joelcmiller
28 Brighton, United States
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My self-summary
Moved to Boston in 2012 and I'm loving it. Grew up in Northern CA, and went to college at UCLA, where I studied computer science and electrical engineering. I live in Brighton and I'm holding down a software development job in the Financial District. I can occasionally get a little wrapped up in work, but I enjoy it so who cares?

I'm a huge foodie, and I love trying new things; I'll eat anything once, just for the experience if nothing else. I also enjoy cooking, especially for friends. Growing up in California gave me an appreciation for excellent wines, but I also enjoy a tasty beer, as well as nicely aged scotch or bourbon.

Spontaneous travel is one of my favorite things; one of my last trips out of the country was to Japan, booked ten days in advance with essentially no plan, and it was one of the best trips of my life. I intend on doing that as much as I can in the future!

And since everyone else is putting their Myers-Briggs up: ENTP
What I’m doing with my life
Software Engineer at the moment. I'm considering going for a masters at some point (MBA or technical, haven't decided yet). Eventually, I'd love to start my own company.
I’m really good at
Cooking, skiing, swimming, photography, finding cool restaurants, wordplay, fixing your computer.
The first things people usually notice about me
That my hair is quite curly.

Or, if it's snowing, that I have the maturity of a six year old with regards to snow. I don't care if it turns into nasty slush as soon as it hits the ground. It's snow, and it's wonderful.

Or, if I'm consuming something particularly delicious, that I'm possibly making odd noises that indicate my satisfaction with said culinary delight. Other's responses to this in the past have included:
- "Uhhh...?"
- "Dude, are you getting aroused by that?"
- "JESUS GOD WE KNOW SHUT UP YOU DO THAT EVERY TIME"
- "Sure, it's tasty but... wow.."
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Authors & Books: Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, Orson Scott Card, Ayn Rand, Tolkien, Iain M. Banks, G.R.R. Martin, Alastair Reynolds, Stephen Baxter, Brandon Sanderson, James S.A. Corey, Peter F. Hamilton
Kite Runner, Without Remorse, Mastering the Art of French Cooking
I love that I get to read every day on the way to work now. Not having a car in the city has some benefits...

Movies: Pulp Fiction, American Beauty, The Usual Suspects, Django Unchained, The Wrath of Khan (ST2), The Departed, The Kings Speech, LA Confidential, The Prestige, 21, Serenity, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Top Gun, Senna, Die Hard, End of Watch, Star Wars (IV - VII), Inglorious Basterds (ok, fine, I'm a fan of pretty much all Tarantino films), most of the Bond films (though I don't love Roger Moore's portrayal), The Dark Knight, Layer Cake, Guardians of the Galaxy

Shows: Top Gear, Suits, Breaking Bad, The Office, New Girl, Sherlock, How I Met Your Mother, House of Cards, Battlestar Galactica, No Reservations, Top Chef, Rick and Morty, Bojack Horseman, Better Call Saul, The Americans, The Man in the High Castle, Mr. Robot
Note: Really not a fan of reality tv shows. They are the cancer that is killing America. If an example of this genre comes up as a conversation topic, I will likely become visibly irritated while making a couple of derisive comments, and then immediately and very obviously change the subject.

Music: I was brought up on the classics (Led Zep, Hendrix, The Who, The Doors, etc.), so that's always a fallback for me. Lately I've just been trolling around random playlists on spotify, and listening to anything that catches my interest. I tend to avoid rap and country, but am pretty equal opportunity about everything else (yes, cliche. but i don't care). Used to play piano, and I'm now kicking myself for ever stopping... but I still love to go to the symphony from time to time.

Food: I love trying new cuisines and dishes, and will give pretty much anything a shot. I'm not picky; it's more about the quality of ingredients and the skill and care of preparation than what it's actually made out of.
P.S., I love cooking! It's science for hungry people.
The six things I could never do without
Family, my intellect, my closest friends, modern plumbing (camping's fun, but not for the rest of my life), central heating (I'm in Boston; I'd die in the winter), my phone.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Places I should travel to.
The future. Not so much my own, but more how the world's going to shape up in the next few decades.
Cool new technologies. It's kind of my career, so I can't really help it...
The sheer statistical improbability of the universe having physical laws laid out just so, and our planet forming exactly as it did, and the fact that evolution brought us to a point where we have gained not only sentience, but civilization, art, politics, mastery of science, and so on. I could trip out all day on this stuff. Some people have religion; I have science.
On a typical Friday night I am
Either enjoying a tasty new restaurant I've heard about or at a bar with some friends, and then whatever else the night entails. Alternatively, if I'm feeling lazy, curling up with a good book or an interesting movie.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I can do an excellent imitation of a wookie, as well as a frighteningly good gollum impression. you tricksy hobbitses.
You should message me if
- You like finding delicious new restaurants/cafes/bars/etc.
- You enjoy stimulating conversation on a variety of topics
- You won't be alarmed if I suddenly geek out on something random
- You are not opposed to going on spontaneous and awesome trips
- You enjoy having delicious meals cooked for you, but aren't afraid to help out in the kitchen either
- You can appreciate an excellent bottle of wine
- You enjoy going on long and interesting drives (I've driven cross country twice, and loved it both times)
- You have a dog and I can be friends with your dog because I love dogs and dogs are the best :D
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