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My self-summary
I have a lot of interests, but what should matter to you is that I like talking about the philosophical ideas behind things, and with other people, I like to do outdoor stuff in nature (hiking, climbing,mountain+road biking, rowing), or to do things that provoke interesting conversation.

I also enjoy cooking when I'm in the right mood. Actually, it usually puts me in the right mood once I start.

I am bright, curious, and authentic
What I’m doing with my life
For 8 years, I developed software for simulating semiconductors and completed a masters degree focused on natural language processing (i.e. analyzing written and spoken english with computers). Now I'm working on a PhD in bioinformatics (analyzing DNA with computers).

No job has given me a big enough playground for all my interests, so I spend a fair amount of time learning and experimenting with things on my own. To this end, I started and organize a meetup group for an AI programming language.

I also travel internationally from time to time when specific reasons or opportunities arise. I want to go to South America, Ireland, China, and back to Australia and Europe. I love the language immersion and the new perspective on life that comes from traveling.

In November of 2011 I began my latest pursuit, learning to play the cello.

Also, I'm looking for a really great companion obviously :).
I’m really good at
...being patient with people.
...picking up sports based on kinesthenetic sense and balance (mountain biking, climbing, riding boards of various kinds(snowboarding, surfing, sandboarding, rowing).
...getting interested in new things just long enough to understand and daydream about them, but happily leaving the actual implementation to others.
...holding my breath for a long time. I can make it all the way through Eisenhower tunnel when traffic is normal.
The first things people usually notice about me
...are my freckles probably; I've been told I have nice legs too.

I look younger than I am. I like exercise, sleep, eating healthy, and green tea. So it's either that or good genes.

I also have clean, well maintained dreadlocks (but I'm not a pothead, I just like the way they look)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Websites (not in the list, but should be):

V for Vendetta
Catch Me If You can
Fight Club
American Beauty
Donnie Darko
Wag the Dog
Most movies based on comic books or some dystopian universe
Requiem for a Dream is the best movie I never want to see again.

Lately I've come to appreciate hearing local musicians play in smaller venues, such as WadiRum and Gasoline Lollipops. Some of the bigger names I like are:

Tori Amos
Florence + The Machine
Loreena McKennitt

Imogen Heap/Frou Frou
Zoë Keating

DJ Sasha
Charlie May
Aphex Twin
Way Out West
Rabbit in the Moon
Massive Attack
BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix


Ani Difranco
Sarah McLachlan
Gregory Alan Isakov
Alanis Morissette

Movie soundtracks: You probably have no idea how triumphant it feel when writing code to Pirates of the Caribbean.

I also spend a lot of my time in the car listening to NPR.

Snow Crash
Ender's Game
The Tao of Pooh
The Bourne Identity
Catch Me If You Can

Often vegetarian at home, with the exception of grilling fish.
Six things I could never do without
post positive adjectives
A way to learn about whatever I'm curious about at the moment (internet, bookstore, or library)
my journal
exercise outside in the sun
intriguing people
good coffee, beer, and wine
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Great question. I spend a lot of time thinking about stuff in general.

I think about the patterns in life and how it all works
the meaning of words
what makes people thrive
Recently: What is simultaneously good for individuals and the welfare of humanity: Things like walking/biking instead of driving, socializing for entertainment instead of shopping. I think a lot of unsustainable things are like drug abuse -- people (myself included) are drawn toward them but they don't really make us better. Psychology apparently says the best way to help people with a drug problem is to first fill the hole they are self-medicating or else they'll never be willing or able to give up the drug. Seems like a good model for sustainability.

The effects of having attention grabbing labels, on say modern book jackets or food containers, in plain view in one's home, which should be a place of sanctuary.
On a typical Friday night I am
...excited to begin a weekend long project which I'll probably table for something else that captures my interest.
...relaxing at home.
...hanging out with friends.
...getting ready for an outing of some kind on Saturday.
You should message me if
...you're smart and playful, you've got a philosophical/inquisitive side, and you like to play outside.
The two of us