Hi, my name's Thom. Let's go on an adventure.
For the last several years of my life, I have not lived in the same place. After growing up in St. Louis, I moved to New York City to go to school for a year. After that, I moved to Los Angeles where I worked for AmeriCorps in East Los Angeles. The year after, I moved to the San Francisco bay area to work for a technology company before coming back home to go to school, sans a semester in Japan. So I've lived on both coasts, and now I'm back in St. Louis.
What I’m doing with my life
Leaving the world better than I found it. Hacking the matrix.
I’m really good at
dancing, I like swing and sometimes I breakdance.
"Dance is the vertical expression of a horizontal desire legalized
by music." - George Bernard Shaw
"We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance." -
The first things people usually notice about me
My confidence. I'll come right up and talk to you.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Poetry: E.E. Cummings, Shakespeare, Rumi
Fiction: Dune, Snow Crash, Ender's Game
Movies: The Departed, Requiem for a Dream, other Darren Aronofsky
Disney: Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King
Pixar: Up, Finding Nemo
Shows: Star Trek, Firefly, Stargate, Game of Thrones,
Music: Incubus, Elliot Smith, Dum Dum Girls, Nine Inch Nails
Food: Spicy, Curry, Quinoa
Nonfiction: Joseph Campbell's The Hero With a Thousand Faces,
Nicole Daedone's Slow Sex: the Art and Craft of the Female Orgasm
The six things I could never do without
1.) My laptop
2.) My phone
3.) 88.1 KDHX
4.) My family
5.) My friends
6.) Metta or compersion
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Computer Security. I like hacking, and soon I'll hack professionally and find weaknesses and help fix them. I'm also interested in Statistical Machine Translation, that is, using computers to translate bodies of text based on statistical analysis of pre-translated corpora. I think about this kind of stuff because in Star Trek there's a thing called a "Universal Translator", I think it's a fun thought experiment to ask what it would take to create one... I think Statistical Machine Translation could be one way. But of course, computers have difficulty understanding connotation and context, and cultural data is oft lost.
On a typical Friday night I am
Dancing, going out for a drink or grabbing a bite with friends, or watching a movie.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My weaknesses are getting my neck bitten and girls with short hair. Also; I'm a bit kinky, an S&M Dominant. I'm pretty open. I'll tell you almost anything.
You should message me if
you're reading this right now. I'm better in two-way conversation than one-way profile description.