johnb1115
27 Cambridge, MA
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My self-summary
Photography enthusiast. Coffee addict. Dark beer lover. Climbing/running junkie. World traveler. Numbers guy. History buff. Aspiring foodie. Chicago boy at heart.
What I’m doing with my life
Currently finishing up my PhD at MIT. I'll be graduating this summer and then starting as a quantitative trader at a proprietary finance firm.

I've been a "big brother" through Big Brothers and Big Sisters for 3 years now, and my "little brother" and his family are a big part of my life in Boston. He cheats at tag and once punched me in the stomach to "test my abs."
I’m really good at
Cards Against Humanity. Dog whispering. Mini-golf. Navigating foreign cities and subways with nothing but a map. Giving directions to strangers. Finding the ideal ironic hashtag for any situation.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music: Rock (Tegan and Sara, The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Replacements); Rap (Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Lil' Wayne).

Going to the Replacements' reunion show was the musical highlight of my life.

Books: a few favorites include David McCullough, Nick Hornby, Steven Levitt, Aleksandr Solzhenitsen, and Frank McCourt. But I read voraciously and there are many, many more.

Movies: old favorites include the Bourne movies, Superbad, Airplane, Jerry Maguire, Shawshank Redemption.

TV: Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, 30 Rock, Parks and Rec, Girls, The Wire, Breaking Bad. Also, cool documentary shows like "Cosmos" and "VICE."

Food: Chicago-style deep-dish pizza. And sushi. I LOVE sushi.
The six things I could never do without
Coffee - I didn't believe caffeine was a drug until I tried to go cold turkey on coffee.

Camera/tripod/other equipment - photography is my creative outlet. I usually do mostly landscapes and cityscapes/architecture, but I've been trying to do more up-close or portrait photography recently. A lot of my best stuff ends up at: https://500px.com/johnb1115

Passport - I try to go abroad at least once a year. My last big trip was to Hong Kong, and next up is either Italy or Korea.

Climbing wall - the best way to blow off steam after work.

Books - I almost always have at least one book going. My bookshelf is the one thing I'm certain will stay with me, wherever my life takes me.

Playoff hockey - the best 8 weeks of the year. Go Hawks!
I spend a lot of time thinking about
- Does a person's favorite Game of Thrones character reflect his or her personality?

- In 2040, when "That 2010s Show" premiers, what quirks of our era will it stereotype?

- What shape of pasta goes best with this chicken parm I just cooked up?

- How can I adopt a golden retriever without my landlord finding out?
On a typical Friday night I am
... using my superpowers to rescue kittens trapped in trees.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
In spite of my best efforts, I have never been able to snap my fingers.
You should message me if
... you want to check out the Taza chocolate factory or the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum, because I've been meaning to go to both.
... you want to go to Brooklyn Boulders and then wander over to Aeronaut for a beer.
... you're equally comfortable discussing the finer points of the Greek crisis and also rocking out to the latest T. Swift jam.
... you want to show me your favorite photography spot in or around Boston.
... you have a dog I can be best friends with.
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