j_hackworth
26 San Francisco, CA
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My self-summary
I'm a recent transplant to San Francisco from Sydney, Australia. I am 100% in love with the city.

I make things, all the time. A weekend spent writing a game or building a clock is the perfect weekend. I like coffee, not for the caffeine but for the ritual of holding a hot mug in my hands, reading a book or the internet, and thinking about the world.

I'm both introverted and extroverted. I don't party much, but when I do I like to be in the thick of it, talking to everyone or dancing like an idiot. I like to overhear a conversation my friends are having, wait for just the right moment and interject with the perfect dumb joke.

I'm nonmonogamous and in a committed long-term relationship. Let me know if you want to meet my partner (hint: you do! She's great.)
What I’m doing with my life
I used to think I wanted to make game design my life, but there was a conflicting desire to "be important", to change the world and make it a better place. And I don't feel like making games is the best way to do that, so game design is now a hobby and an obsession rather than a career option.

To that end, I'm now working at a small biotech startup that's hoping to change the way laboratory work gets done in biology, and make it possible to do drug discovery or genetics research from your laptop in a cafe. Even if the startup doesn't work out, I think the idea is interesting enough that it deserves a shot.

I'm looking around for a laid-back circus school to join in the bay area so I can keep learning silks and trapeze. I'd love to find myself somewhere to play on a German wheel, too.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Italo Calvino's "Invisible Cities".
Neal Stephenson's "The Diamond Age".
Daniel Kahneman's "Thinking, Fast & Slow".
Warren Ellis's "Transmetropolitan".
Christopher Alexander's "A Pattern Language".
Eliezer Yudkowsky's "Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality".
Kurt Vonnegut's "Cat's Cradle".

Primer. Nausicaa. Top Gun and Point Break. Zatoichi.

Orphan Black, Sherlock, House of Cards, Adventure Time.

Space Alert, Falling, Carcasonne, Puzzle Strike.

Janelle Monae, Lemon Jelly, Lemaitre, DJ Earworm.
The six things I could never do without
Once, my phone ran out of battery while I was driving in the next suburb over from the place I grew up in and lived for 15 years. I had to flag down a taxi and ask directions.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Cellular automata, the space between atoms, the space in the sky, humanity, transhumanism, post-scarcity, the future, etymology, polyamory, cooking, code.
You should message me if
You'd like to have coffee, talk about how politics is game design or how global utilitarian ethics is really a problem of information transfer, visit a bookshop, wander around the city for an afternoon and top the evening with a sexy night in.

Or if you think you can beat me at Letterpress.
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