jbym
31 San Leandro, United States
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My self-summary
I think it says it all that I put off writing this until weeks after making most of the rest of the profile. Summing up is hard. I try to roll with the punches and not take things too seriously, which is helpful in academia. I like learning about interesting, trivial stuff, the weirder the better.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm in grad school at the moment working on a Ph.D in computer science. If I'm not in the lab or at home working on homework, then I might be at the Sacramento Comedy Spot doing improv, or at a bar singing karaoke.
I’m really good at
I'm pretty good with computers, and even though I work with them all day, I'm usually up for fixing yours. I have a decent voice, and I was even in an a cappella music group in undergrad (shameless plug: davisloungelizards.com). Nowadays, the only singing I do is karaoke when I get a chance.

I also enjoy writing short stories, although I don't do it often.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm probably the least qualified to answer this question. I guess the first thing people pick up on is probably my rather sardonic sense of humor.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books - Stuff by Stanislav Lem, Vernor Vinge, and Greg Egan (basically, science fiction). Philip K. Dick is also quite good, but I have to be in the mood for mindbending

Outside of the sci-fi literary ghetto I enjoy, I also like David Foster Wallace, Mark Twain, and Haruki Murakami

Movies - The Manchurian Candidate (old one), The Usual Suspects, Cinema Paradiso

Shows - Firefly (pretty much anything by Joss Whedon, actually), Home Movies, That Mitchell & Webb Look

Music - The Mountain Goats, Barenaked Ladies, The Decemberists

Food - I'm always a fan of a good stew, or just beans and rice.
The six things I could never do without
1. Some good music - there are a few CDs I would definitely put in my desert island bindle
2. Friends
3. Books
4. Coffee/tea
5. A nice walk
6. Coconut radio - that's just good sense
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I tend to plan stuff out in my head beforehand a lot. I run conversations over and over internally to prepare for possible ways the conversation could go, but I find that if I'm not careful I can blow things out of proportion this way.

Whenever I hear songs, I try to think of other songs with the same chord progressions that would blend well, like for an a cappella music group.
On a typical Friday night I am
If I can arrange it, I like to be in a local pub hanging out with friends. After a long week at work, sometimes settling down with a video game is just the thing, but I am generally up for anything.
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