Maxalander
30 Somerville, United States
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My self-summary
An introvert who loves to be social, a liberal arts student that went into science, and an urbanite that misses the forest... all walk into a bar...

Weirdo seeking compatible weirdo.
What I’m doing with my life
I work as a bioinformatics engineer, writing software that will help cope with the huge piles of biological data that scientists are producing in search of things like cancer cures or ecological insight. I focused on AI in my computer science degree, but after graduating I realized that all the funding for AI research is to make military deathbots even smarter- which would not be the best motivator.

I've lived in the general Camberville area for six years, and love the place to bits. ...Hadn't counted that up before I wrote this just now, actually, and now I feel really old.

Oftentimes am found at goth or burner events. Being a strange hippie is an important part of my life; I've never been to That Thing in the Desert, but *maybe this year*.
I’m really good at
Programming, and various kinds of hacking in the constructive sense.

Used to think I'd work as a writer, since everyone told me my fiction writing was pretty good. Then I got to college and found I had no interest whatsoever in English classes, and wound up going down altogether different paths. I still have a novel or two living in my head that I may try to get out eventually. To free up space, if nothing else.

I play classical/celtic guitar. Its almost to the point where I could play in public without feeling like a nuisance.

I'm told I'm a good dancer, but I'm not sure I believe this.
The first things people usually notice about me
My height. Or that I'm smirking for no discernible reason.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Ringworld, Culture series, Craft Cycle, Ancillary series, Anathem, Iron Council, American Gods, Discworld, Aurorarama

Guardians of the Galaxy, LoTR, Run Lola Run, the Martian

Star Trek TNG, Sherlock, Legend of Korra

Kaminanda, Mother Mother, C418, Beats Antique, David Bowie (sniff), Ochre

Sushi, saag paneer, strawberries, Belgian stout.

Skyrim, Dwarf Fortress, Stellaris, Banner Saga, Kerbal Space Program, Crusader Kings II, King of Dragon Pass

"A Neural Algorithm of Artistic Style", "NP-complete Problems and Physical Reality", "The Theory of Interstellar Trade"

Python, Haskell, C++

Existentialism, virtue ethics, Buddhist psychology, social liberalism, feminism
The six things I could never do without
I make do without a sonic screwdriver, so apparently anything is dispensable.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
New scientific discoveries (I read science news semi-obsessively); how to get some programming/technical project to work; what to do the coming evening; what to write or draw; what to have for lunch; what to wear; how blue the sky is; how blue the sky isn't; the practicalities of space travel; the incalculable nature of cats; whether I've reached my daily caffeine limit; why I'm propositioned by bisexual guys so often; what book to read next, what game to play next; how much another cup of coffee would throw my biorhythms; what it would mean if P = NP; where all the time/cookies/people went; what the next blockbuster cellphone app will be; why we can't all just get along already; where my towel is; how to stop global warming; brains; Kerbal Space Program transorbital trajectories; whether my black shirt matches my black pants; realist versus subjectivist theories of ethics; the latest weird deep learning trick; whether the Ten Principles of Burning Man could form a coherent political ideology; how a post-labor economy would function; did I leave the coffee machine on; how to build a better bus-tracking app; what is a person; what did I waste all that afternoon doing; etc.

I have a smidgen of ADD.
On a typical Friday night I am
Either fighting the week's fatigue while at a party or being inexplicably wakeful until 3AM while in bed reading.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Despite all the hopes and fears I've collected in life, I recently found myself struggling against a novel, insidiously sedative force- contentment.

In the past few months national affairs have dramatically reduced this problem.
You should message me if
You should! Defying outdated traditional gender roles by proactively initiating potentially-romantic contact is sexy.
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