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My self-summary
My name is Michael. I'm doing science.
What I’m doing with my life
I got a degree in physics while doing research on atomic spectroscopy. That somehow lead to becoming a programmer.

I like being outside whenever possible. And I always have a big old camera with me in case something photogenic happens. And a tripod because the camera is old and anything taken above ISO 200 looks like it was taken on a cellphone. Here are some pictures.

Various disjoint hobbies: copperplate-style writing, trying to learn the violin which I started doing way too late, volunteering at the county animal shelter.

Sailing. I was in the University of Washington's sailing club and haven't sank anything.
I’m really good at
Planning adventures, cooking, photography

I'm probably above average at
archery, programming, sailing
Dvorak typing.
Winning trials.
Applying scientific thinking to everyday problems.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm kinda thin.

I don't use a smartphone.

I think being clear with one's objectives is
more important than trying to present
ideas in a non-confrontational manner.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
As far as music goes, I like anything that is abstract and powerful.
Favorite album: Illinoise by Sufjan Stevens.
Favorite band: Lunasa.
Favorite song: Eanair
No I'm not Irish.
Favorite movie: "The Grand Budapest Hotel". They might as well just stop making movies now because no movie is ever going to be as good as that one. Although "Nightcrawler" was also quite good.
Favorite show: Firefly Adventure Time Doctor Who
I also like watching Gordon Ramsay's shows (the UK ones, not the
dumbed-down American versions)
Favorite f00dz: masala dosa Anything that isn't masala dosa.
Six things I could never do without
I would literally die without access to

a balisong,
an 808 nm laser,
coconut milk,
guinea pigs,
a practice mute
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What to do for April Fool's Day. This is the only holiday that is truly sacred to me. All the rest are man-made abominations.

How environmental problems are so much worse than most people realize, and how no one wants to listen because the only real solution involves everyone voluntarily consuming less (and reproducing less).

Also, here's something I spent a lot of time thinking about:
On a typical Friday night I am
Finally, nothing is required of me for two days. I'm going to sleep.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
The most private thing I'm willing to tell to any stranger who comes across this page? ...
You should message me if
Above all, I appreciate someone with an absurd and abstract sense of humor. Having respect for life is mandatory, and having a love of science is a huge plus. If you're really interested in the nature of reality- if you think that the answer to "How do magnets work?" doesn't end before quantum field theory has entered into the discussion, we'd probably get along.

I'd like to find more friends who are intelligent enough to change my mind about stuff. I am impressed by people who have become competent at something for reasons other than their family background.

If you consider "It's been used in China for thousands of years" to be sufficient evidence of some treatment's health benefits, then maybe you shouldn't.

If you say you like baking but all you've "baked" are cupcakes and cookies using powdered mixes from boxes then you're a liar and I don't want anything to do with you. I'm sick of you people misrepresenting yourselves. I bake more complicated things than that for breakfast.
The two of us