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My self-summary

First of all, can someone tell me why one of my pictures refuses to crop properly and cuts my head off? Technology is hard.

I'm Max. I work at Amazon. Not the cool, corporate part where you get free Kindles and use drones to do your maniacal bidding (I assume), but the actual packing the stuff you buy and sending it to you part. If you've bought a dildo in the past six months, I probably packed it for you. And laughed.

In my non-work time, I'm basically obsessed with learning things, including but not limited to: modernist literature, cosmological physics, music of various genres (currently contemporary classical and r&b), chess strategy, biohacking, and discrete (mostly "visual") maths. I enjoy learning about pretty much everything.

When I'm not spending hours reading or poring over Wikipedia pages, I'm either writing a novel, playing video games, or getting schwasted with friends. I'm currently trying to get schwasted less. Or more. I haven't decided yet.

I also thoroughly enjoy sleeping. I also think sleep is a terrible waste of time. This is a contradiction that I have yet to resolve.
What I’m doing with my life
Drinking kombucha and feeling pretty hipster about it.
I’m really good at
Writing, I hope. Dear Lord.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm totally awkward. Like, middle-school chess club math nerd awkward. Probably because that was me in middle school.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Most recent obsession is Hiatus Kaiyote. Choose Your Weapon is the shit.


The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984)—Milan Kundera
The God of Small Things (1997)—Arundhati Roy

The Hours (2002)

Mothertongue (2007)—Nico Muhly
LP1 (2014)—FKA twigs
James Blake (2011)—James Blake
Ys (2006)—Joanna Newsom
The six things I could never do without
I assume this prompt isn't to be taken literally, as [1] the obvious ones are pretty obvious, and [2] I recognize that I could actually survive with very little (I just wouldn't enjoy it). So here are the less obvious:

1. Technology (phone, wifi, etc.)
2. Music
3. Language
4. A cultural continuity, a conversational dialogue expressible through art and language (including social media)
5. Physical work/expression of some sort, such as sex
6. Hygiene. I'm first-world spoiled.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The Big Bang theory and the validity of Roger Penrose's conformal cyclic cosmology.

Also: When is Joanna Newsom going to release another album?
On a typical Friday night I am
Tunnel-visioning on my novel or chilling with roommates. Or on a Wikipedia binge. Or reading a book.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I used to be super into Ayn Rand as a kid. Like, obsessed almost. Turns out, empathy is hard, and I was probably emotionally stunted as a child.
You should message me if
You can teach this half-Korean kid how to enjoy spicy kimchi so I don't bring dishonor to my family. For real. It's gross.

Note: I answered most of the match questions on here like six years ago. If you legit care if the algorithm likes us, tell me and I'll just go through our shared match questions or whatever. Not multiple-choice-testing again. I'm lazy.