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My self-summary
I'm a Canadian, from Toronto, sometimes it comes out in my "out"s. I moved to NY in 2010 to study, and I recently finished my Masters in design from SVA.
What I’m doing with my life
I work with teachers, helping them incorporate interactive technology and physical computing into their lessons. I've been working part time as a teacher for the past decade, teaching design, technology, guitar and piano, tutoring math and science, Hebrew school, and a hardcore summer camp counselor until I was 21.

So my current work is supported by all that teaching experience and my past life in product design and I'm driven by the larger social issue, which is that teachers are so important to society, and they need help to use all the new tools that are available to them.
I’m really good at
I think what I'm best at is simplifying complex problems. Although it means that I am a better fixer than I am sympathizer, I enjoy helping people I care about through problems they are overwhelmed by. In terms of hobbies, I play piano, guitar, and sing. I write plays, poetry, and I have a handful of blogs. I play hockey in a competitive ball hockey league once a week. I take pictures, and I love cooking.
The first things people usually notice about me
I tend to dive deep with people, even if we just met. I can be light and fun, especially when I'm outside in the sun or drinking or in groups, but given the chance I really like to get into personal one-on-one conversations. I just find that I learn a lot about myself and others from opening up. I also have a lot of initiative, and usually am the one establishing contact and suggesting plans.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My favorite movie genres are like thriller crimes with twists (Pulp Fiction, The Usual Suspects, Inception), "what-if?" style comedies (Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Horrible Bosses), and documentaries (Planet Earth, King Corn, Who Killed the Electric Car?). I also love TV shows, comedies and dramas (30 Rock, The Office, The League, New Girl, Dexter, The Sopranos, The Wire).

I discovered I need reading glasses when I was 20 and since then I've been reading like crazy, mostly academic stuff. I love fast-paced fiction (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The DaVinci Code), graphic novels (Watchmen, V for Vendetta), but mostly I read essays, journals, websites and books pertaining to design or I guess anything in the realm of non-fiction.

I like different music depending on my mood. Much of the time I'm in a singer-songwriter mood (She & Him, Bon Iver, Edward Sharpe), but I find myself listening to instrumental music while I read (RJD2, Chopin, Album Leaf), but I also listen to all kinds of rock (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Led Zeppelin, Black Keys), hip-hop (The Weeknd, J-Dilla, Lauryn Hill), soul (Marvin Gaye, Raphael Saadiq, Stevie Wonder), and Indie-folk (Phoenix, Flaming Lips, Simon and Garfunkel).

Oh and food. Most of the meals I buy are sandwiches or Asian food, but I eat a lot at home. And I make a mean spaghetti and meat sauce, all kinds of chicken, pancakes, eggs... I don't eat dairy, and I try to eat healthy substantial food so that affects my food choices a lot, but food's my thing. I eat every day.
Six things I could never do without
I've been to over 30 countries so I could never go long without traveling, which goes hand in hand with not being without my camera. My computer is obviously up there. (I find that I'm nervous to make this list because now if I lose any of these 6 things I'll feel even worse). I couldn't do without my reading glasses (unless there was a Duane Reade around), then I'd just need my credit card.

At a higher level, I need things to inspire me, things to learn from, and things that serve as creative outlets. That, and someone who cares about me nearby.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I immerse myself in reflecting on what I read and on relationships. It's always a surprise to me where my thoughts end up, but ultimately I usually go back to social issues, the design of infrastructural systems, responsible education, the future of technology, and philosophy or psychology. Also, I try my best to embrace the unknowns in relationships, but I do spend a lot of time pondering about the people I care about.
On a typical Friday night I am
I am not very routine based. I may be at the studio late, but if I can avoid it, I'll be hanging out. I've mellowed out recently, very rarely getting hammered. I'd much prefer catching up with friends, going on a movie-date, watching sports at a bar, sitting home stoned with a movie, or at a friends with an X-box.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am an only child, and I was raised with not many people my age around. I did extra-curricular activities 5 days a week, and rarely saw my school-friends outside of school, until I got my own car at 17. As a result I dislike being alone for long periods (although I often am), but I have a wide variety of skills and interests.
You should message me if
I'd be delighted if you'd message me. I always take it as a compliment if nothing else. But please don't take it personally if I don't reply. I'm sometimes unavailable.
If you are going to message me please just don't be like fucking insane or anything because that sucks and I don't like that very much at all.

Here's an awesome list of conversation triggers I came up with if you're the type to overthink it (in order of heaviness):

TV, books, movies, music
Cities and countries
Work and play
Family and friends
Sex, drugs, rock and roll
Schools, jails, hospitals
Politics and religion
Life and death
The two of us