_roy
32 Pittsburgh, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a happy guy, statistically and anecdotally speaking. The reason likely has something to do with this New York Times article, which describes the happiest man in America as Asian (✔); 5' 10" (✔); Jewish (my family's diverse like that); 65 years old (a matter of time); has children (ok); lives in Honolulu (Pittsburgh is on the same "most livable" lists); owns a business (✔); and makes $120,000 a year (getting there). A contrived demographic, I know, but still illuminating.
What I’m doing with my life
Working on small business-related stuff. Volunteering my expertise and sanity to open source software projects. Watching as many critically acclaimed movies as I can. Lifting weights at the neighborhood gym. Dorking out and using this site with the metric system, even though I have no mental picture of what girls' heights are in centimeters and have to convert back to feet and inches.
I’m really good at
Building robust, modular software. Making movie recommendations because I'm well watched. Spontaneously gifting things that drastically improve the recipient's well-being. Thinking many steps ahead. Comparison shopping online.
The first things people usually notice about me
During the winter, my Australian outback hat, hands down. Failing that, my exquisite oriental features.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books - I recently finished Thinking, Fast and Slow, and before that the Hunger Games trilogy. My all-time favorites are Brave New World, Guns, Germs, and Steel, and Look Homeward, Angel.

Periodicals - I read the Wall Street Journal and Ars Technica daily.

Movies - I'm somewhat of a film critic and average about two movies per week, with a soft spot for period pieces. Some favorites include Before Sunrise, Casablanca, Do the Right Thing, Dr. Strangelove, Le Samouraï, and Rear Window.

Shows - I bought all seasons of Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey on iTunes, and I think they are superlative. Also, House of Cards serves as a great reminder why I ♥ Kevin Spacey.

Music - I like folk/pop rock (ABBA, Billy Joel, Leonard Cohen), classical (Mahler, Rachmaninov, Schubert), symphonic metal (Epica, Nightwish), and traditional folk music (American, Celtic, Chinese).

Food - It's hard to go wrong with dining establishments like Dinette, Kiku, Penn Avenue Fish Company, Thin Man Sandwich Shop, and Gaucho Parrilla.
The six things I could never do without
Family and friends - The last time I checked, they still loved me and thought I was a swell guy.

Logic, reason, and empiricism - They hold me back from joining a UFO cult.

Confidence and ambition - There's no feeling quite like not caring what other people think while doing what I want. See also: happiness.

Unlimited smartphone data plan - Having a Wi-Fi hotspot wherever Verizon Guy can get a signal sure beats broadband.

Air conditioning - I didn't realize how important it was until I lived in an apartment without central air.

Mass transit - I'm a wannabe New Yorker and don't own a car. Appropriately so, my place is 30 meters from a grocery store.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
... engineering problems! If I solve them, everyone potentially saves time and money by not reinventing the wheel. Also: the Fermi Paradox, what lies beyond the singularity, and the pros and cons of guaranteed basic income.
On a typical Friday night I am
... fixing broken software. Clearing out my email backlog. Drinking my whiskey neat. Watching a big/loud Hollywood blockbuster with friends. Watching an indie/art film alone. Note that self-employment extends the definition of "Friday" to the entire week.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I take a large dose of Resveratrol daily with the aim of living longer and staying healthy.
You should message me if
... you want to turn the overwhelmingly male-to-female first contact ratio on its head.
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