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rogue_optimist

29 M San Francisco, CA

My Details

Last Online
Apr 19
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
Asian, White
Height
5′ 6″ (1.68m)
Body Type
Diet
Strictly anything
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Never
Religion
Judaism, but not too serious about it
Sign
Capricorn, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Graduated from university
Job
Science / Engineering
Income
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Pets
Speaks
English (Fluently), LISP (Poorly), Esperanto (Poorly)

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What I’m doing with my life
I'm very lucky to be leading an amazing engineering team at one of the most exciting startups in the city. I love my team and sincerely believe we're gonna change the world.

Beyond work, I'm exploring the city, going on hikes, watching indie movies, and going to a lot of stereotypical techie house parties with craft beer and board games.
The first things people usually notice about me
Lots of people have a hard time putting a finger on my exact ethnicity. People from parts of the country where there are not many Asians will often assume I'm 100% Asian. People from Asia will often assume I'm 100% white. Both groups will be surprised when they learn I am mixed 50/50, and usually only native Californians will successfully guess that. Now, if you can successfully guess what kind of Asian and what kind of white each side is, drinks are on me.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I love books. Love 'em, love 'em, love 'em. All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren is undoubtedly my favorite novel. I came very close to splurging a ridiculous sum on a first-edition first-printing of that book in the rare book room of Powell's Bookstore. On a side note, Powell's Bookstore in Portland is one of the most authentically personal religious experiences I've ever had.

As a kid, I loved The Wizard of Oz series by L. Frank Baum. Did you know this was a 14 part series? It is, and an awesome one! What you got, Potter? What you got?

When I get the chance I like reading philosophy, including stuff by Nietzsche,Michel Foucault, and Slavoj Zizek. Also, Calvin and Hobbes cartoons.

Movies: I consider myself a bit of a movie buff - not quite a hardcore one that can tell you all about the kind of cameras Stanley Kubrick used, and hopefully not a snobby one, since I enjoy mindless summer action movies as much as anyone.

I have a bit of a soft spot for mindfucks and gimmicks, so Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Memento, and Adaptation are three of my favorites.

I am a hack for anything Coen Brothers. A Serious Man perfectly captured the nihilist streak that runs through all the Jewish culture-stuff that I absorbed growing up.

I am one of the only people I know who loved The Tree of Life, which I guess I need more artsy friends. Seriously, I thought this movie was actually very accessible despite being slower-paced. It was really ambitious in scope and made you feel things and ponder things on a grander scale than any movie I've seen aside from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

When I'm feeling down there's nothing I like better than light-hearted action movies that don't take themselves terribly seriously. Examples are Serenity, Pirates of the Caribbean, Zombieland etc.

Other favorite movies that I will list here uncategorized, just to give you a feel for it: Rashomon, Dr. Strangelove, The Godfather, 12 Angry men, The Social Network, Batman Begins/Dark Knight, Spiderman 1+2, all non-Cars Pixar, anything written by Charlie Kaufman, Back to the Future, Mother, Please Vote for Me, Man on Wire.

Music. I don't spend nearly as much time diving into music as I do other genres, but I'm a fan of classic rock, and some contemporary alternative. I like a lot of indie rock but don't keep up with the scene nearly enough to be a real fan.

And now for something completely different. Since there's no other box for this, here's a list of my favorite quotes!

"The strategic adversary is fascism... the fascism in us all, in our heads and in our everyday behavior, the fascism that causes us to love power, to desire the very thing that dominates and exploits us." -Michel Foucault

"the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue center light pop and everybody goes 'aww'." -Jack Kerouac

GameSpot:: What other games do you see as providing entree into the human condition?

Peter Ludlow, Professor at the Univ. of Michigan:: All games, because the human condition is basically one of gaming from start to finish. Brokers working on Wall Street are not just working, they are gaming. Generals fighting wars are not just fighting wars, but they are gaming. When not trading on Wall Street and fighting wars the brokers and generals are gaming in preparation for "the real thing" which is just a way of say "a game that is especially important to us." Our whole lives, human beings are creatures that game: whether it is playing house or playing war we are gaming. And not just human animals; When bear cubs wrestle they are honing skills that they will use when they face the real thing- the game when they must face a challenger of some form. Same with us. We game from childhood until they very end. It's also reasonable to suppose that we game for evolutionary reasons. Creatures that game (whether playing house or war gaming) could arguably have a clear selectional advantage.

"Famous remarks are seldom quoted correctly." -Simeon Strunsky
The six things I could never do without
Really I think this question should be answered by everyone with a list like "Food, Water, Oxygen, etc"...you're probably more resilient (emotionally) than you think you are! You've just probably never had the occasion to really push your limits...and that's a good thing; living the tough life is romanticized a little too much.

But yeah, the six things I could never live without are you know, friends, family, truth, beauty, love, Nintendo, blah blah blah...that sort of stuff, right?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What the world will be like five, ten, twenty years from now. I used to read lots of sci-fi and speculative fiction as a kid, and the best thing about my work is that I get to do the same thing as a "grown-up". We're building the future out here, and I love talking with people about what that will end up being like.

I also spend a lot of time thinking about how to make a positive impact on the world if you're a dirty capitalist. Yes, I have a bit of liberal guilt about starting a business. A part of my soul would perhaps be happier as a social worker or a human rights activist, but that unfortunately didn't up meshing well with my ambitious, lets-make-big-changes side. I do think that businesses built around creating wealth (as opposed to taking wealth from others) effect a big net good change on the world, and are better at actually systematically (and sustainably) changing people's lives than most other options. It's still something I feel I need to be ever-vigilant about.
On a typical Friday night I am
One of the following:
-Hanging out with a big group of people for good food, indie movies or music, and good company.
-Chilling with a buddy over good beer at the bar (the relaxing neighborhood dive-bar, not the pick-up joint).
-Having a bunch of friends over at my place for board games (of the classic and the nouveau geeky European variety) and cooking.
-Working away at the office, because the dream won't build itself.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 21–35
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
You like geeking out about something. Doesn't have to be someone I'm into; I love learning new things! Being really into and knowing a lot about something a little offbeat is super-attractive.

You get along well with warm, earnest people (the dark, brooding type I am not).

Or, you just want to!