30 Emeryville, United States
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My self-summary
Rolling down the street smoking endo sipping on Kombucha. Big nerd doing data things with internet stuff. Ride bikes. Brew kombucha. Play board games. Go swimming. Travel when possible. Hike. Ski. Cat person. Non monogamous, have a primary partner.
What I’m doing with my life
Web startup shit in San Francisco. Maintaining a gym routine. Hiking and biking and kayaking around the Bay Area. Trying to extend my list of good restaurants. Splitting my reading between good fiction, and super depressing nonfiction. Trying to imagine a fairer and more relaxed society with no firm idea of how to start that process. Lately I've been marveling at how fucked up Oakland politics is, 15 year dog park controversy? Really, now.
I’m really good at
So I've been doing some kind of programming for almost 10 years now and I guess somewhere down the line I got pretty ok at it. People keep offering me more money to keep doing what I'm doing so I guess I'll keep at it. Sometimes I wonder where'd I'd be if I had just toughed it out and stuck with that hand modeling career. I'll just have to live with my decisions.

When I was working on automating remote control helicopters I learned how to fly them. It was pretty useful at the time for what we were doing to have someone close at hand who knew how to fly these things. Buggy, hastily written programs are terrible at safely recovering a helicopter from mistakes that it just made so it was useful to have me take control before it crashed into a wall. Proud to say that I have a perfect record of not crashing expensive helicopters into walls. It wasn't all puppies and rainbows in helicopter land though. One time I was flying a decently sized helicopter (big and loud enough that it is scary to fly inside) out in a windy field in Richmond. The wind was strong enough to make the helicopter blades hit its own body. It flopped to the ground and the battery caught fire, then we ran away. The following day, I graduated from college.

These days I'm principally using my piloting skills to hover small plastic helicopters above the heads of coworkers. No fatalities so far.

I swim about 4 miles per week, and I go on longish bike rides and hikes when I can. When I have the opportunity I like to ski really fast down steep hills.

I'm kind of a beast at strategy games. Don't be intimidated, I like to teach. I'm trying to get better at go (aka baduk / weiqi) and teach more people how to play. It's a very elegant and satisfying game.
The first things people usually notice about me
Is that really your name? No, my name's actually Steve.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: David Graeber's Debt is one of the most interesting books I've read. Really enjoyed the portion of Terry Pratchet's Discworld books that I've read so far. I enjoy most Neal Stephenson books. Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow" is an amazing and heartbreaking book. Ha-Joon Chang writes some pretty cool books about economics. Andy Greenberg's "This Machine Kills Secrets" is an awesome read that could probably be made into several movies.

Movies: "The men who stare at goats" was a great film. Other superb films that I can't recommend strongly enough include "Black Dynamite" and "Pooty Tang."

I've given up trying to maintain a proper music collection, sorry. I've relegated myself to the ghetto of automatic internet radio services to listen to while I work/drive/work out/hang out. I even paid for that google music thing. Generally though, I like various electronic music and hip hop.

Delicious restaurants that I know of include Homeroom, Saysetha, Phat Matt's, Addis, Cafe Colucci, Ramen Underground, Kingdom of Dumpling, and Manpuku.
The six things I could never do without
Old Saturday Night Live references.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Making an open source distributed computational resource sharing system with an integrated currency system. You know, for stuff.

Making things; it would be fun to make things that are tangible. I spend most of my time making ephemeral products. I've got rough plans in my head for a cat wheel (like a hamster wheel, but for my cats). I think I'll need some time with a welder.

How meritocracy is bullshit. It's pretty neat that I find myself with a combination of skills and knowledge that are highly valued by the current whims of the market. But I think I and most others would be way happier if everyone was valued equally as human beings.

Opening up my new restaurant chain "Uncle Nimbus's Chicken Village"
On a typical Friday night I am
Attending Happy hours. Getting dinner with friends. Chilling with my cats and watching anime about bread.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I went to burning man one time and I didn't really care for the part where you had to live in a desert for a week. The art cars were pretty bitching though. When someone makes burning man where you can swim hit me up.
You should message me if
You're cool with non-monogamy

You've got things to tell me that I haven't heard before.

This leaves you mesmerized:

You've got a brilliant idea and you just need a technical co-founder to knock out v1 over the weekend. (please no)