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My self-summary
Picture a blindfolded monkey throwing dartboards at a dart; that sums up my planning process for downtime. Some time ago, a few friends and I made a month trip to Japan. The extent of our planning for this trip? "Umm, let's just hop from hostel to hostel for a month." And that became our best trip ever!

Thanks to this approach to life, I have an odd mess of hobbies that I rotate as my obsession du jour. The only common theme is that I tend to personalize everything I do: I mod my own paintball guns, I design my own board games, the list goes on. So if I'm interested, you will be further customized to my liking;)
What I’m doing with my life
After undergrad at MIT, I joined Google in California. I then decided I wanted my PhD so I took some time away to finish up at Columbia. Having fallen in love with the city, I am now working at Amazon here.

I rotate through a fairly random collection of hobbies: I got my blue in brazilian jiu-jitsu before stopping for a shoulder injury, which led to starting muay-thai. I paintball regularly when on the west coast, I go whitewater rafting when I can (which isn't much in NY), and I'm a SDK go player.

These days I'm getting pretty serious about designing board games (I just got my first one published and in stores! Always looking for playtesters for my up-and-comings).
I’m really good at
I've been told I'm good at telling stories. Really, having funny stories is just a result of bad judgement and trolls for friends.
The first things people usually notice about me
If it's a friend I haven't seen in awhile, they either notice how tan I look because they live in New York and are seeing me come back from California, or how pale I look because they live in California and are seeing me come back from New York.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Favorite authors: George R.R. Martin, Dan Brown, John Grisham, RA Salvatore, Robert Jordan.

Interesting reads, but irritating people: Orson Scott Card, Ayn Rand.

Favorite movies: The Dark Knight, The Usual Suspects, Iron Man, The Thomas Crown Affair, Memento, The Matrix, The Illusionist, Under the Red Hood

Favorite anime: Death Note, Berserk, Kenshin, FMP Fumoffu, Hajime no Ippo, Hikaru no Go, Kare Kano (Yeah, I liked a girly anime. We're allowed one.)

TV series I'm currently watching: House of Cards, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Battle Bots, Mr Robot, various Netflix series

Eating out: Brazilian BBQ, Korean BBQ, and any and all Japanese

Ordering in: Thai food

Cooking at home: Tenderloin with a pinot noir
Six things I could never do without
1) My nook and e-library
2) Custom-made gadgets that I know are one-of-a-kind
3) Cast-iron and marble cookware, none of that teflon junk for me
4) Good sex (they say guys shouldn't mention sex, but if you've read this far in you're already interested, so I can say whatever I want now)
5) Good friends and family
6) Self-referential filler items.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Hmm, I think if I had a single, consistent answer to this question, my mind would be an awfully dull place to have to spend all my time in. Instead I present a collection of the kinds of random thoughts that have floated through my brain in the past:

- This scar turns red when I drink; I have my own built-in breathalyzer!
- Muffin tops really are the best part. Hey, if I had an oven in a zero-G environment, I could make muffin balls from suspended batter that were ALL muffin top. I need to inform NASA of this...
- Wow, I own way too much unnecessary electronic gadgetry.
- Would pikachu taste better served hot-pot style or as a burger?
- Where did this bruise come from? (Given some of the activities I engage in, this was inevitable...)
On a typical Friday night I am
Either still hard at work, or I'm out at the bar or playing video or board games with my buddies. New York has bars where you can do all of the above... gotta love the city:P

If I don't feel like leaving the apartment, I'll probably invite some friends over for dinner and movies or board games.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Isn't anything I write here on this public forum by definition one of the least private things about me?

pri-vate, [prahy-vit] (adjective)
- not publically expressed

I suppose what people really want to know is the most embarassing thing I'm willing to admit. Unfortunately, I really don't have much of a sense of shame, so that's pretty tough too.

I could tell you about the time I showed some locals in Osaka what being an American is all about by getting kicked out of an all-you-can-eat BBQ for eating too much.

Or the time I got a bloody nose via collision with another guy's cup in a jiu-jitsu match (who feels the need to protect his balls with a solid steel cup anyway?)

Or the time I invited a homeless guy up for dinner and he robbed me and ran off while I was cooking (fortunately, it takes more than that to turn me into a cynic)

But clearly I don't consider any of that to be private.
You should message me if
You want to go see some of the shows the city has to offer, I really need to take advantage of being in NYC more :)

You can suggest a new sport or hobby I'd probably become obsessed with for a few months. Or a new author or TV or anime series I'd like. Or a new board game. While not a requirement, having at least some nerd-cred goes a long way.

You want to join a playtest for my next upcoming boardgame. (This moves you to the front of the line, but if that's the first thing we do, then we're probably in the 'just friends' space :P)

People seem to like to list their pet peeves here, but I don't really have any. Getting me interested is more about showing me what's cool about you than worrying about what annoying traits to avoid.
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