some time with a welder.

How meritocracy is bullshit. It's pretty neat that I find myself with a combination of skills and knowledge that are highly valued by the current whims of the market. But I think I and most others would be way happier if everyone was valued equally as human beings.

Opening up my new restaurant chain "Uncle Nimbus's Chicken Village"
On a typical Friday night I am
Attending Happy hours. Getting dinner with friends. Chilling with my cats and watching anime about bread. Rolling down the street smoking endo and sipping on butter coffee.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I went to burning man one time and I didn't really care for the part where you had to live in a desert for a week. The art cars were pretty bitching though. When someone makes burning man where you can swim hit me up.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 20–32
  • Near me
  • For new friends, short-term dating, casual sex
You should message me if
You're cool with non-monogamy

You've got things to tell me that I haven't heard before.

This leaves you mesmerized: http://i.imgur.com/oRlackS.gif

You've got a brilliant idea and you just need a technical co-founder to knock out v1 over the weekend. (please no)