My goal in life is to make the world a better place. If all goes well I'm planning to start a company based on my research, make a lot of money by providing useful services to people, and then give away most of that money to well-selected charities.
Along the way, I want to enjoy everything the Bay Area has to offer -- great food, a beautiful landscape, and a wonderful community of intelligent, caring people. I live in a community house with seven other people, and am loving it. All of us are into science, technology, and effective altruism, and our house feels like a cross between a tech startup incubator and a close-knit family.
Endurance sports and outdoor activities, particularly swimming, cycling and running. I've been doing the three separately, but now that I have more free time, I'm starting to train for a triathlon. There are lots of great cyclng, running, and walking paths around the Bay Area, and I'm hoping to explore as many as possible in the next couple years.
Juggling! Or at least I'm getting there. One of my researcher friends is also a professional circus clown, and he's teaching me to do juggling tricks.
Also, I'm told I am an excellent cuddler.
Food: I very much like most kinds of Asian food -- Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, etc. Also Italian. Frankly, in the Bay Area, it doesn't much matter, since almost everything is good.
Books (fiction): Like most nerdy or semi-nerdy types I'm very into science fiction, though I also like various other things. A few of my favorites: Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Lord of the Rings, The Diamond Age, True Names, Rosencrantz and Gildenstern are Dead, Arcadia, An Enemy of the People, the Illuminatus Trilogy, the Galactic Milieu Trilogy, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Player of Games, Consider Phlebas, Brave New World, Odd John
Books (nonfiction): Guns, Germs, and Steel, The Bottom Billion, On Intelligence, How the Mind Works, The Life You Can Save, A Farewell to Alms
Music: I like a lot of 90's bands, but also some more recent stuff. My favorite band is Third Eye Blind. Others include: Barenaked Ladies, They Might be Giants, Death Cab for Cutie, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Postal Service, Angels and Airwaves, Green Day, Belle and Sebastian
Movies: Rashomon, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Lord of the Rings, Memento, Run Lola Run, Ninja Scroll
There should be a section for board games! Some of my favorites are Dominion, Innovation, Battlestar Galactica (actually kind of broken as a game, but too much flavor not to enjoy), 7 Wonders.
1. Intellectual challenge. I am really intense about solving hard problems, and easily get bored if I'm not doing something interesting enough.
2. My sister. She's my best friend, and the person I always turn to when I'm lost or in doubt.
3. San Francisco.
4. My friends.
5. Books. Though nowadays I suppose I should say "Amazon Kindle".
6. Some form of physical exercise.
You are new to San Francisco and want someone to explore the city with. I grew up here and greatly enjoy showing others the beauty of my native city.
You want to save the world. Or, more generally, you have something that you passionately believe in. It helps to be smart, hot, and kind-hearted, of course, but what I really look for is that rare special spark possessed by people who have a worthwhile dream and who live with a purpose.