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My self-summary
Funemployed rock climber redecorates apartment and learns to play the drums while contemplating the nature of life and career. Exciting stuff.
What I’m doing with my life
I just spent four years writing software (mostly UI) at Tesla Motors, but right now, I'm spending some time on all the stuff I was too busy to do while I was working. Extended rock climbing trips. Kondoing my apartment and redecorating. Learning to play the drums. International travel. Creative projects and open-ended exploration of whatever seems compelling. Basically, keeping myself fed, fit, happy, and creatively stimulated while the other 90% of the iceberg grinds away at the existential questions regarding What To Do.

I'm recovering from a finger injury I had late last year, so my climbing goals are modest; I want to travel to distant crags, spend more time out on rock, and feel strong again. One big goal is to climb some big walls, both partnered and rope solo.

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.
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
How does that quote from High Fidelity go? "It's not what you like, but what you are like that's important"? I think that sort of applies to everything below. The stuff I like might say something about me, but the non-listy commentary that explains how/why I like it hopefully tells you the important part.

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. Lately, I've been listening to Ex Hex, RAC, CHVRCHES, School of Seven Bells, Purity Ring, and Christine and the Queens. 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.
Sleater-Kinney is my favorite band of all time. I appreciate a good mash-up.

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 play video games, but I don't think there's been anything I've truly enjoyed since the beginning of the current console generation. Bioshock Infinite and The Last of Us were probably the last games that really did it for me. 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.
The six things I could never do without
quality down products (sleeping bag and jacket when out and about, pillow and comforter when in civilization)
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.

The inner workings of mechanical wristwatches.

Ringlocks. I'm really bad at them.

How do I play this song on the drums?
On a typical Friday night I am
No idea. The great thing about funemployment is that every day is Saturday and every night is Friday night.
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, genuine enthusiasm for something, people with real taste (even if it doesn't match my own), and critical thought.

Please don't be planning to internet murder me.