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

I used to hang out on LessWrong back when it was cool. If you don't know what that is, maybe read "I Can Tolerate Anything Except The Outgroup" on Slate Star Codex, and if you thought it was good you might want to hang out with me.

Also, I really like songwriting, and if you're also into that maybe we should hang out and discuss it.


I’m often turned off by strong, unnuanced political opinions. People who identify unreservedly as “anti-capitalist” or similar things tend to be pretty unpleasant for me to be around. If you loudly signal leftism on your profile, I will be reluctant to message you or respond to your message.

I’ll be much more likely to answer your message if you answer this question: If I put a $2 sales tax on a good which has price inelastic demand but price elastic supply, do we expect the burden of the tax to be mostly borne by consumers or producers?

If you don’t know the answer but want to learn this stuff, I recommend Khan Academy’s economics track. If you don't quite understand the question, feel free to message me for clarification.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a hardcore utilitarian, so my main goal is to reduce suffering and increase happiness. I am currently doing that by earning to give. I work at a startup doing a little bit of programming and a lot of other things that are related to programming.

I also write music. If I didn't care about other people, my plan would probably be to work as an engineer for a couple years, until I could comfortably live while working part-time or remotely, and then I'd try to become a professional songwriter.
I’m really good at
teaching, relative pitch, thinking about data structures, setting my life up in ways that make it easy for me to do things that I want to do without applying effort.
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, Demi Lovato's first album, Bomb The Music Industry!, Prelow, Miguel, Charly Bliss.

Blogs: Slate Star Codex,, Bryan Caplan, Meteuphoric.

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

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: it serves delicious and cheap Ethiopian food.
Six things I could never do without
I have a lot of fairly unusual beliefs. I would be very lonely if I didn't know anyone who cared about similar things to me. It would be hard to do without such people; luckily I have many of them.

I just spent a week staying in a house which didn't have any musical instruments, and I got really antsy from not being able to play music properly. So musical instruments are another thing.

I really do love programming. I would be very sad to live without the opportunity to think about computer science and all the beautiful areas of math connected to it.

Over the last year, I've become accustomed to sleeping in very dark rooms, and now I have trouble sleeping in bright rooms. So, curtains.

I spend a lot of time calling people, and whenever I don't have my headset with me someone always wants to call me. So I basically carry that around with me wherever I go now.

I could live without it, but I really do love public transport. Cars are unpleasant and scary. I grew up in Townsville, Australia, where the public transport is quite limited, so the Bay Area feels like public transport heaven to me.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Effective altruism, animal rights, economics, 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. I know how to play all of Hamilton on piano; I'd love to hang out and sing your favorite bits!

If you're a man, I probably 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 economics!
The two of us