j5awry
32 Kansas City, United States
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My self-summary
I never imagined at 31 I'd become a bit of a gym rat. Nor did I imagine I'd regularly run over 5Km, nor that I'd lose 60lbs and probably be in the best shape I've been in since HS.

After finishing doctoral coursework, I left for Sweden on Fulbright. No idea where I'd go after, but never imagined I'd come back to Kansas City. After 2 years in Boston, here I am.

I never imagined I'd be a software engineer. 15 years of work in one profession, only to come in during one of the lowest points in recent history for jobs (post-secondary music education).

I've learned that my imagination, while quite good, can't grasp the enormity of life. That's pretty freakin' awesome. I live for the surprise, the next big moment, and making the most of every opportunity. It's how I've presented at conferences in Stockholm and Lisbon, Portugal, got performances in the Netherlands, and become a well respected engineer in a short time. That and a healthy dose of privilege, which is why I also do my best to help others by jumping into a couple local KC non-profits, why I worked with a non-profit in Boston talking to lower-income students, and minorities, about how to get into technology, and why I'm giving to my companies initiative to help bring more underrepresented groups into technology, especially from diverse education backgrounds.
What I’m doing with my life
Learning to live in KC with a real job, working out, learning more Python, JS, and Java. Probably learning Ruby soon. Considering big moves with non-profits in town. Dealing with this house thing.
I’m really good at
learning, music, audio engineer, teaching, cooking some of the best lasagna you'll ever have, writing, sleeping.
The first things people usually notice about me
The laugh(s). Usually loud, often boisterous, definitely full of life.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: rather than favorites, here's the most recent: The Martian: Weir (good), The Light of the Fireflies: Paul Pen (not so good), The Last Girl: Joe Hart (pretty bad), The Word for World is Forest: Ursula Le Guin (really good), The Jennifer Morgue: Charles Stross (funny)

Movies: Last in theater: Captain America: Civil War (in Dolby Atmos). Favourites: American Psycho, any Studio Ghibli (Nausicaa may be my favourite), Tough Guys Don't Dance (either brilliant or horrid). Life has gotten a bit in the way, so I'm a tad out of date on movies. Feel free to offer suggestions of what I should watch.

Shows: Went on this somewhat random Anime kick. I'm not usually a big anime fan, but the unbridled optimism of Goku has helped me get through the winter. Archer, Green Arrow, The Flash, and KC Royals games.

Music: I'm really into metal, contemporary classical, and, well, a whole bunch of other stuff. Currently, Alfred Schnittke, Guillaume de Machaut, Massive Attack, Portishead, John Hollenbeck (Large Ensemble and smaller groups), E.S.T. (sad, I finally get to Sweden, but it's too late to see Esbjorn Svensson), At The Gates (saw them live in Boston, AMAZING! And got to see Anders Bjorler again. Great guy!), Entombed, Krux, Opeth, In Flames, the fan in my room, the sound of the subway, the sound of the train going over the tunnel in Sundbyberg.

Food: All of it. Recent recipes--pulled pork, barbacoa, oatmeal scotchies, and a pork and beef soup using the cooking liquid from the pulled pork and barbacoa (and I learned to poach an egg)
The six things I could never do without
Coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee, and food.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
better build and release systems, how to make this city I'm calling home a bit better, how to fight all the systemic issues starting at the micro level (starting with music technology in KC), why my desktop runs like shit.
On a typical Friday night I am
chilling, maybe hitting a friend's gig. getting back into the swing of KC.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm claustrophobic, so, yeah, don't tie me down. Literally...
You should message me if
If you have in depth knowledge of an esoteric area of study.

or know when to use in depth vs. in-depth...which really satisfies requirement one. Wait, let me draw a finite state machine for this and figure it out...
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