jamesgold
23 Seattle, United States
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My self-summary
Surgeons implanted into each of my feet a piece of metal uncannily similar in appearance to a bullet. I showed the X-rays to my friends and cheekily told them I’d “accidentally shot myself in the foot at a shooting range.” They still don’t know the truth.

From the ages of nine to thirteen I lived fifty feet from the shore of a smelly manmade lake in SoCal. The lake was home to two beautiful black swans, husband and wife. The wife was affectionately named “Lipstick” due to her bright red beak. One fateful day (it was probably a Sunday), the couple was floating carelessly across the lake and failed to notice that they were drifting closer and closer to the edge of an enormous concrete dam. They both fell the entire distance to the water below; the husband lost his life while Lipstick escaped with nothing more than a broken wing. Thereafter, whenever I saw Lipstick float by, wing askew, it felt like I was watching something very important; a relic of a revered past, living out her final days in solitude. The Queen of the Lake.

INTP/INTJ. I used to be really into MBTI, now I think it's silly.
What I’m doing with my life
I just graduated from UC Berkeley and moved to Seattle for a software engineering job at, you guessed it, Amazon. I'm in Capitol Hill.

I'm picking up golf again (I was on the team in high school) and reading (starting with sci-fi) in a desperate effort to unbind myself from the computer for at least some portion of the day.
I’m really good at
- staying calm when people around me are flipping out
- remaining objective
- shaking the building with my sub(woofer, HA)
- setting goals and meeting them
- delaying gratification
- giving massages
- first person shooter video games
- perceiving other people's moods
- being polite and respectful to customer service workers
The first things people usually notice about me
First my height, which is exacerbated by my slenderness. Then, if they get close enough, my long and upward-curling eyelashes. Makes all the girls jealous.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I listen to music typically for several hours every day at work. With some pretty nice headphones. Perks of working on a computer. Hip hop, pop, and techno, mostly. jamie xx. Aphex Twin.
The six things I could never do without
- an internet connected computer (although I bet I could)

That's it, really. I try to keep my dependencies low.

Oh, well, I guess orgasms. Orgasms that take you to the brink of consciousness.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
aesthetics, science, math, how to get my code to work, what other people think about me, self-improvement

I'm interested in shit like the history of math and science, video games, off-the-wall absurdist humor, reddit, and sex. Let's spend a day at Ada's Technical Books.
On a typical Friday night I am
playing Rocket League with my internet friends
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I like exactly none of: coffee, rain, the outdoors, overcast weather, hiking. Sorry, Seattle.

I've never been to a concert.

I used to work at a tanning salon.
You should message me if
- you have an easygoing personality; that is, not bossy or overly judgmental (super important)
- you're a sucker for good conversation
- you have a critical, scientific mindset. you care about the truth
- you like tall, lanky white guys
- you are sex positive
- this comic resonates with you
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