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My self-summary
Hi! I've been living in NYC since summer 2015, and I'm looking for someone special to enjoy life with.

I'm an engineer/scientist type that's currently working at a big hospital doing research using computer science stuff. I enjoy doing things that challenge me intellectually, but I also like doing things in nature (hence the hiking profile picture) and watching a good movie / tv show. My sense of humor is quirky at best, and often involves bad puns.

I'm originally from California, but I got my Bachelors and Masters on the East Coast. My school mascot was a color, because no one likes the sound of "Big Red Bear".

I'm an INTJ, but I don't think said classification has statistically significant predictive power. Which I suppose is a classic "INTJ" thing to say. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I'm a feminist. I don't see why anyone would be otherwise if they actually understand what it meant.

Also, I hate Cheeto Mussolini with a burning passion. (Should it be Cheeto Berlusconi instead?) https://www.reddit.com/r/TinyTrumps/
What I’m doing with my life
Programming + Math + Biology. I work in a biomedical informatics research lab as a bioinformatician. I'm involved with projects involving personalized medicine, drug repurposing, and machine learning. In theory, I'm using math and computer science to help people live longer, healthier lives.

If you're not talking about my work, then that is a question I have asked myself on numerous occasions without arriving at a satisfying answer, unless you count existential musings on the meaninglessness of existence.
The first things people usually notice about me
A little kid recently told me I look like Danielle Radcliffe. So maybe it's the lightning bolt shaped scar on my forehead.

People occasionally compliment me on my eyes. They change (apparent) color depending on my shirt.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Not in order, and not exhaustive.
Authors: George R.R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, Brent Weeks, David Eddings, Isaac Asimov, Tolkien, Robin Hobb, Robert Jordan, Piers Anthony, Terry Pratchett, Lois McMaster Bujold.

Movies: Lord of the Rings, Anything Marvel, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Princess Bride.

Shows: Firefly, Sherlock, Farscape, Anything Marvel, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Battlestar Galactica, Burn Notice, Supernatural, Buffy, Futurama, Dexter, Baccano, Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, Avatar, Archer, Rick and Morty.


If it's long and complicated, there's a pretty good chance I'll enjoy it, but more to the point...
Europa Universalis 4, League of Legends, Civilization, Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Mass Effect, some puzzle/adventure games, and a bunch of other stuff along the same lines. Also, Twilight Imperium is my favorite board game.

Generally speaking, I like stories that present interesting what-ifs, have really interesting characters, or both.

Music: I'm not a big music person, but I like the Decemberists and Tchaikovsky. Folksy stuff and classical stuff in general, but I'm not a sophisticated consumer.

Food: Food is less important than the company. I don't have a sweet tooth, I have a full set. Oh, and I don't drink alcohol. This is not for religious reasons, but because it tastes like poison, and no amount of sugar makes it taste like not-poison.
The six things I could never do without
Bottom rung of Maslow's hierarchy?

The six things I would never WANT to do without are:
Gaming/Friends to game with
Intelligent Conversation.
A society that valued science and learning over political convenience.
Protons. Because otherwise the world would be too negative.
Flying cars.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Life, the Universe, and Everything.

Realistic science fictiony near-future stuff. Like how automatic cars will impact society in the future (pro-tip - don't start a career as a taxi-driver or a truck driver). The potential of CRISPR to let us develop biological immortality. Bio-printed organs. The Fermi Paradox. Neural prostheses. Playing pong with your mind - and the implications that has for realistic human "telepathy". The technological singularity. All the ways the world can go out with a whimper.

The relative morality of utilitarianism vs deontologism especially with relation to the Marvel Civil War. Whether the problems with utilitarianism are really just people being short sighted - for example, the reason you don't leave a man behind is not (necessarily) because that it's the right thing to do, but to inspire morale and confidence in the leadership.

How to "fix" American government/politics. Short Answer - move away from first past the post winner take all voting. Also, term limits and opt-out voter registration.

What I should be doing to make my life better. As opposed to actually, you know, doing it.
On a typical Friday night I am
Eh, usually relaxing after work. Sat/Sun is usually my go out and be social day.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I dissected a human cadaver once.
(As the main focus of a year long (high school!) course on human anatomy, using bodies donated to science which were abnormal and not useful to the medical schools that got them)
You should message me if
You would like me to make some puns for you.

You want to challenge me on http://en.boardgamearena.com/ . But really, I'd rather go to a board game meetup of some sort if that's your jam.

You would like to discuss something related to science, the future of society/the world/technology, politics, philosophy, gaming, game design, the meaning of re('\w*'), or geek/nerd culture.

You'd like to.