37 Palo Alto, United States
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My self-summary
I am a quiet sensible guy. If anything I'm boring, and don't like people all that much. I know way too many things... from how to solve a rubic's cube, through to a bizarre variety of paper plane designs.

I'm the type of person that would prefer a rainy afternoon sitting in front of the fireplace reading a good book, or solving a particularly interesting puzzle. However, I do like walking (hiking) about, and don't do it nearly enough as I'd like.

I am fractal, anatidaephobic, and Lagrangian
What I’m doing with my life
I'm in the process of starting a business. It involves writing software, so I'm in front of the keyboard typing away a large fraction of the time. If I'm not doing that, then I am pacing round in circles thinking about what exactly to do next. This unfortunately, leaves very little time for anything else. (Which is why I deliberately have not uploaded a photo here. There is no point getting too many matches right now.)
I’m really good at
I'm really good at right-brained things like math, physics, and computer science. Unfortunately, this means I can out-nerd nearly anyone. These extreme powers tend to be used for good instead of evil though.

I can be extremely funny from time to time. However, the drawback is that the humour tends to involve obscure high-brow stuff like Austin Powers movies. Having to explain jokes leads to the inverse problem of superlative unfunniness.
The first things people usually notice about me
Apparently, I'm smart.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I have too many Stephen Baxter books, and wish they didn't all have depressing endings. Greg Egan is a nice author as well, but his characterizations aren't quite as strong.

I used to read non-fiction books for fun. However, I haven't had quite so much time recently, so I don't read them nearly as much as I used to. (Browsing the pages for obscure chemical compounds on wikipedia is just too addictive.)

I'm not exactly a movie buff... but do like the common ones you'll see mentioned in most people's profiles.

Music is a different story. I listen mostly to a collection built from the hitlist from a certain Australian radio station. It plays all sorts of things some good, some bad. However, it tends to find good new artists before anyone else does. The result is I listen to stuff a few years before it hits the main stream.

I cook. Usually in a boring way... I am a guy after all. However, I am not a vegetarian, and would not consider being with someone who is. Been there, done that. Sorry. If you're nice, I will cook for you quite often and would like to actually make the things I like to eat.
The six things I could never do without
higgs bosons
self-referential statements like this one.

Yes, this is a stupidly silly answer. However, I've picked myself up and jumped all around the world so many times now that all the important things for me just exist in my head. I can recreate them whenever I wish, I guess.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The nature of reality. Unfortunately, most people tend not to understand octonionic tensor fields so this is problematic. Studying the nature of time and space was once part of my job description...

Philosophical discussions of moral or economic systems are also entertaining.

If you want to talk about the weather, prepare for Hadley cells.
On a typical Friday night I am
At home watching TV or a movie, reading, or programming on my software. I don't drink, and find the bar scene extremely boring, so you'll rarely find me out and about. When I do it tends to be a special occasion of some sort or another.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Chess makes me shiver.
You should message me if
You really like the test I've made. (Or if you've spotted an error in it.)

The translation for the results from the "difficult math test" is:

Mathematical Novice: Grade School Math
Mathematical Apprentice: High School Math
Mathematical Expert: College Math
Mathematical Genius: Grad-School Math
Mathematical God: Post-Doc (research level) Math

The average person taking it is meant to get around 50% of the questions correct.

Other than that, you should probably message me if you are intellectual in some way or another. However, if your only topic of conversation is 19th century French poetry, then I may just bring up Groundhog Day.