faustian_echoes
35 Vancouver, Canada
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My self-summary
What I’m doing with my life
For the cash money, I make quantum computers artificially intelligent. Welcome to the future.

I try to spend an hour or two each day in a coffee shop, sipping espresso, reading, and thinking the deep thoughts.

I go bouldering (indoors) three or four times per week. I like the way bouldering established a series of challenging but attainable goals, the convivial nature of working a problem with a group of people, and the convenience of a fifteen minute door-to-door trip.
I’m really good at
coming up with things about which to worry.
The first things people usually notice about me
My conversation tends towards the absurd. I figure it's a justified reflection of the absurdity of life.

Also, my skin sparkles in direct sunlight. The result of an unfortunate glitter accident during my wayward youth.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
(A) Books: David Foster Wallace. William Gibson. Haruki Murakami. I also read a lot of journal articles.

(B) Movies: Donnie Darko.

(C) My favorite bands include: agalloch, ahab, the angelic process, blut aus nord, boris, drudkh, earth, fleurety, the gault, in the woods..., krallice, liturgy, negura bunget, ocrilim, panopticon, sunn O))), ulver, weakling, and wolves in the throne room. I'm passionate about music, but I gave up on evangelism years ago. With regards to other people's music, I get along well with post-rock, electronica, and industrial. VNV Nation is my favorite dance music.

I prefer music without intelligible lyrics. It's been my experience that bands are rarely good at composing music, playing instruments, and writing poetry. Two out of three is good enough for me, but I don't want to be irritated by insipid lyrics.

(D) Foods: I eat an indecent amount of yogurt and muesli. And blueberries by the pound, when they're in season. I have soft spot for pickled and smoked fish. When dining out, I prefer spicy foods. I rarely cook meat.

(Q) Web Comics: SMBC

(Z) Things that other people seem to like but I've never really understood: travel, baseball, the hippity-hop, shopping, bus stops placed every two blocks.
The six things I could never do without
Music (constantly; even in my dreams.)

Math (also sometimes in my dreams. But those are nightmares. Very unpleasant nightmares.)

The internets (Once upon a time, people lived in ignorance. They might wonder "where can I get the best cup of coffee in my neighborhood?" or "how do planes fly?" or "how much wood would a wood chuck chuck per hour if hopped up on a 0.6mg/kg dose of methamphetamine?" but, after a few moments of consternation, realize that neither they, nor anyone they know, had access to the answer. Today, an intricate series of tubes will deliver all the information in the world directly to your eyeballs. Instantaneously. For free. Just about anywhere.)

Sunlight (I spent two years locked in a basement laboratory. Well, the doors were locked, but to prevent others from entering, rather than to keep me from leaving. Regardless, I was obliged to spend most of my waking hours there. Few things are quite as depressing as descending into the bowels of the earth in the middle of the day and not emerging until the middle of the night. Going subterranean during daylight hours and working there until the sun has risen once again is one of those things.)

English (it's remarkable how essential total fluency is to having an interesting conversation. Good diction is totally hot.)

The impression (or illusion) of progress (doing science is like pulling teeth.)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
the computational basis of perception and thought.

I also enjoy contemplating my navel. However, I think I've plumbed most of its mysteries by now. I'm looking to diversify into other people's navels.
On a typical Friday night I am
doing the same thing I do every night, Pinky.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I put my faith in the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in the natural sciences. And ceiling cat.

I developed an abiding dislike for the Swiss over the course of four years living in Zurich.

For reasons I have yet to fathom, I seem to be farcically inept at tying my shoes. They tend to spontaneously untie multiple times each day. The problem persists across different pairs of shoes with very dissimilar laces. I think I'm going to declare defeat and start double-knotting.
You should message me if
Really, given the amount of time you've invested in reading down this far, you might as well send me a message. Yes, we all know that decisions should be made without regard to sunk costs, but something must have motivated that effort. The additional investment required is minimal, the risks negligible, and maybe something worthwhile will come out of it.
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