30 Portland, United States
Join today
Find great matches with our advanced matching system!
Join today
Find great matches with our advanced matching system!
My self-summary
Do you feel a deep ethical pull to try and provide as much information as possible to aid someone's decisionmaking process on these things?

Do you look at a form or social protocol and immediately get flattened by the need to subvert it at any cost?

Do you wish it was okay to create a series of parallel OKC profiles tailored separately to different audiences and to cultivating different sorts of desired relationships?

Do you pause over OKC's gender option and twist yourself in knots trying to weigh whether to focus on how you feel internally (a bose-einstein gender condensate, thanks for asking) versus how you're privileged/situated externally?
What I’m doing with my life
I'm always going to study physics, work as an activist, and write. In these I am focused on impact rather than trappings of success. But I have seen a bit of of both.

Meanwhile I currently freelance as a programmer to make rent. It's a lot of meh.
I’m really good at
I wanted to be a physicist since I was a wee homeless child and my room is still filled with textbooks and a large whiteboard. But all I get fame and praise for these days is my writing on philosophy and social issues. It's kinda horrifying to phrase it as though all I'm clearly good at is writing think pieces.

I really wish I could get away with replacing my profile here with essays on love, sex, relationships, psychology, communication, desires, etc.

So yeah, suffice to say I'm hella nerd-culture in the sense of having an insatiable hunger for meta-insight, and hella geek-culture in the sense of unapologetically caring about things beyond propriety. I sadly occupy a liminal space where my charm and social skills are viewed with alienated suspicion by those who share my underlying values, and everyone else is like "uh, you seemed cool but honestly we want to just chill, not chatter about ideas."

And, heh, if that's not sufficient sticking point, stuff like having once dodged 7.5 years for "criminal conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism" is likely to scare away whoever's left.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I used to be a partisan of new wave science fiction like Ursula K Le Guin and Samuel R Delany. At some point I betrayed them and cast my lot in with future-shock writers like Ken Macleod and Charlie Stross. But I most dearly love those writers like Ted Chiang and Iain Banks that straddle the gulf between both camps. That said, I learned to read with a battered copy of Jurassic Park as a child and it remains my favorite book.

I guess my long-lasting fandoms are: Star Wars, Babylon 5, Firefly, Steven Universe, & the good ship #Korrasami. I currently have very good feelings about Sense8. Beyond that, well, I grew up in a 2nd-wave-feminist bubble -- forbidden from watching any popular media -- so naturally I've made a point to be highly fluent in huge array of films and shows.

These days I listen to a lot of Taylor Swift, Grimes, Lovers Electric, and Chvrches. I like a lot of post-rock too. And I've had longstanding affinities for The Mountain Goats, Crooked Still, Jimmy Eat World, The Goo Goo Dolls, The Taxpayers, and Ike Reilly.

Burritos play a critical role in my life. I make a mean ratatouille and eat indian food on my birthday. I think we should burn down slaughterhouses and support vegan businesses, but I don't think individual consumer choices are ethically relevant as long as the state subsidizes animal products against falling demand and Safeway orders the same amount regardless of what's bought. ...Seems like we moved from talking about burritos to talking about arson pretty quickly didn't we? Well in Germany I once tried to order a burrito from a mexican restaurant and it came with *mayonnaise* in it.
The six things I could never do without
1. My exocortex.
2. My bestie.
3. Hot showers (my replacement for caffeine).
4. My dry erase board.
5. Rain (I'm a native Portlander).
6. Avocados.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
All the academic fields that I haven't devoured yet.

Analytic philosophy, ethics, politics, sociology. Interpersonal power dynamics and the future of spacetime. Feminism, queer theory, social justice, critical race theory, etc and the flows of internet discourse. The current technical/strategic landscape in the cypherpunk war. The current ideological/memetic and social landscape of radical politics (leftist, postleftist, and libertarian). Is this the appropriate place to bury the word "anarchism" for people's searches? Voltairine is my spirit animal.

I wake up each morning with a light nagging anxiety about a different sub-realm of knowledge that I haven't sufficiently explored yet. Some days I vanquish this feeling. Some days i fail completely.
On a typical Friday night I am
Burrowed deep in my laptop, reading or writing.

An extrovert I am no longer. Although I occasionally guest star as one.
You should message me if
You're earnest, analytic, and empathetic. You're abnormally inclined to valuing communication. Audacity a bonus.

Your idea of fun is something like walking around Mt Tabor excitedly talking about the ethics of time travel.