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My self-summary
Hello. I am Torrie.

* An "Engineer"
* Tries to be mellow
* Professional cat herder and FOSS software hacker
* Cuts keys with CNC mills
* Builds robots n shit
* Space Cadet
* Trying to art
* Weird
* Gets kinda yelly
* Not actually from the future

I am currently accepting applications for the positions of arch-rival, partner in crime and plot device. All positions require a minimum of three years experience in dad jokes and a degree in badassery. Partner in crime requires additional on-site experience. Relocation not necessary.

In general, I am boisterous, loud, and usually the one most likely to get in a bar fight and win. I dream bigger than big and usually pull through with it in the end.

Right now I'm working on establishing some permanence in my life again. I moved out to the bay area from Akron, Ohio in mid 2014 when I decided that I just wouldn't get on my flight home.

Since then, I've been involved in the bay area hacker scene nearly every day. My drive is to build intentional communities that make a permanent dent in the universe. Right now I'm focused on Oakland, California. At some point my wanderlust will come back and I'll be elsewhere on the planet. It's really hard for new to sit still.

I talk a lot. I write even more. Sometimes I take pictures. I'm 25% bicycle by volume.

In my spare time I try to do art and pretend I'm a machinist in a machine shop.

My family spans far and wide. They didn't raise me, or adopt me, or birth me, but they love me all the same. There are a lot of people in the world that I care deeply about and I haven't found an upper bound to that number yet.

Relationships are kinda hard for me. I hate the preconceived notions of what "dating" means and refuse to try and label things. Everyone has meaning and no two people relate to me in the same way. I guess I'm single, poly, and looking for people I can be close with.

I strongly identify as femme and my pronouns are she/her/they/them. Don't dude me, bro.

Wouldn't it be great if Oakland had streetcars again??

*rolla around while making fart noises*

There is a very good chance that we have mutual friends. I get around, you see.
What I’m doing with my life
Teaching robots to love and sing, wanting to explore art more, trying to change the world.

If it has a warranty I will void it.

I hack. Ban me.
I’m really good at
* Automotive repair
* Fabrication
* Engineering
* Cat herding
* Seeing the good in all humans
* Getting shit done
* Dreaming big
The first things people usually notice about me
My smile. My tone that magically instills positivity. The way that I fill the lives of others with a bright, bright light.

I am also six feet tall with purple hair. Thats hard to miss.

I've got cool socks that never match. My bike has as much personality as you'd expect it to have and is a big part of my life. My wallet is a binder clip.

I'm really proud of the things I've done
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
This is kind of a crap question. Everyone else lists six categories and then fills them with trivia. I've prepared an alternative statement:

A good way to make me fall head over heels is if you have read The Network Revenant, Why the Willow Weeps, and numerous other nodes. I have a soft spot for futurism and cyborgs, which makes Major Kusanagi one of my heros. Trains are pretty neat especially underground. One day I will become a tree's nutrients and this brings me happiness. Rope is great. I am 20% bicycle by volume. Yes I do all my own stunts.
The six things I could never do without
0. Laptop
1. Weird ass slab of sand from the future
2. Family
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to make things more efficient. I am a hacker, through and through. I have this odd tic of mine, where I quietly grunt while I'm thinking. Friends say it is the gears in my head turning 'round and 'round. There is a very good Dresden Codak comic about this that I feel is a good description of me.

I am unable to sit still for long. Theres always something to be done that can change the world.

Technology can coexist with the natural, and its okay when they don't.
On a typical Friday night I am
Something. Every day is different. Maybe I'll do robots. Maybe go to karaoke, or a friend's, or another city. Perhaps writing, or code. Maybe stay in and enjoy the quiet of my neighborhood.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
MTF transgender. It is simply a minor facet of the complex idea of "Torrie", so its not something I readily talk about nor try to hide. Gender is bullshit anyways.
You should message me if
Any one of:

- You've never been "randomly" searched at airports and want to fix that

- You think I can be figured out.

- You can appreciate the effort that goes into making sure my socks never match.

- I'm just weird enough that you'll say hi :)