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Last online
Nov 22
5' 10" (1.78m)
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Atheism and it’s important
Doesn’t have kids but wants them
English (Fluently), Spanish (Fluently)
My self-summary
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9-28-15: Slightly out of date, but gives the right impression.

Science wielder for kittens.

"... A typical estimate is that global free migration would double global production."

I help organize and lead Effective Altruism community where we eat snacks, socialize and discuss the best ways to do good in the world. We've talked about: meta-charities, the arguments for focusing on different areas (like animal welfare, 3rd world poverty and existential risks), and the importance of evidence of impact (yay Randomized Controlled Trials!). I've met several of my close friends this way.

"By our powers combined!"

I really like listening to people talk about the things that are important to them: their family, their projects and what's going on for them. I like to help people feel 'heard'. My friends and I are in the process of starting an intentional community where everyone knows each other, we have common space and the herd of kids can freely roam the plains. I used to live with my family, but that was a bit too quiet for me, so now I live with several of my friends. We cook each other meals, have an Official Brainstorming Protocol and make jokes about being an atheist in a world with literal gods.

My roommates regularly have me rolling around on the couch laughing hysterically. My humor varies between total deadpan, making cat noises and acting like a the daintiest princess you've ever met.

"Any sufficiently analyzed magic is indistinguishable from SCIENCE!"

If you tell me you know lots about traffic control science, the lifecycle of vampire algae, or the economics of Medieval cooking, I'll sit in rapt attention and ask you a thousand questions. If you want to hear me explain something interesting, you can ask me about the economics of tacos, strategies for communicating with empathy or cognitive biases and rationality.

My hobbies often involve math, diagrams, and academic articles. I'm writing an academic book chapter about a statistical library I develop for fun.

"my MBTI type is `the type of person who did some looking into it years ago and knows that the MBTI is neither particularly scientific nor particularly consistently applied` or, as it’s also called, INTJ"

I love books and articles that teach me something I can use, and my book learning often becomes part of my life. For example, I:

- Take vitamin D because I've read the Cochrane meta-analysis on vitamin D and mortality.
- Went from dressing in Khakis and a Polo shirt to dark jeans and a fitted shirt because I learned people judge you based on how you look (who knew?) and took time to develop that skill.
- Use spaced repetition to learn things because its the most efficient way to remember things.

"Even if you only whisper it to yourself, whisper it still: Tsuyoku naritai! I want to become stronger!"

I'm always working on getting better in some way: getting tutored in proofs, building rationality skills, building a regular exercise habit, taking an improv class with my brother, or practicing empathy skills with Nonviolent Communication.

Bouldering is like solving math problems with your body, which I find very satisfying. I also love to dance to electronic music in my room in my underwear, and at my desk at work or at a party.

I give Homework Help at the library once a week to interact with kids more. While helping them, I try to empathize with whatever's going on in their lives and also lightly tease them sometimes. I think its fun when they tease me for being a nerd.

Direct, honest and empathic communication make life lovely. I'm a Sex Positive Feminist.
What I’m doing with my life
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Nerd commando.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Math. active listening, staring unflinchingly into the dark maw of truth, snuggling, excessive eye contact, and acceptance without the crutch of indifference.
The first things people usually notice about me
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People tell me I dance pretty.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Food: Cooked for my family for years, so I'm pretty decent. Capsaicin is seasoning with endorphins.

Books: I really enjoy books that can teach me a new skill or give me a new perspective. My favorite recent book is Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life. I finished The Ethical Slut, so I'm moving on to the sequel, The Slutty Ethicist; they have an interesting take on population ethics.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, Snow Crash, A Fire Upon the Deep, At the Mountains of Madness, The Last of the Mohicans, Le Petit Prince, War of the Worlds, The World According to Garp, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead.

Music: Do Make Say Think, Daft Punk, Fleetwood Mac, Girl Talk, Phoenix, Dave Brubeck, Modern Jazz Quartet, Iron and Wine, Iron Maiden, Jose Gonzales, Zoe Keating, Talking Heads, The Killers.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Self improvement, good friends, books with something to teach, people with something to teach, snuggles.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
The Bayesian revolution (P values will be first up against the wall).
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Board games with friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I am rapidly acquiring a reputation for glitter gluttony.
You should message me if
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Your reaction to someone who knows a lot more on a topic you're interested in is "neat! teach me", and your reaction to someone interested in something you know a lot more about is "neat! I get to teach them".

Tell me about that topic that you're itching to talk to people about. Whatever it is, I am very likely to be riveted.

Slate Star Codex, LessWrong, Effective Altruism, statistics, rationality, charity, economics, The Life You Can Save, Giving What We Can, econoblogosphere, Nonviolent Communication, Quantified Self, improv, Thinking Fast and Slow, Harry Potter and the Methods Of Rationality (HPMOR).