I used to hang out on LessWrong back when it was cool. If you don't know what that is, you should probably read "I Can Tolerate Anything Except The Outgroup" on Slate Star Codex, and if you thought it was good you might want to date me.
The other reason you might want to date me is that I really like songwriting, and if you're into that too maybe we should hang out and discuss it. Examples of things I enjoy talking about:
- Many pop songs have choruses which can naturally be split into five lines, even though the number of bars in the chorus is usually a power of two. This is so that the chorus can start with a hook that comes in before the chorus starts, and finish with a hook that goes past the end of the chorus.
- To what extent does practicing instrumentalism help your songwriting?
- If you want to write songs which tell complicated stories, how should you balance the complexity between verses and choruses? Presumably you want your choruses to be much lyrically simpler than your verses, otherwise their repetition becomes tiresome. But how do you fit in a lyrically simple chorus in with a lyrically complex verse?
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.
Blogs: Slate Star Codex, hotelconcierge.tumblr.com, 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.
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 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.
If you're a man, please message me and talk me into going on a date with you.
Or 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!