ny_mathguy
28 Manhattan, United States
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My self-summary
Moving to NY was the easiest decision of my life.

I'm a mathematician and an economist with a penchant for numbers, patterns, and behavioral papers. You'll often find me digressing over an academic article, or a mathematical fact.

I've lived around the world, and still go overseas a few times a year on fun adventures. If you have an interesting travel story, I'd love to hear it!
What I’m doing with my life
I have an exciting and somewhat stressful trading job. I have to stay aware of what's going on in the world in real time and make investment decisions on the go.

I founded, and still manage, a pro bono consulting NGO in my home country. This year marked our fifth anniversary (the party was worth the trip).

Otherwise, I'm constantly contemplating going back to school in order to learn more about Artificial Intelligence.
I’m really good at
Being philosophical on Sunday afternoons.
Math.
(Both are related.)

I like to be in control. I'm calm, cool, and collected under pressure (fitbit says I have a low resting heart rate). Because of my job, I've learned to stay patient, and absorb everything around me before making a decision. I think that this has made me a great listener.
The first things people usually notice about me
I guess that it's my accent. I'm a foreigner and I'm surrounded by people from all around the world at work (who are shouting at each other most of the time... don't worry, it's fun!). Somehow, we all developed some sort of "common accent" that seems to be from nowhere.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Favorite Authors: Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, Neruda, and Hemingway.

Movies: Primer, Memento, The Lives of Others, Cinema Paradiso, The Godfather (I and II only), Scent of a Woman, Watchmen.

Music: I love concerts! Spotify-wise, it seems like my favorite artists are Max Richter, Dustin O'Halloran, Ray Charles, Jamie Cullum, Daft Punk, Rachmaninoff, Muse, Parov Stelar, and Kygo.

Shows: Game of Thrones, Hannibal, Sherlock, Breaking Bad, and House of Cards. I just watched Stranger Things and loved it.

Food: Mexican (authentic), French red wine, Belgian beer (or Imperial IPAs), and Scotch. *Note to future-self: make this less of a drinks section.
The six things I could never do without
The excitement of traveling somewhere for the first time (I don't know how I would feel without my worn-out passport). Always being in the middle of a good book. The smell of coffee in the mornings, and red wine in the evenings. A good soundtrack for different situations. My passion for numbers.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My next trip.

The Cantor Set.

Markov chains and their applications to human behavior.

What is time? Is it simply a measure of entropy? An evolutionary construct that helps us make sense of our sensory experiences? Does the future exist, or is it constantly being created/destroyed?
On a typical Friday night I am
I like to go for dinner to some place that Yelp highly recommends. Then there is an equal probability of drinks (most likely around the East Village), staying home playing the piano, or catching a NY Philharmonic concert.

Sometimes I just go on a long walk or bike ride around the city and take photographs.
You should message me if
You'd like to explore delicious restaurants and interesting bars with me. You want to have a stimulating conversation about literature, travel, or philosophy. Or if you just want to spend Sunday nights watching something good (or bad) in the most comfortable clothes we own.
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