seirei
32 Manhattan, 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 psychology, and I'm really excited to bring it (hopefully!) to the masses.
I’m really good at
Reading really, really fast. Empathy. Slack-jawed wonder at cool science 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
I have giant blue eyes. Also a very distinctive walk--I strut through life!
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) I don't watch a ton of TV, but when I do--Doctor Who, Sherlock, Hannibal, any program about physics (bonus for quantum) or tricks of human nature, Bob's Burgers, 30 Rock, other silly things

(d) Opera (faves are Lucia di Lammermoor and Rigoletto), Iron and Wine, Sia, Jeff Buckley, Massive Attack, Jay-Z, Florence and the Machine, Sneaker Pimps, Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Vivaldi, David Bowie, The Postal Service, Metric, Dntel, Death Cab for Cutie

(e) White-flesh peaches, salmon sashimi, udon noodles, steak (medium-rare please!)
The 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--I've really gotten into working out in the last 6 months, and it's been incredibly gratifying.
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'm excited to try out upon my return to urbanity.

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.
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably enjoying a low-key evening with a couple of friends, taking a night to myself, or sipping a glass of wine downtown. 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 am busying myself 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 passionate to find out where that might be. Alternatively (or additionally), you want to learn about cryptography. Ah, the Vigenère cipher!
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