Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
My name is Michael, and I like to think that I am an unusual
person. I've wanted to work in science or engineering for a long
time, but I also believe liberal arts are important so I spent a
lot of time doing both. I wanted to do a dual degree in science and
liberal arts so I got a degree in Women's and Gender Studies (WGS,
more on that later) and now I am getting a Master of Science in
Computer Science. (Also, is it just me or does announcing yourself
as a "MASTER OF SCIENCE!!!" sound hilariously dramatic?)
My ultimate goal is to work on what is called a brain computer
interface, which is a device that lets you control and/or
communicate with a computer directly with your brain or through a
neural interface. I also developed a related interest in
Transhumanism as a result.
As for how I got involved in WGS, it was kind of an accident. I
read The Feminine Mystique in high school on a whim and was really
surprised by what I read. When I got to college I had to take a
diversity courses of some kind and I took intro to WGS. It turned
out that I enjoyed it and was really good at it, so I ended up
pursuing it further. I enjoyed studying gender because its
something that is a core part of the way people identify themselves
yet most people don't really analyze it. I also enjoyed studying
sexuality because its a part of almost everyone's life but once
again most people don't look at sexuality analytically. Plus, sex
is fun so why not study it? Probably the most interesting thing I
did in WGS that is simple enough to explain in this box is that my
senior year I lived in a women's/gender issue themed house on
campus (there were houses with other themes too, like art or
environmentalism) with 11 women. It was quite an experience! All of
this probably sounds unrelated to brain computer interfaces, but it
has actually ended up being rather pertinent. Modern humans are
almost inseparable from their tools and brain computer interfaces
will blur that line even further. By studying gender I was able to
study identity at a deep level and I apply it to the way that I
think brain computer interfaces will affect people.
Some random things about me:
- I like to sing and I sang in a choir for several years. I haven't
been singing recently but I want to start again.
- I have handwriting so bad that it is literally a medical
- My Myers-Briggs personality type is ENTP
- I love books, and my hope is to some day have an awesome library
room in my house.
- I am pretty disorganized.
- One of my favorite aspects of being in a relationship is learning
from someone who knows about all sorts of things I'm not familiar
with. I like to listen.
- My computer is hooked up to three monitors.
- I like cakes and I like baking them.
What I’m doing with my life
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I'm working on an MS (computer science), looking for opportunities
to work with brain computer interfaces, trying to find the right
women's studies/gender studies/sexuality related periodical to
submit an article for publication to, learning about all sorts of
random stuff, and volunteering. My goal is to work on brain
computer interfaces as a job, maybe even at my own company if I can
swing it. If I can I also want to do an immersion
experiment/experience with what it is like to be disabled (blind,
deaf, paraplegic) this summer. I also work with also work with
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Hmm, I like to thing I am good at a lot of things, but what am I
REALLY good at? I am really good at writing when I put the proper
effort into it. I am really good at women's/gender/sexuality
studies (I'd like to be really good at men's studies but in some
ways that is a neglected field so I didn't get much experience with
it). I have really good thoughts. I think that I am much better
than the most people at recognizing when people do things without
thinking or having a clear reason why they do it (compare regular
shoes to Vibram Fivefingers for example (Google Vibram Fivefingers
and you will see what I am talking about)) and that skill is one of
my favorite parts about myself.
I am working on becoming a great programmer, but that is a craft so
it takes time to master. I aspire to be really good with brain
computer interface related technology.
The first things people usually notice about me
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...is my hair!
If they interact with me, then I would guess the next thing they
notice that I talk quickly (probably too quickly, but I try to slow
down) and that I know a lot of things; not in a "know it all" kind
of way, but if you bring up a topic about almost anything I can
have a conversation with you about it.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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(Still adding stuff as I think of it)
The Art of War, Self Made Man, Flatland,
Black Swan, The Matrix, Spaceballs, Airplane, Fight Club, bad
sci-fi/horror movies (e.g. Pandorum, Event Horizon),
Fringe, Family Guy etc., How It's Made, Investigation Discovery,
various comedy shows (Community, 30 Rock, etc.), Angel, Dollhouse,
A bunch of random music from classical to pop. I don't follow many
artists specifically except for Lady Gaga. I enjoy listening to and
Ice cream, pizza, cake, cup cakes, cake pops, cake again,
Deus Ex, Oblivion, Portal (2), Zelda
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
This is hard because some things require other things, like a music
player requires power. I'll have to think about this one.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
I spend a lot of time thinking, but its not always about the same
thing. It depends on what has my attention at that moment, what was
on the radio, what I just read, etc.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Relaxing at home, maybe catching up on TV shows on Hulu or reading.
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