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28 M Mountain View, CA

My Details

Last Online
Jul 4
5′ 11″ (1.80m)
Body Type
Strictly other
Atheism, but not too serious about it
Relationship Status
Relationship Type
Strictly monogamous
Doesn’t have kids, but wants them
English (Fluently)

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My self-summary
I enjoy understanding new things and using logical & musical creativity under time pressure. I love chatting about common interests and new things learned.

I studied mathematical optimization in school and can still be nerd sniped (XKCD) by an interesting problem.

I like playing music. I learned classical piano and cello as a kid and now I relax by playing pop/jazz styles on the piano, because I like the freedom to improvise and create your own arrangements.

I enjoy entertainment most in a cosy environment with a small group or alone, so for movies and music I'll usually watch or listen at home. When going out I like nature (parks, beaches, light hiking, etc.). Indoor rock climbing is fun because it turns exercise into a puzzle game.
What I’m doing with my life
I moved here recently to work as a software engineer for a tech startup. Before that I was a mathematics student. I'm mainly looking for a relationship, but my close friends are mostly out east, so I wouldn't mind making some in this area too.

I like working because the product I work on is useful, and I think that's one way to improve the world. I sometimes miss doing research, so I might try that again in a few years.
I’m really good at
- Math & Computer Science, especially contests in either. (I was on the contest teams in university.)
- Music. Piano mostly, and I was lucky enough to develop absolute pitch as a kid.
- Set & Dominion. I like other card & board games too but these are easily my favourites. I've also designed a Set variant.
- Noticing typos in writing or programming.
- Saying silly things seriously that get interpreted as jokes. (I don't mind.)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music: Some examples: pop (Ikimono Gakari, David Bowie's Low era, Fripside, Pet Sounds), musical soundtracks (Disney songs, My Fair Lady, Jane Eyre), genres with instrumental hooks (certain metal, Eurobeat), movie/game soundtracks (Inception, Chrono Trigger), jazz (Keith Jarrett), classical (Bach).

Movies: Spirited Away, Before Sunset, Frozen, first bit of Wall-E are favourites. I'll try anything with good reviews and don't usually re-watch movies.

Books: I read mostly non-fiction: for example, Moonwalking with Einstein, The Pixar Touch, Masters of Doom. I find myself reading a lot of pop psychology and anthropology lately.

Food: Dark chocolate, kidney beans, brocolli, cheese, anything spicy (especially indian food). My weak sense of smell means I have no appreciation of subtle flavours, but the silver lining is that I like most food (but I eat gluten-free because I'm allergic).

Video games: Every 3D Mario, Chrono Trigger
Podcasts: New Yorker Out Loud, 99% Invisible
Casual interests: Economics, game design, UI design
The six things I could never do without
- Improvising on the piano when emotionally moved (such as after a good movie).
- Wrapping my head around math/algorithm problems.
- Explaining something interesting to somebody who's interested.
- The moment with a song or album where I can have it on loop and not get tired of it.
- When I finally "get" something when learning it.
- Earplugs when sleeping.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
- How to make efficient use of resources, and how specific ideas can be generalized.
- Whatever catchy tune is on my mind at the moment.
- What I'd say about what I'm doing or just did if I were talking to someone. My inner monologue is often active.
- How our surroundings and culture shape our actions, values, and lives.
- What the world might be like in 100 years.
- Which skills can only be acquired in early childhood. (I know only two.)
On a typical Friday night I am
Exercising, playing piano, chatting with friends and family, or browsing the internet while listening to music.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a weak sense of smell so I'm a little worried about accidentally drinking or eating something that has gone bad.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 21–31
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating
You should message me if want to chat, have music/movies/books/podcast suggestions, or want a belay partner.