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36 Palo Alto, CA Man


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I’m looking for

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  • Ages 26–40
  • Near me
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating

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Last online
Yesterday – 9:35pm
6′ 1″ (1.85m)
Body type
Mostly vegetarian
Atheism, and laughing about it
Graduated from Ph.D program
Doesn’t have kids, but might want them
Likes dogs and likes cats
English (Fluently), Spanish (Okay)
My self-summary
Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I'm really bad at talking about myself... wait a sec, no I'm not. That's a silly thing to say. I had a non-traditional upbringing (unschooled, grew up in Mexico, traveled the world), so I can talk about myself for hours. But I've heard it all before. I'm more interested in you.

Partly because I didn't grow up in this country (and other reasons as well), I don't fit into American culture quite right. The things that seem to drive other people, don't interested me very much. So I'm attracted to people who want something different.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
Trying to walk the line between serving the causes I believe in (science, justice, community) and more worldly concerns (financial security, having a roof over my head, moderate debauchery). Come to think of it, Silicon Valley makes threading the path between those poles pretty precarious. With respect to worldly concerns, I don't have many expensive tastes but I do enjoy a good Hendricks and Tonic and a comfy bed.

I know I'm very ambitious because I download way more podcasts than I can possibly listen to.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.

Making salads. I win friends with salads.
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
My name. People usually hold out for a little while but eventually give in and ask "is that your given name?" One of my co-works loves, and often quotes, my standard response: "yes, *sigh* my parents were hippies". To tell the truth, that's the short answer. The long answer is longer.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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A few examples, carefully selected to express certain traits or class markings, as is done on this kind of site.

Words: saccharine, callipygian, gestalt, parasol (Spanish).

Books: Lord of Light, Use of Weapons, Discipline and Punish, Name of the Wind, Terry Pratchett, Baby Rudin, not Ayn Rand.

Since Jonah Lehrer broke my heart, I'm suspicious of writers like Malcolm Gladwell and Daniel H. Pink. As a scientist with a working bullshit detector (especially of my own), I'm suspicious of too good a story. That being said, I did like Daring Greatly by Brené Brown.

Movies: Her, Blade Runner, Juno, Moon, Secretary, Flight Club, Moonrise Kingdom.

Numbers: 1000000007 and 1000000009.

TV Shows: The Daily Show, Colbert, Black Mirror, QI, Babylon, Doctor Who.

Music: VNV Nation, Florence + the Machine, M.I.A., Orbital, The 9th, Underworld, Stravinsky.

I'm not above listening to some saccharine pop music, whatever comes up on the radio when I'm driving. Judge away.

Food: Thai, Chaat, Ethiopian, Salads (see above).

Don't make me choose. I love them all equally... Not really, I just tell them that to get them into bed.

I've been thinking about going vegetarian. I feel it's the moral thing to do. I just haven't been good about follow-through. I consider it a personal weakness. I don't eat much meat to begin with; high quality, ethically raised meat is expensive. I mostly use it as a spice rather than a main part of the meal.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Everything. When I was small, someone told me I think too much. I looked at them sideways and said "Hmmm, interesting idea, I'll think about that." While that story is apocryphal, I do mull over ideas in my head and run scenarios pretty much non-stop. I've been thinking (ha!) I should meditate to help me let go and clear my head.

Is it fewer rational numbers but less real numbers?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
That I reference Lily Allen in the next section.
You should message me if
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... you do care about clever and you do care about funny.

If you consider the ethical ramification of what you do (in work and play) and you put your actions where your morals are.

If you can come up with a better introductory message than "Hi :)". Not to sound like a tosser, but if you can't find anything in my profile that resonates with you, we probably won't connect.

If you know why is a raven like a writing desk.