sonderfall
37San Francisco, United States
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My self-summary
I am curious and love stimulating conversations about almost anything. I am happy, with a wonderful set of friends and an active social life. I love my hobbies, which are often adventurous. I’m very honest, sometimes to a fault. I am growing, intellectually, emotionally and in my adventure skills.

I can seem hard on the outside but I’m cuddly and romantic on the inside.
What I’m doing with my life
Learning. Having interesting conversations. Trying to make the world better.

I was a software engineer for a long time, and still love the work. These days I'm trying to help with climate change, primarily by investing (other people's money) in nuclear fusion startups.

Preparing for a zombie apocalypse. I'm partly joking but a lot of my hobbies can be thought of this way, including urban exploration, martial arts and survival skills.

Unrelated to that, I hike, back-country ski, etc.
I’m really good at
Asking lots of questions, seeing the world in different ways. Surprising people, even when they have known me for a long time.
The first things people usually notice about me
That they can't figure out where I'm from because of my strange accent. Almost everyone asks about this very quickly.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Possibly my favorite book ever is The Beginning of Infinity, which is a somewhat rambling but fascinating theory about how we (as a society) learn things, the requirements for doing so, this history of doing so and speculation about the future of knowledge.

I also enjoyed A Farewell to Alms, which examines the origins of the industrial revolution and why it happened where and when it did. Fascinating stuff if you ask me.

As for movies, I like intelligent scary movies, just about any decent romantic comedy and secret-agent movies. I think that Burn Notice could not appeal to me more if it were designed specifically for me.
Six things I could never do without
Stimulating conversation
Close trustworthy friends
Interesting work
Impactful work
Martial arts and exercise
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The world: What's the right way to address climate change? And population growth? If you could change something about how American democracy works, what would it be?

I listen to a lot of audio books and lectures. I can almost always talk your ear off about the interesting things that I have learned recently.

I'm constantly curious about the world. Is western democracy on a decline? How can we fix it? Will AI kill us? What would I do if I had good VR/AR hardware?

How can software be better? How can we collaborate more effectively?

How can I communicate more effectively?

I'm often thinking about the next fun class to take. Some recent classes I have taken are urban escape and evasion, driving in emergency situations, wilderness survival, relationship communication and hippy energetics. (I think that I felt hippy energy but I still don't believe that it's mystical.)

Also, I think about how to enter abandoned buildings and how to reduce the weight of the gear that I need when backpacking.
On a typical Friday night I am
Seeing friends, going to a talk or maybe on my way to a trip. It's pretty varied.
You should message me if
If you are intellectually energetic and love discussing all kinds of topics, I want to hear from you!
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