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)_/¯
https://www.okcupid.com/profile/WhimsicalWyvern/personality seems fairly accurate.
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.
I don't actually code in C++, but they didn't include Python in that list.
People occasionally compliment me on my eyes. They change (apparent) color depending on my shirt.
Authors: George R.R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, Brent Weeks, Scott Lynch, 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 would never WANT to do without are:
Gaming/Friends to game with
A society that valued science and learning over political convenience.
Protons. Because otherwise the world would be too negative.
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.
Philosophy. Like the relative morality of utilitarianism vs deontologism 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.
Politics. Is Trump getting impeached wishful thinking or a real possibility? How dangerous is he to the US compared to Mike "Pray Away the Gay" Pence - would it be better to have him around delaying the GOP's plans through his incom, or is his incompentence too dangerous to have ? or
How to "fix" American government/politics. Short Answer - move away from first past the post winner take all voting. Also, increased voter turn out through voting day as a national holiday and opt-out voter registration.
When I got out for a specific activity, I'm up for most anything, but I tend to focus on small get togethers. If I'm doing the organizing, board games or movies are often involved. Not terribly interested in bars or clubbing.
(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 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.