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My self-summary
I'm a constant learner and software geek that values curiosity, independence, wisdom, health, integrity and creativity.
What I’m doing with my life
I work at Microsoft and spend my days thinking and building
software for what we call data scientists and a surprising amount
of time communicating with the team to get the right things

I train in HapKiDo twice a week and have been doing this for some time. I love that it keeps me fit and is also intellectually engaging (I've never been a member of a gym). Yes, I have abs.

Occasionally I attend or volunteer at a high performance driving event. It’s been a blast learning to get better at car control and it’s a surprisingly deep area that is more subtle that you might first expect.

On Saturday mornings you'll find me at the farmers' market hunting for good food and good eggs. I cook quite a lot and enjoy rustic even though I have a copy of Nathan's Modernist Cuisine.

Some other random things I've done:

Presented to 300+ people with orange hair.

Moved countries.

Climbed an ice wall on an Alaskan glacier.

Gone 145 mph through a corner on a motorcycle on the track. I no longer have a motorcycle and swapped it for a convertible, which is much lower risk and avoids the whole helmet hair issue. Convertible hair looks much better. Yes, actually Seattle is a great place for a convertible. Ask me about it if you are not convinced.

Danced in the desert while the DJ booth spewed fireballs and lasers lit a plane above that stretched for miles.

Trained with someone who did a long fight scene with Bruce Lee.

Shipped code to millions.

Had a rooster named after me.
I’m really good at
Learning. I surprised a lot of ski instructors by the rate I picked it up. In the end I did seven days but after Whistler and blue levels, I just did not think it was worth all the gear and effort.

Analytical thinking.

Fixing things. Yes, I know it’s a cliché but I did spend a lot of time growing up in Dad’s garage and hence have some basic skills.

Getting to know people deeply. I tend to have fewer people I know but I know them really well.

Cooking. Well I know basic principles and and knock just about any recipe out as well as wing it a bit.
The first things people usually notice about me
I've been told I'm calm even when everything around me is not, that I look a bit like Liam Neeson and I still have an Australian accent, although not one as broad as some enjoy. The humor tends to follow a bit later.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Dan Dennett is a favorite and I'm currently reading his "Inside Jokes - Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind". Jonathon Haidt is a great read, as is Alain de Botton. Sitting on my table I have a book on hadoop (geek thing), Flourish, Braintrust (unread), The Price of Civilization & Why We Get Fat. I've enjoyed Nudge, The Camera, Predictably Irrational, Emotional Design, A Pattern language and many many others. The nature of humans and design both interest me a lot and I get to apply a lot of what I have learnt in my work. I just started A General Theory of Love and I'm enjoying it so far.

I don't read much fiction. Hunter S Thompson is interesting.

As for TV I catch Top Gear and The Daily Show on the U-tubes but generally don't watch.

I do appreciate a well-crafted movie such as The Seven Samurai, Up (I have a soft spot for computer animation as the technical aspects hold me as well as the movie itself), Blade Runner, Chinatown, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, 12 Monkeys, Stranger Than Fiction, those by miyazaki ... well anything that makes you think or laugh or maybe both. I just discovered that the follow up to Helvetica and Objectified, called Urbanized, is coming out and this is one I want to see.
Six things I could never do without
Fresh ideas.
Creating useful things.
The Interwebs.
Great food.
Close friends.
Choices in life.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
A lot of things. I have an analytical mind and love learning, including experiential learning. Lately it's how you manage incubation and particularly how you do that in a large company. Other topics include the nature of morals and where they come from (and the answer is definitely not some supernatural entity), and of course relationships, which brought me here. I love that this site is using machine learning to match. Have you seen their blog on data analysis?
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably cooking something very tasty. Maybe braised lamb shanks. The stereo is on and if it's warm I'm probably in bare feet and having fun discussions. Or I might be out having those discussions over great food.
You should message me if
You think we could have an interesting conversation.

I like but am alergic to cats, so if you have a cat you should probably skip unless it's just for friendship.
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