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octal

35 M Mountain View, CA

My Details

Last Online
Jul 10
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 10″ (1.78m)
Body Type
Average
Diet
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Religion
Atheism, and somewhat serious about it
Sign
Pisces, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Dropped out of masters program
Job
Science / Engineering
Income
Rather not say
Relationship Status
Seeing Someone
Relationship Type
Offspring
Pets
Likes dogs and likes cats
Speaks
English (Fluently), Arabic (Poorly), French (Okay), Latin (Fluently), LISP (Fluently)

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My self-summary
I love to create, explore, and learn.

Also, I feel all okcupid profiles should be read using http://userscripts.org/scripts/review/125481
What I’m doing with my life
I work on technology startups around the world -- not just for money, but because I love getting to do things no one has done before, and working with people who like pushing the limits of what is possible.

I particularly enjoy computers, SCUBA diving, photography, firearms and target shooting, electronics, robotics, travel, meeting new people, and learning.

Sometimes this has taken me to really "nice" places, like spending six months in Thailand becoming a divemaster. Other times, war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan setting up systems to support X-rays in hospitals for military and civilian patients. Other times, Caribbean islands or tiny concrete platforms in the North Sea setting up satellite and microwave links for a data haven for unpopular data. I have lived in a lot of places, and so far, my favorites are Hong Kong, the San Francisco Bay Area in California and Seattle, Washington (hard to choose one!).

My current big project is a computer security startup in Palo Alto, and a lot of non-work time is spent on work-related conferences, parties, or lunch or dinner meetings, but I hope I will have time to travel, dive, and take a lot of photos. While I do work hard, no one has ever accused me of neglecting fun.
I’m really good at
I'm good at learning how to do things quickly, and "fake it until you make it". Also, I am a pretty good cook!
The first things people usually notice about me
I genuinely enjoy things I do; I generally don't do things just out of obligation or because of what I might gain, but because I actually enjoy the process.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: sci-fi Vernor Vinge, Neal Stephenson, Iain M. Banks. Other books by David Foster Wallace, Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Heller. Joseph Conrad, William S. Burroughs, Franz Kafka, Hunter S. Thompson.

I read a lot -- I love my kindle, iPad, and iPhone. I also read a lot of technical and scientific literature, and try to keep up with everything new in several hobbies. I also read a lot about security, Iraq, Afghanistan, war, the military, business, entrepreneurship, history, startups, technology, economics, and politics.

xkcd is the best comic ever. The Economist, Foreign Policy, and Foreign Affairs are my favorite magazines, but I must admit Gourmet and Cook's Illustrated magazines are almost porn.

I enjoy some tv, food, music and movies; who doesn't?
The six things I could never do without
I've lost almost everything I've owned about 5 times (moving between countries on short notice, a flood, etc.), so I tend to not be terribly attached to specific physical things. I have nice stuff, and I like it, I just don't become dependent. Right now I have 2 big storage units full of maybe 20% of my purchases from the past 10 years that I'm trying to triage, and I'm looking for a home to rent for the next 3-5 years.

I guess a computer and internet access are about the most important. I also like having a car, but zipcar is almost as good, except not really (I love my Audi, and would like to get big diesel pickup truck as a second car for moving motorcycles, scuba gear, kayaks, rifles, robots, and such).

The cheesy but still true answers ("freedom", "friends", etc) are in fact still true.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I spend a lot of time thinking about business startups, side projects, how to make things more efficient or at least more fun, etc. Pretty much anything unpleasant I have to do, I try to think of how to automate it, make it more fun, not have to do it again, etc.
On a typical Friday night I am
I don't really have typical Friday nights. Sometimes I'm out at a party (usually a private party, not a bar/club), or socializing with friends at a restaurant, or driving/flying for a weekend trip. Other times I'm at the office working all weekend.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
The bodies are buried in a field behind ... er. :)

Hrm... how about "almost all of the movies/music/etc. I consume are downloaded". Much less felonious :)

While I've worked a lot in Iraq and Afghanistan, I was against the war(s) -- regardless of how you feel about war in general, this just didn't seem like a good way to accomplish our goals, and had a lot of cost for not much benefit. A lot of people I've met the military feel the same way.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 24–38
  • Located anywhere
  • For new friends
You should message me if
I just (as of February 2011) moved back to the SF Bay Area (and the USA) after 1, 2, 6, or 11 years away (depending on how you count absence). I still have old friends from previous times I lived here, and am socializing with them, but meeting new people is great too. It's interesting what has changed and what hasn't!