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My self-summary
Reality is built, facts are learned. Experience can be good or bad, but they're your own, and there's some comfort in that.
I'm not sure whether there is anything more than brain matter when it comes to human consciousness, but I am sure that a large part of what makes each of us is our relationships with others. I feel I get a lot from knowing other people, so cheers! May you be ambivalent and lucky in the pursuit.
What I’m doing with my life
Becoming semi-itinerant. Life is an experiment and I'm keen to explore the unknown, to include new forms of employment (Ex: unemployment). I had an office job in NoVA for a while. I quit and went hiking because few things kill you, or fun, as reliably as sitting 40+ hours a week. (The latter has been rigorously tested, and both are scientifically proven.) Before all that I taught English in Chiang Mai. On my way back I swung by this funny little US territory where I copyedited and bartended for a summer. Now I work as a nanny / stand-in at a therapy center for children with autism, which does not involve much sitting to say the least. UPDATE: I moved, and so am back to copyediting.

... on this site?:
I'm fascinated with exploration. People, food, topography, books, the internet. Wherever I am geographically, I find my exploits are limited by time, circumstance and hard currency. Not so on the interwebs! You only have to surrender sleep + dignity and the world becomes some kind of oyster, albeit of indeterminate size & freshness.

Anyhoo, I'm interested in conversations and the potential of finding like-minded people to share actual time and space* with while avoiding perfunctory date-like activities. That said, I like to fill the weekends and try new things. I'm trying to convince myself I can still use this site to do that even though I'm just looking for friendship / conversation at present.

*Modern as I am, bedspace is not part of any conversation I'm going to have over the internet.
I’m really good at
Pragmatic responses.
The first things people usually notice about me
My hair.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'm a big fan of all geeky stuff with quality production value, including but not limited to Crash Course, RadioLab (wnyc), Car Talk (reruns), TED, My Drunk Kitchen (Hannah Hart is an editing genius as far as I'm concerned), Arrested Development, Futurama (original seasons), Daily Show, Colbert, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Cosmos with Carl Sagan, anything with David Attenborough or James Burke but especially Planet Earth, Life of Birds and the first season of Connections, respectively.

Memorable reads: The Poisonwood Bible, Love in the Time of Cholera, Middlesex, Sons & Lovers, Mother Tongue, Down Under, Notes from a Small Island, Lost Continent et al. (any) non-fiction by Bill Bryson; The New Jim Crow, A People's History of the United States, The Selfish Gene, Sex at Dawn, lots of Vonnegut, ...

Grammatik, Thievery Corporation, Alabama Shakes, tUnE-yArDs, Parov Stelar! Portishead, Beats Antique, Mos Def, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Avett Brothers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The National, Cat Power, Nina Natasia, Eels, Explosions in the Sky, Pixies, Vampire Weekend, Public Property, Lavender Diamond, Amy Winehouse, Passion Pit, Adele, Wolf Parade, Yeasayer, UUVVWWZ, The Walkmen, LCD Soundsystem, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, MGMT, Sigur Ros, Regina Spektor, Ratatat, Neutral Milk Hotel, Modest Mouse, Toadies/Burden Brothers, Smashing Pumpkins, Chemical Brothers, The Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Neko Case, Devotchka, Grizzly Bear, OK GO, Wilco, Talking Heads, Sing Fang Bous, Josh Ritter, Andrew Bird, Architecture in Helsinki, Band of Horses, Horsefeathers, Tim Fite, Stars, John Dahlback, Stars, Noah & the Whale, Azealia Banks (thus far I haven't found other songs of hers that are as good as "212"), Portugal-The Man, Dom La Nena, on and on

... and Dawn of Midi is phenomenal.
Six things I could never do without
Words, thrifting, going back to sleep, rice/beans, large bodies of water, telecommunications.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The intersections between disciplines. For instance, a physicist named Geoff West discovered cities have a metabolic rate similar to the, by the way, nearly universal mass to consumption ratio found in nature. (Cool, right?!) And in general I'm pretty fascinated with the span between neurology, social psychology and problem solving. I suppose I am pretty analytical; also interested in individual & social decision-making with special regard to issues of perception and information -- i.e., human f-ing behavior. I aspire to read a lot, listen to respectable Podcasts / YouTube tutorials. (Did I mention Crash Course?)
On a typical Friday night I am
Where am I??
The most private thing I’m willing to admit

That's all, captive audience,

You should message me if
You're looking for others to share overall zeal for things listed on this profile, or keep pace with rambling trains of thought, long bike rides, slow jogs or other vehicle of incremental but perceptible change. Bonus points if you know of cool things to do that apply in most zip codes.

You're into DIY, maker's movement / creative projects, writing, book share, all things radio, pragmatism, conversation, cognitive psych, human behavior or behavioral economics.

You can abide, in particular, that "activity partner" =/= willingness to do premeditated "get to know you" stuff, commonly called dating. All I can promise to be is interested in finding new friends. This allows everyone to relax and let interest develop in more organic, intriguing ways.
The two of us