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My self-summary
I'll be in Hong Kong from March 27 to June 15! I'm looking for friends, things to do, and people to practice Cantonese with.

Hi, I'm Sam! I just dropped out of an engineering PhD for various reasons. I'm still a Hollywood boy at heart. I like being around clever people with interesting stories!

I try not to be too serious, but I am very open, honest, and clear. I will talk frankly and honestly about sex, relationships, and feelings!
What I’m doing with my life
Reading (language-processing papers, socialist literature, stories about unicorns), flipping out about the future, watching films. Please inquire for more details.
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...I try to tell amusing stories. Like how an accident in Nicolae Ceausescu's secret bear-hunting grounds led to reported monster sightings all over Romania! That's a good icebreaker story.
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: The Deadly Syndrome, Sparks, Steely Dan, David Bowie, The Hold Steady, and Wall of Voodoo.

FOOD: I like food! I've eaten live octopus twice--sorry, cephalopod-lovers and Oldboy-haters! 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
When I'm extremely nervous about a deadline or a meeting or something, I'll dress up way nicer than usual and paint my nails.
You should message me if
I'm 100% serious, I want someone to go with me to Juchheim in Causeway Bay for Baumkuchen. It can be platonic, or a date, whatever. Let's do this.

Or message me 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)