quilan2
33 Tampa, FL
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My self-summary
[ Note: I haven't been active here in ages, but I do stick around to help as a moderator. I'm here to help you people have a smooth time, dick-picture free. Feel free to say hi though! ]

[ Note #2: This profile's like... a billion years old. Straight up transcribed from the bowels of the Mesoproterozoic Era, it's a little out of date. Most of it's still valid (even after the eons), but some is pretty unloved. It shall be updated at some point. ]

Elevator speech version: I'm an easy-going but social math-y guy who loves to go out dancing and playing/writing music.

What can be said? I'm a consummate learner, with a curiosity that knows no bounds. Currently, I'm enrolled in a slew of classes from Coursera because I find them intensely fascinating! It's pretty much the best website ever.

Typically during evenings, I find myself dancing -- a lot. Swing [EC, WC, Lindy] is the genre of choice now-a-days, but I used to do ballroom. Partner dancing of any sort is pretty awesome, but club dancing is pretty much not my thing.

I love writing music & playing the piano -- been doing it since I was a little one. I play mostly classical, but if I like it I'll probably get the sheet music & have a go at it.

As far as miscellaneous activities, after many years of wanting to, I've finally become Scuba Certified so I can finally go off swimming in wrecks or other fun places. For local fun, I enjoy plays, concerts, Rays games, etc.

One of my more interesting accomplishments I've achieved, was when I was named as TIME magazine's person of the year in 2006. You can even look it up if you don't believe me.
What I’m doing with my life
I moved to Florida about 6-7 years ago from Massachusetts because of my job. I've been programming software pretty much my entire post-pubescent life. I write all sorts of fun code that deals with image recognition. It's crazy difficult stuff and I am completely in love with it; it has been dubbed before as 'squiggly math'.

For my future plans, I'm extremely flexible. I plan on being completely debt free within 2-3 years hopefully, and then hope to buy a nice affordable house.
I’m really good at
Dancing has been a part of my life for almost 10 years now and I'm in love with it. I'm rather proficient in writing circumlocutory profile descriptions.

I tend to be a bit of an absorbing personality; I vastly enjoy listening to when others tell stories and discuss issues.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Books

Mostly sci-fi / well written fantasy. The Song of Ice and Fire series, Cryptonomicon, anything Terry Pratchett has ever written, Neil Gaiman. Lucifer's Hammer, Contact, Ender's Game / Shadow, etc.

Also, The Big Short by Michael Lewis was by far one of the best books I've read in a long time. Hilariously funny (in a very dark manner) and incredibly eye-opening. A must-read for anyone, his work is great.

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Movies

The Shawshank Redemption, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Moulin Rouge, anything Pixar and anything Tim Burton.

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TV Shows

Better off Ted, Community, Firefly (nerd cred -- watched it during it's original run), Stargate SG-1/A/U, Dollhouse, Dexter. Additionally, a number of still-running shows such as Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, etc.

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Comedy

Mitch Hedburg, Monty Python, Demetri Martin.

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Music

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Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Saint-Saens, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Shostakovitch.

▬Metal▬
After Forever, Bal-Sagoth, Dan Swano, Devin Townsend, Dream Theater, Hammers of Misfortune, Kamelot, Meshuggah, Morbid Angel, Nevermore, Nightwish, Pain of Salvation, Savatage / Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Seventh Wonder, Symphony X, To-Mera, and many many many more. Shortened for brevity.

And no longer metal, but this Anathema song is just stupendously amazing.

This is far from an exhaustive genre list too, as I very much enjoy EDM (Infected Mushroom!), rap, etc. There're very few genres I dislike really.

While I'm in my car, I typically listen to NPR. I love the stories they discuss, and it's incredibly informative.

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Food

All types, seriously. You name it I'll try it once.

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The six things I could never do without
* A sound mind and body. I don't know how I'd react to not being able to do the things I love.
* A computer
* Reason & intuition
* A sense of inspiration
* RAS Syndrome
* The face: ಠ_ಠ
I spend a lot of time thinking about
If the universe were a simulation, then the parent computer would have to behave at an equal or higher level than a Turing Machine. It boggles the mind to consider how this would behave. Likewise, how the universe manages to keep track of the exponential number of states in entangled quantum systems.
On a typical Friday night I am
Ideally, dancing the night away with friends for a few hours, then coming home & curling up in bed to relax before going to sleep.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I joined this site solely after I found that these were the same guys who made the original www.TheSpark.com. I mean come on, that site was AWESOME, and the progenitor of SparkNotes. It was like, The Cracked before its time.

OH! Once when I was young, I tried to convince my little sister that I could breathe through my toes and that she could to, but she just had to practice hard at it! It's one of my favorite stories, and I ended up bringing it up at her recent wedding. Good times.
You should message me if
You read through the 'The Two of Us' tab and and think 'damn, those are some really good answers. I've gotta find out more'. Seriously, read 'em over, I've spent a good deal of time writing up some explanations of most of the questions.

Bonus points if you've used the words ambivalent and penultimate correctly before.
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