faustian_echoes
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My self-summary
I spend half of my waking hours thinking very hard, and the other half climbing, reading books, riding my bicycle, and binging on Netflix. My efforts to bring about the robot apocalypse notwithstanding, I'm a borderline Luddite; I'm still on my first smartphone, and have yet to find any use for the Twitter. After multiple international moves in which I've manually lugged all of my worldly possessions onto a plane, I'm pretty settled in Vancouver, although I still haven't felt the need to tie myself down with anything so large as an automobile. Owning multiple couches is weird enough. I appreciate simplicity and routine, since they free me to focus on the things I care about.

This is important:
http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2736
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) frequently. I like the way bouldering established a series of challenging but attainable goals, the social 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. In practice, I read an unflattering amount of trashy sci-fi and fantasy in between more substantial fare. I balance the low-brow fiction with lots of journal articles.

(B) Movies: Donnie Darko.

(C) My favorite bands include: agalloch, blut aus nord, boris, drudkh, earth, fleurety, the gault, in the woods..., krallice, leviathan, negura bunget, ocrilim, opeth, 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. For the past few weeks, I've been coding to synthwave, which makes relatively mundane work feel like a run in the matrix.

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. A day without espresso is not a good day.

(Q) Web Comics: SMBC

(Z) Things that other people seem to like but I've never really understood: travel, baseball, shopping, bus stops placed every two blocks.
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 thought, the social contract, and my next shot of espresso.

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
immanentizing the eschaton.
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.
You should message me if
you want a partner for climbing, biking, and hiking. You take joy in understanding how the world works, and have a passion to which you devote yourself.

Or you're looking for a trophy husband. I've been honing my cocktail party banter.
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