kurtoskalacs
26 Los Angeles, United States
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My self-summary
Hi, I'm Sam! I just moved back to the States after some years working in Hong Kong, and I'm looking for friends in the area. I like being around clever people with interesting stories!

The biggest influences on my diction are Homestar Runner, Wizard People Dear Reader, and "TV Party" by Black Flag.
What I’m doing with my life
Making robot toys, reading, watching films. Open to suggestions for more stuff!
I’m really good at
Trying new things! Linguistics, math and science, traveling the world, Scrabble, watching movies.

I'm good at going out with people I know well. I'm trying to get better at the whole socializing-with-new-folks thing.
The first things people usually notice about me
If we're in my apartment, you'll probably notice my 3D printer right away. Otherwise...my...sincerity?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
BOOKS: White Noise, Last Chance to See, A Confederacy of Dunces, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Ask the Dust, The Geometry of Pasta, Signals and Systems by Oppenheim/Willsky/Nawab. My favorite Shakespeare play is Love's Labour's Lost.

MOVIES: Bin-Jip, The White Diamond, Do The Right Thing, Brick, The Big Lebowski, The Blues Brothers, Fargo, Dr. Strangelove, Apocalypse Now Redux, Fitzcarraldo, Tampopo, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, True Romance, Inland Empire, Mulholland Drive, Fast Cheap and Out of Control, Grosse Pointe Blank...

SHOWS: The Thick of It, QI, Food Jammers, Twin Peaks

MUSIC: New wave, indie rock, classic rock, alternative, some metal. My all-time favorite artists are: Sparks, Steely Dan, David Bowie, The Hold Steady, and Wall of Voodoo.

FOOD: I like food! I'll try just about anything. Also, I love fancy cakes, especially baumkuchen and kürtőskalács (hence the username).
The six things I could never do without
1. My laptop. I've forgotten what it's like to not be doing research or working on an electronics design project.
2. People to talk to! Sometimes I get lonely. Okay, a lot of the time I get lonely.
3. Caffeine. Is that a contrived answer? It sounds a little contrived. Oh well.
4. Movies. I've cut back, now I'm only watching 2-3 films a week.
5. Things to do. If I don't have a personal project or a grad school assignment handy, I kind of fall apart.
6. My 3D Printer, Melissa. She has a few battle scars but has shown me nothing but dedicated service over the years.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Math, robots, puzzles, cinema, language. I like coming up with and laying out projects to do, even though I'm always working on one from much much earlier.
On a typical Friday night I am
probably not going out. But maybe going out! Who knows??
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Sometimes I feel like putting something funny here, sometimes I feel like it's inappropriate to put something funny here. Rather than edit it every day, I invite you to just ask me! I'm not shy.
You should message me if
Drop me a line if you think you and I could make some good, interesting conversation!

OR if you're willing to throw down and play Scrabble (with trash talk, of course)
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