36 Berkeley, CA
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My self-summary
I think OKC was wrong to call out Brendan Eich. Shame on you!

I'm a somewhat geeky guy who is also very creative. I earned a BS in engineering and 1/3 of an MFA in art, which I try to use for Good. I'm a big believer in the power of design.

I'm a very hard worker and an information sponge with a terrible memory. I won't retain a fact unless I can a place for it in the framework of things I already know. I'm also one of the more rational people you'll meet, except when it comes to talking about things that I think are beautiful.

Full disclosure: I'm married and in an open relationship and I'm also interested in meeting new friends through OKC. I enjoy learning from other people and sharing insights and experiences.

I've become more interested recently in developing deep relationships outside of marriage and finding partners who would be more like family than acquaintances. To have more people to share life with sounds wonderful.

I'm the baby daddy to a beautiful boy to whom I give a lot of my time and attention. I'm still able to meet people because my wife is awesome, but my activities need to be planned in advance. I put a lot of value on reliability and I ask that my friends and acquaintances do what they say they'll do when they say they'll do it.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm using technology to build stronger communities.

In my free time I always have some sort of personal project going on. These range from art projects to car work to computer programming. I also enjoy sports (soccer, biking up and down the Berkeley hills), reading, and traveling. Actually, scratch the last one. I think I'm done with traveling.
I’m really good at
- Explaining things that I know something about.
- Admitting when I'm wrong or I don't know.
- Apologizing for my mistakes.
- Working hard and getting shit done.
The first things people usually notice about me
I tend to be quiet but confident. (Which may be a nice way to say that I'm awkward around people I don't know well.)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I go through phases where I'll try to read everything I can about a particular subject. Here are some favorites from the past few years: anything by Michael Lewis (Liar's Poker, The Big Short, The Blind Side, Moneyball), The Omnivore's Dilemma, The Killing Star, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World.

I don't see many films now but a few of my favorites are Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation, Juno, Moulin Rouge, and Inception. Inception blew my mind.

I don't have very discriminating taste buds but I do enjoy many types of food. My most memorable gastronomic experience was eating delicious and cheap Thai food from carts in Bangkok.

Does anyone else think this is the least helpful profile section?
The six things I could never do without
Empathy allows us to imagine another's experiences without having to have those experiences ourselves. A great deal of the world's problems are caused by a lack of it.

Curiosity drives me to learn about how things work. It's surprising how often knowledge outside my field of work or study becomes relevant.

Beauty makes things worth creating. I hope to make something, someday, that's so beautiful, functional, and impactful that people will be better for having seen/experienced it.

Computers and networks, through which I will change the world.

Family and friends can be counted on for support whenever I need it.

That's only five. I ran out.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
On a typical Friday night I am
Exhausted. And glad to have survived another week.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit told me that I like country music. My desk is a mess. I have too many bikes and one of them makes me feel a little bit guilty.
You should message me if're spectacular and funny and you think we'd be good friends. Big bonus if you live nearby. What I'm looking for, truly, is to find people who I connect with. I tend to get along really well only with a small subset of people but those are the relationships that I value most and want more of.

If you have an interest in any of the following, we'll probably have something to talk about: technology, art/design/photography, films, applied philosophy, auto maintenance, how to make the world a better place, snow sports, hiking, and tennis.

P.S., I think big brains are super sexy.