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What I’m doing with my life
Still finding out what I'll be doing with it long-term.

Until then, being busy learning new things about the world around me and myself. Finding things worth knowing more about, things worth marveling at. Anything from the human brain to snowflakes dancing in a ray of February sun.
I’m really good at
Learning. Thinking. Laughing. Cooking. Reading. Daydreaming. Making. And science.

Things I want someday to be good at: Photography. Tailoring/dressmaking. UX. Homemade hardware hacks. Gardening. R. Vector graphics.

Trivia: I don't do any C++ at all, I'm fluent in several other computer languages not in the list. And can speak or at least read other human languages, but let's stick to English or German here.
The first things people usually notice about me
Not what I thought they would.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I wrapped my head around Italo Calvino's Cosmicomics. Watched people struggle with each other while building a new society from scratch in Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy. Perceived the weirdest twists of time as the simplest linear narration in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Chronicle of a death foretold. Didn't laugh at the rain of sheep which David Foster Wallace's John Billy describes in his improbably educated English. Lived in a world which could almost be mistaken for ours in John Crowley's Little, big.

Years ago, David Attenborough showed me the miracle of evolution. In more recent times, I learned from Dan Arieli (a bit of) what people don't know about themselves. Jaron Lanier reminded me that it is improtant to be human. Stephen Pinker taught me about the tool I use most in my life - language. And Harold McGee revealed to me the amazing universe inside my skillet.

I followed the girls and guys in Daren Aronofsky's Requiem for a dream into the abyss they couldn't resist, while marveling at the masterful camera work. Ignored the world and its norms with the couple in Emir Kusturica's Arizona dream. Watched a genius struggle with his everyday demons in Bob Fosse's All that jazz. Was perplexed by the strangest happyend ever in Lars von Trier's Melancholia. Pieced together what is really happening in Gaspar Noe's Irreversible, and wept for Monica Bellucci's character. Invented a new story every time I watched Vincent Laforet's Reverie, even though I was so busy devouring the eye candy. Got my head exploded by Cyriac's Cycles.

Ars technica keeps me informed on exciting new science result and what is happening with copyright law. I almost can follow the plot lines of Girl Genius. Saturday morning breakfast cereal never fails to surprise me with its transitions from crudest jokes to profound insights and subtlest humor and back, often in a single comic strip. And xkcd brightens my day three times a week.

I am a picky omnivore. Daily dairy, never vinegar, and a myriad of other preferences. Can't stand overcooked food.

Rock and metal. And I don't care which one Metallica is.
The six things I could never do without
I can, and have, do without practically anything beyond physiologically unavoidalbe things. But here is the list of things I choose not to do without.

Books and other things to read (including the Internet)
A hobby project to tinker with
Time for myself
I spend a lot of time thinking about
"I wonder how X works"
"What would happen if I try Y?"
"What is the best way to do Z?"
"How can I find T out?"
"Wow, U is beautiful!
"This table is so complicated, a whole accounting department couldn't produce it by merging and coloring cells in Excel, why am I trying to layout it in LaTeX?"
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've walked straight into a tree.
More than once.
(There is nothing wrong with my eyesight, but on these occasions, whatever was happening on the screen of my PDA, or in my head, was so interesting that I didn't pay attention to my surroundings).

Also, I own a pair of Vibram Five Fingers, and love them. Super comfy!
You should message me if
A major factor for me is that you live close enough. I don't care for long distance (> 2 hours door to door) relationships, sorry :(