seirei
33Manhattan, United States
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My self-summary
I'm silly, sometimes stoic, endlessly curious and kind. I love riddles and hefty books, and I have a smokin' lexicon. I tend to overtip.
What I’m doing with my life
Back in Manhattan after grad school. So very excited to be here.

I'm currently working on building a start-up based around empathy education, awareness, and skill-building. I became passionate about the value and necessity of empathy while studying and practicing psychology, and I'm really excited to bring it (hopefully!) to the masses.

There's a lot more to it, but I'll leave the rest for a real conversation. :)
I’m really good at
Reading really fast. Empathy. Slack-jawed wonder at cool science videos/helpless giggling at cute animal videos. Solving puzzles, speaking in a pretty passable French accent, speaking in a terrible British accent, eating the icing last, pondering pondering. Grammar.

Alternating between dry wit and nonsensical goofiness.

Genuine interest in those around me.
The first things people usually notice about me
Big blue eyes, masses of dark hair, distinct lack of tentacles. Probably.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
(a) Way too many to list here. A few: Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, e.e. cummings and Tennyson, House of Leaves, The Chess Garden, Drood (amazing fictional history/horror novel about Charles Dickens), Middlesex, graphic novels like Saga and Sandman, Italo Calvino.

(b) The Usual Suspects, Whiplash, The Princess Bride, American Beauty, Magnolia, Jet Li's Hero, Nine Queens, Clue (best ensemble comedy ever...Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd and Tim Curry! Aah!).

(c) Doctor Who, Sherlock, any program about physics (bonus for quantum) or tricks of human nature, Bob's Burgers, 30 Rock, other silly things. Low-key in love with Steven Universe.

(d) Metric, Iron and Wine, Joanna Newsom, Sia, Jeff Buckley, Massive Attack, Jay-Z, Florence and the Machine, Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Vivaldi, Death Cab for Cutie, Lorde....and so on forever :) I love the era of streaming music.

(e) White-flesh peaches, salmon sashimi, udon noodles, steak (medium-rare please!)
Six things I could never do without
1. Introspection
2. Moments of pure unadulterated goofiness
3. Friends and fam--trite but true
4. The "aha!" moment
5. iPad while traveling: so many books in so little space! (seven-year-old me would be so jealous)
6. The gym. It's so cool to see how the body changes and grows stronger, faster, etc! Plus, delicious endorphins.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Puzzles. Games, mysteries, cryptography, intrigue, etc. I want to hear the music of the spheres. I'm hopeless.

The approximately seventy kabillion things I want to do in the city.

The weird mishmash of wonderful and horrible that is our world. What I can do to make things a little or a lot better.

...puppies. But can you blame me?
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably enjoying an evening with a couple of friends, taking a night to myself, or sipping a nifty cocktail at a speakeasy bar. I tend to take board games and conversation over bar-hopping, though I have been known to Get Down, etc, upon occasion.

I have a fondness for anything surreal or way out of the ordinary, so I'm always on the lookout for shows/games/events that provide a little vacation from normal life (interactive theater, escape the room games, etc).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I once danced on a bar in Cuzco, Peru, stone-cold sober.

I love antiques, anything with a sense of time and history. I recently bought a 1930's carriage clock and enjoy imagining its travels.

I aim to be skeptical, not cynical.
You should message me if
You maintain a sense of wonder in the face of everything that this crazy world brings. You know yourself, and are confident with the place you're progressing towards--or, at least, you're excited to find out where that might be.

Or, you know, you just want to have a really great conversation and see where that takes us. I'm a big fan of that.
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