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My self-summary
Mathematics grad student, ex-programmer, compulsive reader, displaced New Englander.
What I’m doing with my life
Studying math in grad school. Which translates to 10% studying, 25% frantic homework completion, 5% grading papers, and 60% wasting time.
I’m really good at
Purportedly good at math, but I usually wish I were better.

I'm also good at sucking up a little information about a lot of things. Which means I often know enough to get myself into trouble, but not enough to get myself back out.

By December, I will hopefully know a lot (numerically) about how cockroaches run across ceilings.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'd lie, but it's probably the ponytail.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I have a special place in my life for Neal Stephenson's novels, but admittedly I mostly read non-fiction. This summer I read through a mass of Terry Pratchett novels. I have a preference for his Ankh-Morpok books. The last non-fiction book for fun I finished was Delusions of Gender (Cordelia Fine). Right now I'm reading "To End All Wars". I have a queue of books to start of finish of unknown length.

Radiohead is my favorite band. Lately I've been listening to the Glitch Mob, Ida Maria, the Black Keys, and the Tron soundtrack (which you should give a listen to, even if you thought the movie was meh). When I was young, I played violin, and still like classical, even if I don't listen to it often.

I have been cooking more lately, trying to figure out how to balance interesting cooking and easy cooking. I made yogurt recently, which made me feel a bit like a mad scientist. Fall and winter are two of my favorite seasons, and I love fall and winter foods (stews, roasts, baked things, etc). I'm not a vegetarian, but my latest thing has been to be vegetarian during weekdays. I'm not sure how the experiment will turn out. My appreciation for tofu has been increasing rapidly.
Six things I could never do without
Water, Food, and Air.
Something to read
My girlfriend, vitupera
My computer
My family
My friends
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Glancing at my computer lists suggests I think (or read) a lot about computers, science, politics, demographics, atheism, and sexual politics.

I'm paid to think about mathematics. This semester, it's cockroachs, probability, homology, and what exactly it is that I want to do with the rest of my (mathematical) life.
On a typical Friday night I am
Either wasting my time on the internet, or wasting my time trying to get homework done.
You should message me if
If you get in debates about handwriting or typography. If you want to talk about geeky things. If you like coffee.

On the internet, I can usually be found as @snarkyxanf
The two of us