Charlemagne Bolivar: "The usual. Hundreds of grandchildren, utter domination of known space, and the pleasure of hearing that all of my enemies have died in terrible, highly improbable accidents that cannot be connected to me"
- Andromeda, season 2, episode 9, "Into the Labyrinth"
My best attribute are my intelligence, sense of humor, selflessness, rationality, perseverance, emotional stability, and incessant drive for self-improvement. I'm a goth-geek hybrid (think Abby Sciuto from NCIS, but male) and my body mass fluctuates between 55 and 65 kg, but is always pretty much 0% body fat. My basic personality type, in terms of things like submission to authority, in-group preference, and emotional reactivity to noxious stimuli (http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0042366), is libertarian. My political beliefs are quite a bit more complicated.
After a decade of trial and error, I have learned the hard way that the number one predictor of compatibility is COMMUNICATION. You and I can disagree on EVERYTHING else, as long as we agree on this. If I say "DS9 > TNG", it means "DS9 > TNG", not "TNG sucks". When I describe myself as having "obsessive-compulsive tendencies", it just means that I have some personality traits that resemble toned-down versions of OCD symptoms; it does NOT mean that I actually have OCD. When I describe my diet as "mostly vegan", that means "my diet is mostly vegan". It does NOT mean "I only date other vegans" or "I expect the other person in a relationship to cook vegan food for me" or anything else. "Short-term relationship" does not mean "one-night stand".
Yes, those were all things that people have mis-read in my profile or in conversations on this site.
For similar reasons, I think that willingness to explore each others' interests is more important than the number of pre-existing interests that we have in common. Willingness to discuss political or other ideologies, and to change beliefs in light of new information, is more important than similarity of current beliefs.
By the Gods, has this site gone downhill or what? There was a time when I could click a "like" on Quickmatch, then go directly to their profile and write them a message. There was a time when we could write our own questions. We even had a forum. There was a time when... Look, if I've "liked" you but haven't sent you a message, assume that I wanted to but couldn't, and would have said something totally witty that would have shown that I actually read your profile. Like... girl whose profile pic is a top-town view of you sitting in some kind of cockpit. Is that an aircraft? Are you in the military? Is it an F-16 with modernized avionics and a slightly reshaped fuselage, which kicks the F-35's ass on a dollar per dollar basis? Okay that's not witty but it would have at least been a conversation-starter!
If I message you and you're not interested, please send me a message back instead of ignoring me, even if that message is something like "fuck you, you're an asshole". Negative feedback is something that I can take; it tells me how I can improve myself. Ignorance is something that I cannot tolerate.
My all-time favorite hobby is digital video editing. You can see my most recent project at here (unless you're reading this on a phone, in which case GET TO YOUR DAMN COMPUTER). My next video will be either "Failure in Stereo", a radically technically ambitious project in which HD video will be generated from SD sources (specifically, Neon Genesis Evangelion) with no resizing, or a more traditional project using footage from Lost Girl and the song "Loves me Not" by t.A.T.y.
I've been told that I'm an excellent mixologist. I also have a fondness for mixing drinks in large batches, which requires a lot of imperial-to-metric conversion. I once got into an argument over how many fluid ounces are in a shot. If you want to know how your chemistry teacher likes to party on the weekends, I can show you.
I can take uncooked, not-ready-to-eat items from a grocery store and convert them to an edible form without burning the kitchen down. I don't consider this to be a particularly impressive skill and I never attempt anything complicated, but my friends and roommates have all told me that I'm an awesome cook. I also don't trust dishwashers, and if a dish or eating utensil needs to be cleaned, I will do it manually. I suspect that I will make a great housewife some day.
NCIS - A bunch of cops and forensic scientists solve homicide cases
Bones - a team of scientists and one cop solve homicide cases
Perception - a schizophrenic college teacher helps his cop friend solve crimes related to mental illness.
Lost Girl - a bisexual succubus decides to become a freelance detective and help her werewolf cop boyfriend solve supernatural mysteries.
iZombie - a psychic zombie helps the police solve homicide cases by eating the brains of the deceased and absorbing their memories
Defiance - Main character becomes the sheriff of a town populated by humans and 5 different species of aliens and solves alien-related crimes while his adopted alien daughter gets caught up in alien-related mysteries
Once Upon a Time - Main character becomes the sheriff of a town populated entirely by fairy-tale characters, and finds some mysteries to solve.
Gotham - detective Jim Gordon joins the Gotham PD and promises to solve the Wayne murder case
Continuum - a cop from the future travels back in time to the present day, joins the Vancouver PD, and helps them fight time-traveling terrorists. Time-travel-related mysteries ensue.
Helix - a bunch of scientists from the CDC travel to various places, get their epidemiology on, and find that not all of the mysteries they encounter are disease-related. Oh, and a local sheriff shows up at one point.
I don't see any pattern starting to emerge here... do you? ;P
Also, I want to know where I can buy DJ Muffin's "Pruzhinki" album, which most people know as the album of t.A.T.y. + Rammstein mashups. If you know where I can buy this album, please tell me!
I have a tendency to develop temporary obsessions with obscure subjects. One week, it'll be cladistics; the next, cymatics; and then I'll move on to signal-processing and interpolation. I've been described as an "encyclopedia of useless information" because I never stop learning. Do you know why quarters and dimes have reeded edges? Did you even know that those lines were called reeding?
On Facebook, someone posted an article about the possibility of "starivores" - space-dwelling organisms that eat stars. My response was "Wouldn't the correct term be stellavore (latin) or astrophage (greek)?" Yes, I'm a linguistics nerd too.
Warp 5 would actually be 6.3 times the speed of light
Warp 6 would be 8.7c
Warp 7 would be 12.4c
Warp 8 would be almost 20c
Warp 9 would be almost 40c (get to Alpha Centauri in only 5 weeks!)
Warp 9.5 would be over 80c
Warp 9.9 would be over 400c. While this sounds fast, it's still 4 days to alpha centauri
The log curve can be expressed in many different ways, like y ≈ 21.854 - 21.854*lg(10-x), but the results are even slower than those on the tangent curve: warp 9.9 would give you 43.7c instead of 400c. So basically all the warp numbers that we're given on Star Trek are bullshit. And this is how I like to spend Fridays.
- You can humor my lab coat fetish. This is not a joke, I have an actual folder on my computer dedicated to pictures of women in lab coats.
- Some people have a "type". I am one of those people. Rachel Leigh Cook, Keegan Connor Tracy, Sarah Wayne Callies, Ariel Winter, etc. are my "type". I don't expect you to be of this type, but if you are... well, you'd basically own me.
Note: if you bother identifying yourself as a Feminist in your profile, I WILL ask what wave you are. If you're one of the Paglia/Sommers/Ali feminists, great! If you're one of the Solanas/Greer/Dworkin/Sarkeesian feminists, well, that's a batshit crazy religion and I generally don't get along well with batshit crazy religious people. Note that the ideology itself is not necessarily a deal-breaker; rather, it is a brown M&M. And just like with the "35 Years" video, if you're unable to click on that link because you're on a smartphone, then get to a real computer because it's an awesome story. Also, if you think a global temperature increase of one kelvin over the next hundred years is some kind of catastrophic scenario with the potential to wipe out humanity, you might be a member of a batshit crazy religion. Tumblrweeds and social justards will also be treated as brown M&Ms.