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My self-summary
`Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar", every "supreme leader", every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there - on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.' - Sagan
What I’m doing with my life
I'm taking a sabbatical from a PhD program to work at a startup.Working with some friends at a GPS hardware startup. Spending time with people I care about.

I think a lot about the future and my place in society as a technical person. We live in the Anthropocene, and I find that both exciting and terrifying.
I’m really good at
making lists, checking them twice.

coming to grips with my own mortality.

... pretending like I know what I'm doing.
The first things people usually notice about me
"Where did the rest of you go?"

I've been frequently complemented on the unusually vertical nature of my hair. Nope, I don't know why it does that either.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books (recent): Infinite Jest, The Origins of Political Order, Ficciones, Stories of Your Life and Others, Momofuku, Teatro Grottesco, Speak, Memory, The Master and Margareta, Newton and the Counterfeiter, On Food and Cooking, Real World Haskell, SICP, On Lisp, Quantum Statistical Properties of Radiation, anything by R. Emerson or W.H. Auden.

Internet Reading: Metafilter, Reddit, Boing Boing , NYTimes,The Economist, New York Review of Books, arXiv, Arts and Letters Daily, Hacker News, Arstechnica, SMBC, Perry Bible Fellowship, xkcd...

Movies: My current favorite old movies are Touch of Evil, Arsenic and Old Lace, and The Lady from Shanghai. For something recent, I'd say it's a toss-up between There Will Be Blood, The Thing, and The Grand Budapest Hotel. I really like kitschy horror from the 1980s, Coen brothers' and John Hughes' films, and anime (e.g., Miyazaki: Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind; Satoshi Kon: Paprika; Ghost in the Shell, Akira, etc.).

Shows: I've listened to Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me on NPR almost every Saturday since 1998.

Games: Japanese RPGs, particularly Final Fantasy (IV on SNES -> XII), Metal Gear Solid (1->4), Xenogears, and all these emulated ones (like Tales of Phantasia) that never came out in the US. Way back in grade school, I rocked Windows 95 and every non-FPS PC adventure game I could get my hand on: Myst, Riven, Betrayal at Antara, Age of Empires 2, Deus Ex, etc. I have fond memories of Math Blaster. For physical games: Xactika, chess, Settlers of Catan, and chess.

Music: I gravitate towards international vocalists, electronic music, film soundtracks, classical music (almost entirely Russian composers), progressive rock, and classic/revival genres (e.g., jazz and `neo-jazz', whatever that means).

Foods: vegetables, ethnic foods, New American, anything homemade. I generally don't eat sweets, but I do shower them on others. I cook a lot, and have surprisingly long-term goals about getting better at it.
Six things I could never do without
friends; honesty/responsibility/integrity; stimulation; self-actualizationpurpose; "home"; objective notions of reality; a strong grip on my own mortality; exercise/physical activity; Unix
I spend a lot of time thinking about
synthesis; hypotheticals; lateral applications of physics to engineeringcomputer science to social problems; community; cooking and food science; humanism; functional programming; current events; our emerging cyberpunk future; political economics and science/technology, and their effects on society; metalearning skills; discopharmacology.
On a typical Friday night I am
... weightlifting in my backyard.

Once, in a moment of mania and dire existential crisis, I walked into every corner store and bodega between 16th Street/Mission and Bernal Heights. When did Mission turn into fucking Disneyland?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit

Fake handles are a terrible way of remaining anonymous.

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This profile is horribly, horriblyslightly out of date.
You should message me if
... you want to see a movie at the Castro Theatre, or like wandering for hours through the many empty paths in our beautiful city or East Bay.

... you have strong opinions about how soup dumplings or falafel should be made.

... you know a good word for `something imaginary, reified.'
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