acornpatch
20 San Francisco, United States
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My self-summary
I'm in San Francisco for a software engineering internship, then backpacking the entire length of the John Muir Trail from August 18 to mid-Sept, and then back to Irvine for my last year of undergrad. No set plans yet for exactly where I'll be when I graduate June 2017, but hopefully, somewhere green and cold.

If you're in SF area and I visited you, I'm looking to get to know you online and perhaps meet you in person. Maybe we'll become friends, or something more.

I listen more than I talk, and I make friends more easily than I make enemies. I try to be a positive influence in other people's lives and be their rock when they need a source of rationality and stability.

I'm an introvert at heart, but I thoroughly enjoy meeting people. It stems from a curiosity in discovering the things that capture a person's attention, the goals they strive for, what excites them and what dulls them to no end, their quirks and twists. I want to understand them more than just at surface-level.

I don't have a strict "type", per se, but I prefer people who are ambitious, motivated, and disciplined--people who value education and limitless potential for improvement and do not take their privileges for granted. Overall, I'd say that personality and values are more important than a specific body type, gender, or race.
What I’m doing with my life
I am entering my last year of university, pursuing a double major in Informatics and Computer Science, and a minor in linguistics. I work on research focusing on online dating sites (relevant, right?) and linguistic classifiers for sentiment analysis (unrelated to the former). What I enjoy in research translates well into how I perceive the world; I divide all the greys into varying amounts of black and white.

In the past year I've started to love backpacking. Though there's an upfront investment, a lot of the equipment is buy-it-for-life, and the enjoyment I get out of carrying everything I need while trekking through wilderness is unrivaled by anything else. It's also a good counterbalance to my daily life working indoors, in front of a computer. As John Muir once said, “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”.

Ideally one day I'd like to live in a place where I can grow or forage for my own food, and sustainably live nearly off-the-grid. Rather than being someone who pollutes the world in trying to extract natural resources, I'd like to be an embedded part of the usage and recycling of resources--everything I take, I want to return in one way or another. I'm still in the process of defining what it means to be sustainable for me and my community, and how I want to make that come to life.

Through my pursuits in school, in work, and in research, I am still trying to find the passion that lights my soul on fire. It's a long, arduous journey full of learning, experimentation, and luck.

In terms of material things, I can say there are three things I want to have in the future: a doberman, a garden, and a good pair of hiking boots.
I’m really good at
Running long distance--I'll be running the SF Marathon on July 31st, 2016. I'm not sure whether I like to run because of runner's high or the torment leading up to runner's high. Maybe I'm just a masochist.

Also really good at being (unskillfully) reckless on a snowboard. I love the snow and the cold, and the adrenaline rush from carving down the slopes in my favorite climate makes me a different person. I avoid risk on all other aspects of my life, but somehow it's okay to risk bone fractures and concussions when I have my feet strapped on a board.

Also phenomenal at picking up chicks (especially my two Black Stars and one Silkie).
The first things people usually notice about me
How I run into things if I am turning my head and talking to someone at the same time.

A smile!
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Adams), Galapagos (Vonnegut), Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck), East of Eden (Steinbeck, oh I love Steinbeck), Man's Search for Meaning (Frankl), Catch-22 (Heller), The Metamorphosis (Kafka), The Illustrated Man (Bradbury), Flatland (Abbott Abbott) --- I have a spreadsheet that has all of the books I've enjoyed reading since sophomore year of high school. I'd love to share it with you if you're interested! I am currently reading "The Two-Income Trap," by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi.

Movies: Forrest Gump, The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, all Miyazaki films, The Count of Monte Cristo

Shows: Game of Thrones, Iron Chef America, Jeopardy (I'm serious), Archer, The Blue Planet series (and other ocean documentaries), IT Crowd

Music: Fleet Foxes, Coeur de Pirate, Bon Iver, Noah and the Whale, Born Ruffians, Twenty One Pilots, acoustic, some laid back electronic, jazz, some folk, Queen!

Food: Italian food, Indian food, spicy tuna don, Mexican food. Chicken. Broccoli. Brown rice.
The six things I could never do without
Self-discipline: without it, I'd be an out-of-shape, lazy slob failing in all my pursuits with no foreseeable future. It is not enough to have ambition without the self-discipline to work hard and continue in the face of adversity.

Language: language recorded in books allow us to live countless lifetimes in the span of our single lifetime through the perspectives of others. Fiction, non-fiction, novels or papers--I like reading anything with words. Language spoken and written give us a way to communicate and connect.

Black Coffee: my energy source, my beverage of choice (hot or iced), my favorite ice cream flavor, my go-to pick-me-up. I make mine with my trusty aeropress.

Laughter: It puts us at ease, helps us trust people, connects us to others, and is beautifully contagious.

Fitness/health: it feels good mentally to feel healthy and fit physically. The gym and the trail are two of my favorite places. I do weekly meal prep so that I can make sure I eat consistently. Eat clean, lift heavy, run far, live well.

Respect: self-respect, respect for others, and respect for the world around us.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
-ways I can be a better person, taking the next step to progress in my education and my career.
-the backpacking supplies I still need.
-what I should cook for next week's meal-prep boxes.
-why everyone looks better in a raincoat and knit hat.
On a typical Friday night I am
When I have free time, I'm usually reading a book, sketching photos from RedditGetsDrawn, or looking at the latest news on natural language processing.

I am not much of a partier. Loud noises, too many people, and not enough space makes my head hurt. I prefer kickbacks with a smaller group of close friends, or one-on-one activities. I prefer being sober and alert, productive and capable, than being inebriated and incapacitated.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I steal pinecones from national parks.
(no one notices, right?)

I have a freckle on the tip of my nose that has warranted a lot of nose-boops from my friends. Don't do this. I don't like it. I will bite you. You have been warned.

I think bathroom selfies, gym selfies, and any other types of mirror selfies made public are abominations.

I believe corn and corn products should not be subsidized.

I judge people by their screen names.
You should message me if
You're a practical, rational person who is ambitious and passionately goal-driven, looking for a similar-minded person as a friend or partner.
AND
You don't smoke weed, do drugs, or drink in excess.
AND
You are over a 90% match with me.
AND
You are accepting of the fact that I am strictly nonmonogamous.
If you have an issue with this, let's talk about it.
AND
(You love the outdoors and want to explore someplace new with me.
OR
You love the indoors and feel at peace with a good book or documentary and a warm beverage.
OR
You are some very special people looking for the elusive unicorn.)
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