Ailouros
40 Portland, United States
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My self-summary
Tall, dark, and kind self-admitted geek. I teach computers at a small liberal arts college. I’m pretty liberal, but at the same time very individualistic. Introverted, but an introvert who genuinely loves people. Culturally Jewish, but really an atheist at heart. I'm finally back in Portland after a three-year absence!

Looking for someone to with whom to bike, discuss interesting ideas, and otherwise plot nefarious plans. I have a mischievous sense of humor; I've been known to anagram signs, to leave silly stickers in restaurants’ menus, and to get library books signed (to the library itself) by the authors before returning them. And I believe in regularly doing things that terrify me—I’ve done the annual World Naked Bike Ride four times now.
What I’m doing with my life
College professor! I teach computer science and artificial intelligence. This is what I love to do, most in the world. I’m a tough professor, but I do silly things to temper that—like giving my students bonus haiku-writing questions on their finals. My research involves teaching computers to automatically identify mouse vocalizations, in order to give biologists better tools to understand and treat mental disorders.

Outside of work, I volunteer at the Humane Society. It's important to me to try to treat others well, and that includes animals.
I’m really good at
I commute by bike, so I’m in pretty good shape. I'm also pretty good at anything left-brained, but you have to be to do what I do for a living.

Something I’m really bad at: faces. I am genuinely, honestly, face-blind. It’s genetic—my dad’s the same way. I can recognize people I know well, but finding someone I’ve only seen in a photo in a crowded bar is almost impossible for me. (It also means that if I’ve looked at your profile multiple times, it’s probably because I didn’t recognize your picture and needed some context to remember you.)
The first things people usually notice about me
Some of my students think I look like Kylo Ren. Or maybe it’s the goatee that means I’m from the evil parallel universe?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I tend toward sci fi and fantasy—but stories that really have something interesting to say. Sci fi done right gives you a mirror to understand people. Sci fi done wrong...gives you Syfy. Ugh.

• Books: A Song of Ice and Fire, Startide Rising, The Anubis Gates, A Night in the Lonesome October, The Kingkiller Chronicle, Brightsided
• Movies: The Big Lebowski, The Secret of NIMH, Serenity, The Muppet Movie
• Shows: 30 Rock, Doctor Who, The Muppet Show, Game of Thrones, and almost anything by Joss Whedon.
• Music: REM, Fleetwood Mac, Dire Straits, Tori Amos, Yehuda Poliker
• Foods: sushi & red wine!
The six things I could never do without
I’m usually on a book or computer of some type. My family and friends are also really important, and my kitties too. (They keep me grounded.) Finally, I love Portland, and I’ve given a lot to be here.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
• Ways to create more mischief.
• Ways to teach computers well.
• Ways to add a little more strangeness to the world.
On a typical Friday night I am
Either out with friends, or bicycling, reading, or traveling on my own.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I once spilled boiling water on a Girl Scout. It was an accident, and she wasn’t hurt. I was still mortified.
You should message me if
It’s a very rare woman who’s brave enough to make the first move. So instead, why don’t I tell you why you should respond if I wrote you?

I’m extremely intelligent and literate. I’m tall, and many women think I’m cute. I value kindness, and I know how to treat people (and animals) well. I make enough money to live in comfort, yet my job still lets me live on my own schedule. And I if I wrote you, it means that I really saw a possible connection, and I took some time to fashion a personal message. It’d make my day to get a response.
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