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My self-summary
I live in a reality of my own creation. It is not simple or perfect, but it is mine and I do adore it. My reality is composed of incredible friendships, multiple continents, chicanery, and haters.



xxx: You are both frustrating and arousing.
xxx: Do you hear that much?
me: laughs Nope, can't say that I do
xxx: It should be your headline for your OKC profile.



Finally moved half-properly back to San Francisco, at a warehouse space right near 16th and Mission. I grew up in SF, but this is something else entirely :) So many epic tacos in walking distance! It's great!

Also, just got back from Burning Man, where I wrote code for a 14,000 LED art installation. Apparently I'm something of a mad scientist/artist. Whoa.


I am down, charm, and strange
What I’m doing with my life
"But a new breed of geek has arrived—out, proud and weirdly performance-inclined. Call it the rise of avant-nerdism."
--Time Out New York FTW

Hi. I'm a professional hacker. I break -- and fix -- Internets. The spice must flow!

I believe in the concept of Experiential Density. You live precisely as long as you experience new things -- otherwise, you're just on autopilot. So I tend to seek out experiences, particularly of the underground art variety. Nothing makes me happier than flamethrowers in an abandoned warehouse. (True, and rather epic story actually. Ask me about it.)

For some reason I've become fascinated with color blindness. I just released an iPhone app that tries to fix it. It...seems to work!
I’m really good at
I wouldn't say I'm *good* at Karaoke / Rock Band. It's more, I'm *utterly without shame*. Enjoy whatcha got, ya know? You ain't going to have it forever.

I am an absolute sucker for hidden structure -- in political structure, in the human mind, in whatever complex systems we find ourselves interacting with. Ended up taking a bunch of psych classes despite a technical/business major, just because the material was so fascinating. Much to my surprise, it turned out really useful.

Mmm. Linguistics.

A brilliant art exhibit will just consume me. I started out in the graphic arts. This remains one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen in real life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAbycqD2UmQ
The first things people usually notice about me
I have an epic T-Shirt collection. And I have a rather large manpurse containing a camera *entirely optimized* for taking photos at 1AM without blinding everyone. This is actually a greater challenge than you'd think.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
How The Mind Works by Steven Pinker is an astonishing book. I got into a rather extensive argument with somebody about Malcolm Gladwell recently -- say what you will about Blink, you've got to respect somebody who spends half their book documenting the caveats of their thesis.

In terms of movies, District 9 and Moon were excellent. People are getting way too weird about meta-analyzing Avatar. These very same people must never, ever see The Time Traveler's Wife, actually a good movie, as long as you spend not one moment overanalyzing it. Generally a fan of any good mindbending movie -- Matrix, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich, Moon, Mean Girls (OK I'm also a sucker for Tina Fey).

Music -- I listen to a decent amount of Trance, just because it's very good to code to. Hybrid has been impressing me. I'm surprised to say this, but Pandora actually works pretty well for both music discovery and streaming, even over AT&T in NYC. Huge Garbage fan.

Just discovered Sherlock's Daughter at a live concert. YES, this is my favorite new band in a while. Also approve mightily of Operator Please.

Food -- Finding Doner Kebap in the states (of course in NYC) was one of my happier moments. I am also something of a lover of fine Tequila.
Six things I could never do without
My krew.
My family. Grandma comes my sessions, and hands out cookies. I have session cookies. (This is awesome.)
The future. We live in it. (We even have Jetpacks! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0109liIZGQ )
Airplanes. Though I'd like to, sometimes.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Data. Not just Commander.
On a typical Friday night I am
Getting myself into trouble. Getting myself out of trouble. Redefining the word "trouble".
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I believe the OKCupid Blog is the best part of the site. I love big graphs and I cannot lie. You other daters can't deny.
You should message me if
This breaks your brain: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

You're a doer.

You have passion. I care much less about what you're passionate about, than the fact that there is a fire in your belly at all. It's rarer than you'd think.

You are kind. This really matters, *especially* if you have strong beliefs, because to be passionate and unkind is to simply be brutal and unwelcome.
The two of us