WhimsicalWyvern
28 Astoria, United States
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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 fancy computer science algorithms. 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. I much prefer quiet settings with a few people talking about the meaning of life over loud parties with lots of alcohol. 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've known that "Winter is Coming" since before it was cool.

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 means.
What I’m doing with my life
Programming + Math + Biology. I work in a biomedical informatics research lab as a "bioinformatics programmer". 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.
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. I usually react in the most awkward manner possible.
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.

Webcomics:
http://www.xkcd.com/
http://www.smbc-comics.com/
http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/
http://www.giantitp.com/

Games:
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. Also, I'm a sucker for anything with spell casters and/or dragons.

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: I'm not sure why this is important. I like all sorts of cuisines. 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:
Computer/Internet
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). 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 that it's the right thing to do, it's to inspire morale and confidence in the leadership.

It's kinda scary that I'm getting ads for invitrogen primers (which are scarily targeted to my bio background), but also ads for female birth control (which is rather inappropriately targeted).

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
Ideally, doing something with friends, usually involving some form of gaming. Recently, it's been trying to figure out how to make new friends in NYC.

I don't like clubbing or "wild parties." They usually either make me feel bored, awkward, irritated, or all three.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I admit nothing. Well, delicious food. I'm willing to admit delicious food into my stomach.

I think religion is silly. Sorry. You're still pretty cool though.

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/

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.

I don't like to sound picky, but if you really want to know what I'm looking for in a partner based on past experiences...
Above average intelligence and reasoning capability: I enjoy life more when I surround myself with intelligent people.
A strong willingness/desire to communicate: Mutual understanding is paramount.
A shared cultural background: IE, a college education and a western oriented upbringing. Without this, values are usually too far apart to be compatible - but hey, feel free to prove me wrong.
A (reasonably) healthy body.
Spunk/Confidence/Conviction/Passion. The ability and willingness to express you opinions, and stand up for yourself. I'm looking for a partner, not a walking stick.
Not a huge party person: I don't drink, smoke, or enjoy loud parties. If you absolutely require any of that to have fun, I'm not a good fit.
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