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My self-summary
Hi! My name is Erin. I work as a security engineer--that is, I'm an ethical hacker. No, I won't hack into your ex-girlfriend's facebook.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm learning to find the seams between the interactions of different computer programs and use those seams to cause problems. I also have a cat and a puppy.
I’m really good at
I'm good with computers. I like to program a bit. I also enjoy drawing, running, biking, hiking, and music. I probably go to a concert every week. What this really means is I get beer poured on me accidentally by someone fucked up, but it's typically worth it. I also play guitar poorly.
The first things people usually notice about me
My hair is super curly and therefore gets stuck on everything, even in car windows, which is horrible when I'm trying to look around to turn left. Also, I match my clothes to my tattoo. It's getting ridiculous.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music! I love music. I can't count the number of shows I've been to in the last year. I'm into indie, but really I'll listen to anything from classical to hard rock as long as there's no screaming. Lately, I've been listening to Kevin Devine almost non-stop, and The Lumineers are another favorite. Low was my all-time favorite for a while. I like The XX a lot, Beirut even more, Foster the People are a guilty pleasure, and everybody has to love them some Death Cab for Cutie. Also, I'll listen to anything to which I can dance.

I love to read, though in the last few years I've trended toward non-fiction pop psychology. I'm currently reading Deep Work by Cal Newport and have a copy of The Defining Decade laying in wait. I have a guilty pleasure for chick lit action books, which is a pretty weird genre full of explosions and sassy ladies. I read a lot of academic journal articles, partially for my job and partially because I like science.

Television-wise, I tend to watch a lot of educational stuff, like TED talks. I recently watched all of Mr Robot and was shocked that it actually had some accuracies to real hacking. I've also been digging Rick and Morty like woah. Firefly and Archer are still my faves.
The six things I could never do without
1. Coffee. Now I make my own pourover at home every day. And sometimes I get Starbucks. I'm only slightly ashamed.
2. Concerts/Music. I don't go anywhere without a pair headphones. I'm constantly entering contests to go to shows for free.
3. My watch. I have a big, clunky, digital watch with an e-ink screen. I have a difficult time reading analog clocks (hello dyslexia!) and will be constantly late if I'm just relying on my phone for the time.
4. A bike. My preferred method of travel.
5. Mindfulness. I try very hard to stay in the current moment. I focus intently on whatever I'm doing.
6. ???
7. Profit (6 was a lie).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I think about my work a lot; I always have several ideas brewing in the back of my mind. I'm trying hard to build my skillset and come up with good ideas. Also, I spend a good deal of time starring at pictures of adorable baby animals.
On a typical Friday night I am
This changes every week! Sometimes I go to meetups, sometimes I hit up a concert, and sometimes I just stay in and watch HGTV with my cat.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I crashed a friend's car into a highway patrol car when I was 19. Oops.
You should message me if
You like music, science, and want to hang out. Liking dogs is a prereq.