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My self-summary
Somewhat computer-addicted, research-addicted, conversation-addicted grad student who prefers affecting the world too much to go into academia.

I'm a late-night wanderer, walking thoughtfully around my neighborhood, DC, or wherever I find myself.

National Mall favorites: Lincoln, Hirschorn, steam engine exhibit in American History (I dunno, they're big and cool).

I re-built the speakers in my stereo, and have re-soldered busted headphones.

I'm introverted but social. INTP if you buy into that.
What I’m doing with my life
Working on my dissertation in politics.

Running the graduate student organization on my campus.

Volunteering with PATC, updating their ultra-affordable hiking guides.
I’m really good at
Analysis of ideas, synthesis of broad research topics, and general systemization.

I minored in Rock Band drums in college and can still play on Expert. All the beat detection practice made me an oddly capable dancer.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Movies: Fellini's 8 1/2. is a favorite. Clerks, Rear Window, Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, High Noon.

Music: From Pink Floyd to modern experimental stuff. Boards of Canada, Tim Hecker, Burial, Sigur Ros and bassy EDM. Grew up in Pittsburgh, so classic rock (and The Clarks) take me back. Prog rock and prog metal. Yes, Porcupine Tree, Savatage.

I've outgrown my opera metal phase, thank god.

Authors: Bill Watterson, Tolkien, Chesterton. Aldous Huxley, Heidegger, Hobbes, Plato, Aristotle, Douglas Adams, Aristophanes, Dostoyevsky, Oscar Wilde.

Food: I cook bacon, then cook eggs and toast in the pan afterwards. Breakfast win.

Video Games: Portal, Majora's Mask, System Shock 2, and especially Deus Ex. Unreal Tournament for relieving tension.

Board games: Fluxx, Aquarius, Carcassonne, Call of Cthulhu.
The six things I could never do without
Keyboard shortcuts
Quality headphones
Ultralight REI backpack
An autonomous work environment
Something to study
Free will
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What it means to be free, if that's possible. The unfolding of the modern conception of the individual (liberalism.) The impact of ideas. Music. Beauty. How we learn and how we think.

I like to learn about everything except wine. I have to draw the line somewhere.
On a typical Friday night I am
Weary of my week of Apollonian studies, I engage in the Dionysian.

A recent ideal Saturday: Closed out a Petworth coffee shop, but the day was too gorgeous to go home. Walked to Columbia Heights, hiked south, tried a new place to eat; ate outside; wandered to Dupont where I lost a few rounds of blitz chess; hiked back north to U Street; grabbed a drink and headed into U Street Music Hall.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I hate owning physical objects, but I can't resist buying CDs even though I've run out of storage room for them.
You should message me if
You consider "listening to music" an activity.
You play music, make art, or introduce beauty to the world.
You like conversation and friendly debate.
You prefer someone who challenges your beliefs instead of blindly validating them.
You have a decent turntable, because mine is trash and I want to listen to my records.
You know how to cook with curry, this is next on my cooking experiment hit list.