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My self-summary
I'm a classically trained baritone singing tenor around the Bay Area working as a software engineer for a startup networking company. In an effort to make the world a better place, I spend a lot of free time hacking open source software to improve "fidelity of care." All other times I am either at some choir rehearsal, jamming Durufle on piano and electric guitar with my buddies, or doing yoga. Or working. Or sleeping.

I am curious, whimsical, and watching.
What I’m doing with my life
I work at my dream job as a ui hacker at an *awesome* startup, and play Bach or Barber almost every day. I'm currently taking lots of acroyoga and yoga classes for exercise and fun. I have a number of personal hacking and musicking projects I try to balance outside of work.
Preparing for what will hopefully transform into family life; trying to listen carefully to my dates to make that happen. Not taking blather like this too seriously. :-)
I’m really good at
Using my hands and finding my balance. I love doing acroyoga and handstands. People tell me they like to hear me sing, but I'm eternally embarrassed for what I feel is a subpar performance. If we're at a mall or some place public and you ask me to sing I will say no. However, if we're traveling in the car and listening to a song we like, I'm likely to improvise harmonies with you. If you want to hear me sing seriously, you can come to a concert:

Blending. There's a choir technique in which you can sense the size of the room, and how the air reverberates through it, and adjust your production to provide support or correct what other singers are doing. The process of doing this actually encourages the other singers to do the same thing, and after an initial training envelope almost any group of people can do this. It's also done at the end of lots of yoga classes. I get feedback at work that I'm a good listener and excellent at taking feedback. There's something about incorporating what's happening around me, thinking critically, and subtly making it better that I really like.

Navigating. I like looking at maps and mentally tracking where we are going relative to where we've been. I prepare for trips by drawing a map of where we're going beforehand, and try to imagine what we will need and is likely to happen ahead of time.

Whistling. Wow do I love whistling. I believe by far this is the best thing I do.
The first things people usually notice about me
The pencil rotating very swiftly around each finger... of both hands. I'm dexterous, which is good since I use a keyboard for work and pleasure.

Odd noises. I make them. I whistle and hum and click in a variety of ways. Sometimes I sound like Yoda.

The hats. I wear funny hats.

My insulin pump. I have type 1 diabetes, use an insulin pump, and pursue a rather aggressive treatment plan. Most people think it's a pager, which makes them surprisingly suspicious of me. I write software on the side to help myself manage things, which hopefully will benefit lots of people. I spend a lot of time thinking about this, and against my initial desires it's become an overarching theme in life.

I'm slow to speak and often quiet, and prefer listening to you while we're doing something together, so it helps if you're quite talkative. :-)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I listen to a lot of NPR. My favorite time of the week is Saturday morning, when I can wake up without an alarm clock, start up NPR, make some coffee and play piano for hours. I'll read some new Bach, Brahms, or Mendelssohn, then rip out some Debussy and lots of Barber. Then I'll play a bunch of pop tunes just for fun. If it's just me I'll have some oatmeal with raisins, berries, cinnamon, and perhaps some eggs.

I watch a lot of TED talks and sometimes follow up with papers and specs if they're interesting. I haven't read many books lately. When I curl up with a book in bed, I just fall asleep. However, I loved Snowcrash and friends, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and lots of other fiction and fantasy when I was a kid. These days most reading is on a screen of some kind, and most of it is rather utilitarian. This makes me a bit sad; when I was growing up, there was a phase where I was paid for every book I read, followed by another phase where I was told to stop reading and do my homework, already.

Fantasy these days comes from the likes of Battlestar Galactica. Recently saw most of Deadwood and liked it. I've watched Shopgirl and Boondock Saints multiple times each.

I'm not a vegetarian or anything, but I love lentils and quinoa. I try to align my tastes with what is good for me.
Six things I could never do without
Whistling, coffee, a piano within easy reach, imagination, opportunities to show compassion, an interesting problem to ponder.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My next meal: what it will be, when, and who I will enjoy it with.

How to sublimate compassion in engineering, how to communicate more effectively, how to focus on what needs to be done. ;-)

On doing and the nature of practice:
prassein - means to get a goal through removing obstacles. The doing of things in such a way as to affect the actor. The effect of the things produced affects the actor. Often through repetition.
prattein - pragmatic handling of stuff

poiein , poiesis - a maker of a type of stuff, to make or do stuff. Fueled by a drive to do so. A clock maker makes clocks, a poet makes verses, a baker makes cakes, a hacker writes code, and a painter paints because they must. They continue to do it again and again the process of which produces increasingly refined stuff. The natural concrete stuff made throughout the practice of a craft. Bibliopoesy - maker of books.

poietai - to lead into creation, ephemeral... to make bread or music.
praktikoi - to make permanent, babies, building, fruit of tree?
On a typical Friday night I am
Practicing piano, hanging out at the office, yoga or acroyoga, attempting a first date. Hacking or reading: Friday nights are not special, except I don't feel guilty about avoiding bedtime because I can sleep in with impunity on Saturday.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I --rarely-- shed a tear watching movies. For some reason I try not to, but during some one will appear. However, I always shed tears watching interviews with Gustavo Dudamel and the work he does with children.
You should message me if
If you'd eventually like to play instruments and sing songs with me; play at acroyoga, or cook a meal together.

Tea would be fine in the mean time. I might even play ukulele while we chat.
The two of us