23Oakland, United States
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My self-summary
I am very interested in my interests. Sometimes when I'm on OkCupid, I forget that I'm looking at my own profile and I see some of the keywords and I get really excited that I've run across another Bryan Caplan fan or something, and then I feel all disappointed.

I really like economics, math, physics, teaching, the happiness of strangers, and songwriting. I am unusually reluctant to make fun of ideas, even if they're pretty deplorable.

My ideal date goes like this: We meet up, we talk about our interests, I teach you something, you teach me something. If you like singing, we'd also sing songs together.

Keywords: rationalism, effective altruism, poly
What I’m doing with my life
Working at a for profit company by day, learning about physics and philosophy of mind by night.
I’m really good at
teaching, relative pitch, setting my life up in ways that make it easy for me to do things that I want to do without applying effort, getting excited about topics and spending all my spare time learning about them.
The first things people usually notice about me
My Australian accent and my hair.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music: I listen to a lot of music from a wide variety of genres. Here's a selection of stuff I've been enjoying recently: Jeff Rosenstock (the album "WORRY" is amazing!), LCD Soundsystem, the soundtrack of Hamilton, Lemon Demon, Mouth Sounds/Silence/Moods, Ball Park Music (their new album is pretty great!), Streetlight Manifesto, The Smith Street Band, Dear and the Headlights, Courtney Barnett, World/Inferno Friendship Society, Chromeo, Fun Machine, of Montreal, Bomb The Music Industry!, Prelow, Miguel, Charly Bliss, PUP, AJJ. At the risk of arrogance, I also enjoy my own music--it's optimized for my own sense of humor and my musical aesthetics, so it's unsurprising that I like it.

Blogs: Slate Star Codex,, Bryan Caplan (even though I disagree with him a lot), Meteuphoric.

Novels: The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Robbins, Jasper Fforde, HPMOR

Nonfiction: Griffiths' QM book, Skiena's Algorithm Design Manual, The Little Book Of Semaphores, Chalmers' "Consciousness Explained"

TV Shows: I enjoyed Avatar: the Last Airbender and Firefly. I'm slowly working my way through Buffy at the moment. I've seen two episodes of Black Mirror and really enjoyed them.

Food: I'm fairly easy to please (uh, except for being vegan). My favorite Bay Area restaurant is probably Asmara Restaurant on Telegraph Ave in Oakland.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Effective altruism, animal rights, physics, songs I'm working on, consciousness.
On a typical Friday night I am
Spending time with someone I'm dating, or staying up ridiculously late working on something.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I think polyamory is a bad idea for most people, including plausibly most poly people. Polyamory incentivizes several bad dating practices, and I think you have to consciously work quite hard to prevent it from slowly pushing you towards more mediocre relationships.

I have convinced previously monogamous people to date me polyamorously in the past, and I think that I wasn't nearly careful enough to cynically investigate my own motivations while I was telling them that polyamory is great.
You should message me if
you want to play music with me or date me.

If you're a man, I normally won't message you first, sorry: I feel much more passively attracted to men than women. I'm most interested in men who are more knowledgeable than I am about some field I'm interested in, eg most of the hard sciences, economics, songwriting, and some parts of analytic philosophy. I'll be much more likely to want to date you if I think I'll be able to learn this stuff from you.

Alternatively, feel free to message me if you're in the rationalist or EA scenes (or would like to be) and want to say hi! Or if you want to talk about data structures or physics or economics!
The two of us