slcd
36San Francisco, United States
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My self-summary
Funemployed rock climber redecorates apartment, writes chatbots, avoids accidental electrocution, and learns to play the drums while contemplating the nature of life and career. Exciting stuff.

I'm a very curious person. If I find out that you're an expert at something, I will ask you questions until you start to wonder if I'm secretly plotting to steal your identity and take over your life (answer: maybe).

I believe the four right chords could make me cry, as all San Franciscans should.
What I’m doing with my life
I used to write the user-facing aspects of software that ran on computers, mobile devices, and electric cars. I'm currently funemployed: going on climbing trips, building my own DIY stereo equipment, and writing natural language processing software, for "fun". Eventually, I'll have to either go back to work or figure out how to turn my current activities into money that pays bills, but I'm still figuring out that whole "What To Do" thing. I'm also learning to play the drums.

You may have noticed that I'm pro-Oxford comma. I don't see the point in arguing about it, but I'll allow it to be the subject of angry sex.

Also, I just started drinking coffee for the first time in my life. I have no idea what I'm doing.Nevermind. I own an espresso machine now. This probably says something about me.
I’m really good at
Absorbing information and working with my hands. Recently: taking naps and day drinking.
The first things people usually notice about me
No idea. Elderly asian women think I'm handsome, so I guess I have that going for me.

A man on the MUNI complimented my shoes the other day. He then started a long rant about the British Banking Illuminati, so that may discount the value of his opinion.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I recently read The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman. It's kind of like college-aged depressive Harry Potter meets Chronicles of Narnia with ruminations on getting older and what it means to become an adult. There's a TV show on SyFy based on it and it's a pretty good adaptation. I enjoyed the most recent William Gibson novel; I hope it's the beginning of a new series. I really liked The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, but it left me with a sense of melancholy that I don't think I'll understand until I read it again. I'm also technically re-reading Susan Sontag's On Photography, but let's just say that progress is slow.

I have a voracious appetite for music, though sometimes that means I'll listen to the same album on repeat for 3 weeks straight (Lemonade, anyone?). Currently, I've got the new RAC album on repeat. I also enjoy a lot of embarrassing pop music. Max Martin kind of pop music. If you don't know who that is, Google him. I'll wait.
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That being said, my pop tastes have been trending left-field and Nordic lately. There's also a long list of music that I like that will probably, at some point, intersect with your idea of good taste. Sleater-Kinney is my favorite band of all time. I appreciate a good mash-up. I'm currently in love with the podcast Song Exploder.

TV: Archer, Rick and Morty, Orphan Black, iZombie, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Expanse. No longer on the air: Veronica Mars, 30 Rock, Firefly, Community, Parks and Rec.

I love the 60's MOMA school of photography (Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, William Eggleston, etc). The Americans is one of my favorites. I also like Eugène Atget. As for contemporary photographers, Nikki S. Lee does some really interesting work. At one point in my life, I assumed that I would have an MFA in photography by now.

Is it delicious? I will eat it. I'm usually fine eating around other people's dietary preferences, but if you're a diabetic vegan with Celiac disease, you may just have to watch me eat poisonous, morally reprehensible food.

I play video games. The most recent things that I've played and enjoyed are Prey and Horizon. Overwatch is my current PVP of choice. I love narrative, but I also really appreciate good mechanics and the appeal of grind. I'd love to have critical conversations about the medium, but it's not something a lot of people that I know think about from an academic perspective, or at all.
Six things I could never do without
quality down products (sleeping bag and jacket when out and about, pillow and comforter when in civilization)
headphones
camera
national parks pass
tasty food
a good belayer.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Interior decorating. I recently got rid of all the IKEA furniture that I've had since I graduated from college and am slowly replacing it with Real Adult Furniture. Since I live alone, it only gets done when I do it myself.

Ringlocks. I'm really bad at them.

How do I play this song on the drums?
On a typical Friday night I am
The answer to this question used to be "probably driving to Yosemite". Now that my schedule is a little less... structured, the answer is along the lines of "listening to records at home", "out being social", or "already at some climbing destination".
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm not sure I get lonely like most people; I can spend a lot of time by myself.

I think I have an extra muscle in my tongue that nobody else seems to have.
You should message me if
You think we could have an interesting conversation. I enjoy absurd humor and genuine enthusiasm for things. My favorite people are the ones that care a little more than most people think is healthy.

Could your record collection beat up my record collection? Want to teach me how to use a CNC machine? :)

Please don't be planning to internet murder me.
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