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My self-summary
My name is Michael, and I like to think that I am an unusual person. I've wanted to work in science or engineering for a long time, but I also believe liberal arts are important so I spent a lot of time doing both. I wanted to do a dual degree in science and liberal arts so I got a degree in Women's and Gender Studies (WGS, more on that later) and now I am getting a Master of Science in Computer Science. (Also, is it just me or does announcing yourself as a "MASTER OF SCIENCE!!!" sound hilariously dramatic?)

My ultimate goal is to work on what is called a brain computer interface, which is a device that lets you control and/or communicate with a computer directly with your brain or through a neural interface. I also developed a related interest in Transhumanism as a result.

As for how I got involved in WGS, it was kind of an accident. I read The Feminine Mystique in high school on a whim and was really surprised by what I read. When I got to college I had to take a diversity courses of some kind and I took intro to WGS. It turned out that I enjoyed it and was really good at it, so I ended up pursuing it further. I enjoyed studying gender because its something that is a core part of the way people identify themselves yet most people don't really analyze it. I also enjoyed studying sexuality because its a part of almost everyone's life but once again most people don't look at sexuality analytically. Plus, sex is fun so why not study it? Probably the most interesting thing I did in WGS that is simple enough to explain in this box is that my senior year I lived in a women's/gender issue themed house on campus (there were houses with other themes too, like art or environmentalism) with 11 women. It was quite an experience! All of this probably sounds unrelated to brain computer interfaces, but it has actually ended up being rather pertinent. Modern humans are almost inseparable from their tools and brain computer interfaces will blur that line even further. By studying gender I was able to study identity at a deep level and I apply it to the way that I think brain computer interfaces will affect people.

Some random things about me:
- I like to sing and I sang in a choir for several years. I haven't been singing recently but I want to start again.
- I have handwriting so bad that it is literally a medical condition. (Seriously!)
- My Myers-Briggs personality type is ENTP
- I love books, and my hope is to some day have an awesome library room in my house.
- I am pretty disorganized.
- One of my favorite aspects of being in a relationship is learning from someone who knows about all sorts of things I'm not familiar with. I like to listen.
- My computer is hooked up to three monitors.
- I like cakes and I like baking them.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm working on an MS (computer science), looking for opportunities to work with brain computer interfaces, trying to find the right women's studies/gender studies/sexuality related periodical to submit an article for publication to, learning about all sorts of random stuff, and volunteering. My goal is to work on brain computer interfaces as a job, maybe even at my own company if I can swing it. If I can I also want to do an immersion experiment/experience with what it is like to be disabled (blind, deaf, paraplegic) this summer. I also work with also work with autonomous drones.
I’m really good at
Hmm, I like to thing I am good at a lot of things, but what am I REALLY good at? I am really good at writing when I put the proper effort into it. I am really good at women's/gender/sexuality studies (I'd like to be really good at men's studies but in some ways that is a neglected field so I didn't get much experience with it). I have really good thoughts. I think that I am much better than the most people at recognizing when people do things without thinking or having a clear reason why they do it (compare regular shoes to Vibram Fivefingers for example (Google Vibram Fivefingers and you will see what I am talking about)) and that skill is one of my favorite parts about myself.

I am working on becoming a great programmer, but that is a craft so it takes time to master. I aspire to be really good with brain computer interface related technology.
The first things people usually notice about me
...is my hair!
If they interact with me, then I would guess the next thing they notice that I talk quickly (probably too quickly, but I try to slow down) and that I know a lot of things; not in a "know it all" kind of way, but if you bring up a topic about almost anything I can have a conversation with you about it.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
(Still adding stuff as I think of it)
The Art of War, Self Made Man, Flatland,

Black Swan, The Matrix, Spaceballs, Airplane, Fight Club, bad sci-fi/horror movies (e.g. Pandorum, Event Horizon),

TV shows:
Fringe, Family Guy etc., How It's Made, Investigation Discovery, various comedy shows (Community, 30 Rock, etc.), Angel, Dollhouse, Firefly,

A bunch of random music from classical to pop. I don't follow many artists specifically except for Lady Gaga. I enjoy listening to and singing music.

Ice cream, pizza, cake, cup cakes, cake pops, cake again,

Video games:
Deus Ex, Oblivion, Portal (2), Zelda
Six things I could never do without
This is hard because some things require other things, like a music player requires power. I'll have to think about this one.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I spend a lot of time thinking, but its not always about the same thing. It depends on what has my attention at that moment, what was on the radio, what I just read, etc.
On a typical Friday night I am
Relaxing at home, maybe catching up on TV shows on Hulu or reading.
You should message me if
You think we could have a good time!
The two of us