I organize hypnosis parties and meetups, at Wicked Grounds and a few other places. Yes, you can look me up on fetlife. More below, in "Thinking about."
I love teaching. I taught martial arts in high school, jewelry making in college, swing dancing for fun between tech jobs, and these days, I teach hacking and security, and separately, hypnosis. I love getting someone to learn a skill they thought was beyond them.
My job has taken me to Melbourne, Singapore and India in the last year. Ask me about learning to haggle in open air markets, and the awesome people who sometimes make the trip up from Australia.
Since 2010, I've run the least-fluffy blog on energy healing you'll ever see. Here's the premise: If you believe that healing can reduce pain signals in nerves -- and I do, along with the NIH and a stack of double-blind, placebo-controlled studies -- why stop there? I want to uncover healing's mechanism, take it apart, and use those parts to build better, more effective techniques. A friend describes me as "scientifically magickal," and my blog, magickofthought.com, has roughly zero "love and light," and quite a few case studies. My first book comes out early next year.
(Over your woo quotient? I'm friends with people not into this, and I'm happy to just not bring it up.)
I read about science and evolution and economics for fun, and do workshops with the Center for Applied Rationality, a non-profit dedicated to helping us all make better decisions through cognitive science. I love understanding how the world works -- one of my favorite first dates involved learning the engineering of knitting from susanstohelit, an awesome woman I've been dating since 2012.
I'm non-monogamous / polyamorous. If we wind up dating, I'll want to meet your people, and I'll want you to meet mine.
Professionally, I rob banks.
(That sounds more exciting than security consulting, right?)
For hobbies, I go swing dancing most weekends, (west coast swing, for those who know), and indoor rock climbing.