Zubenelgenubi89
26 San Mateo, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a transplant from New York. I like finding new spots to explore in and around the city, going on hikes, spontaneous trips, learning new things, and generally not taking myself too seriously.

I'm an avid Swing dancer (Lindy Hop), love astronomy/stargazing, geology, playing music (poorly), and am a general nerd for both Science and Science Fiction books and Film.

George Takei once described me as "Tenacious". So I guess that counts for something.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm currently a software engineer.

My background is in geophysics and I'd like to get more involved in earthquake seismology research and it's applications, particularly towards risk mitigation (via Earthquake Early Warning systems) and preparing for "the big one".

I'm also passionate about astronomy and science education. Outside of work, I spend most of my time swing dancing, and volunteering as the SF Outreach Coordinator for The Planetary Society.
I’m really good at
Geography. I've spent lots of time looking at google maps and wikipedia entries on the places I find.

Also 3D Puzzles. I'm total boss at those.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books/Authors:
A Brief History of Time, Fabric of The Cosmos, Dune, Sherlock Holmes, Ender's Game, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Red Mars trilogy, The Martian. Kurt Vonnegut, Issac Asimov, George Orwell, Shakespeare, Douglas Adams

Movies:
Generally SciFi & Comedies, and occasionally Action/Dramas. Some favorites are the Monty Python Films, Help!, The Day The Earth Stood Still (The 1950s one), Star Wars. Anything "so bad it's good".

TV:
Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek (TNG + DS9 rock!), Arrested Development, Adventure Time, Rick & Morty, Community, Babylon 5, Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, Fry & Laurie, Top Gear. Currently re-watching The West Wing.

Music:
Jazz (Mostly Big Band and Hard Bop), Classic Rock, Indie & Folk Rock, Electronica, Also lots of NPR.
Specifically - The Cat Empire, Tally Hall, The Beatles, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, The Decemberists, Neutral Milk Hotel, Deadmau5, I'm going to stop now before this list is 100 bands long

Food:
Chicken tikka masala, Burritos, anything with garlic.
The six things I could never do without
1. Obligatory mention of Food/Shelter/Water/Oxygen/Stellar Fusion/Electro-Weak Force/Gravity/Strong Nuclear Force/etc...
2. Social Interaction
3. Music
4. Tea (Earl Gray, Hot)
5. Internet Access
6. Aglets
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The vastness of space and geological time, and how completely and totally insignificant we are... and yet how incredible it is that in spite of that, we can learn so much about the laws that govern the universe, and conceive of our place within it.
On a typical Friday night I am
Out swing dancing, probably.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I can't tell the difference between 1% and 2% milk and I'm pretty sure that everyone else is just crazy for insisting that there is one.
You should message me if
- You'd like to meet up and get to know each other over coffee, tea, drinks, or a hike.
- You have a love for learning about the universe we live in.
- You want to show me some awesome things around SF. I've only scratched the surface
- There is an interesting looking rock formation in your profile picture that you want me to help identify
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