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My self-summary
I'm a computer programmer with a vicious sarcastic streak and a penchant for fine Scotch. When not creating awesome feats of software engineering, I moonlight as a bassist.

I grew up overseas and have traveled all over the world. I intend to make it to all 7 continents at some point in my life (5 down, 2 to go). I've learned snippets of a handful of languages and often secretly worry that the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis might be true, which motivates learning more languages.

I've lectured on artificial intelligence systems at a major international conference (twice!) and am a soon-to-be-published author on the same subject. I find the idea of the technological singularity fascinating and often secretly worry that it won't happen in my lifetime, which motivates doing more AI research.
What I’m doing with my life
By day, I work for a rather large video game studio I'd rather not name just yet. In my spare time I'm actively working on creating a new open-source programming language.
I’m really good at
computer programming, or basically anything mathematical or technological. But I can hold my own in a good conversation on philosophy, religion, politics, science, culture, history, and any number of other topics that I've found interesting over the years.

Also, if ever I find myself in a venue where I can actually use my bass amp (grrr apartment complex anti-noise rules) I will totally blast your face off.
The first things people usually notice about me
I can adapt to virtually any situation at the drop of a hat.

After having encountered so many different cultures, settings, and people in my life, it's extremely hard to make me feel out of place. I'm often selected to act as impromptu ambassador between people of highly differing backgrounds or viewpoints.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: anything by Douglas Hofstadter, anything by Douglas Adams, anything by J.R.R. Tolkien, anything by James Gleick, most stuff by Malcolm Gladwell, anything by Kim Stanley Robinson, The German Genius, just about any decent biography of an interesting person.

Movies: anything cerebral and challenging; or anything with a really good director of photography. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and The Fifth Element. Ip Man, Shaolin Soccer, and The Veteran. Following, The Boondock Saints, and Pi. Primer, A Scanner Darkly, and Ong-Bak. Ghost in the Shell has a special place in my heart since I'm bizarrely fascinated by the idea of uploading my brain into the internet.

Shows: Firefly, Dollhouse, Futurama, Six Feet Under, Weeds, The IT Crowd, and the occasional bit of Battlestar Galactica.

Music: Astral Projection, Shpongle, Entheogenic, Vibrasphere, Kick Bong, Hallucinogen, Brian Transeau, Marco Torrance, Metallica (older stuff mostly), Skindred, 10 Years, As I Lay Dying, RHCP, anything with Victor Wooten or Jaco Pastorius, anything by Bach, and of course you can't go wrong with Antonin Dvorak.

Food: Thai (but only fairly authentic stuff. I'm biased against "fusion" and Americanized Asian food), anything involving cheese or bacon, pasta of any form, pizza, and New Mexican (bonus points if you know the difference between that and Tex/Mex).
Six things I could never do without
1. Intellectual stimulation. Being mentally bored is among the most horrible sensations ever. Thankfully, I have a pretty active imagination, so that's a rare thing.

2. A working compiler (language is basically unimportant; I can adapt). Being able to write code goes a long way towards contributing towards point #1.

3. Red basil. Fortunately, this is one of the few places in the country where that's easy to acquire in a decent state of freshness.

4. My bass guitar. Few things are as simultaneously relaxing and invigorating as busting out a really hardcore riff.

5. Psychopharmaceuticals. Long story.

6. Gas stoves. It makes me terrifically sad that I don't actually have one at the moment, because it makes properly frying things much more difficult.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Neurophysiology (and neuropathology) occupies a lot of my brain. Pun possibly intended.

I also like to ponder what it would take to realistically colonize space within my lifetime.
On a typical Friday night I am
roaming the wilds of the greater Seattle area, preying upon hapless pizzas and beer. Or maybe jamming out with some fellow musicians. Or maybe both.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I once tried to ride my bicycle like a surfboard. True story.
You should message me if
You have a Husky or a Malamute that I can kidnap.
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