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My self-summary
Caucasian white male. Blood type O+. B.S. Physics, University of Minnesota, fere cum laude. RPCV Namibia, Science Education ('09-'11). M.S. Physics, UC Santa Cruz, cum satis gradus. Former bank teller, apartment painter, and UPS loader. INTP.

I am currently in a long-term open relationship with Its_aleaf, so if ethical polyamory isn't your thing...well, we can be friends.

The whole "like" system on OkC might feel stupid, but I probably won't message you unless there is a mutual like. I don't like the feeling of putting thought into a message without there being much of a chance for conversation. If you visit and don't give a like, I interpret that as "don't message me".

I'm pretty terrible at making the first move. Unless that move is d4.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm TAing and tutoring like a madman at/near UCSC, with research going on in computational biophysics that always seems to take a backseat.

I have some active hobbies, including:
-Cooking/baking bread

Dormant hobbies of note are:
I’m really good at
In alphabetical order:

Classical Mechanics
Geographical trivia
Long, thematic clues on crosswords
Movie quote identification
Presidential trivia
Sneaking in Skyrim
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Currently reading: The Rook and My Promised Land. Also working my way through the Parahumans web serial.

Music: Stan Rogers, Joe Dassin, Dmitri Shostakovich, and some other things

I like Pixar movies and am a bit of a connoisseur for "worst in history" productions, such as
-Be Somebody or Be Somebody's Fool
-Hercules in New York
-Manos: Hands of Fate
-Plan 9 (of course)
-The Room
-Star Wars Christmas Special
-Troll 2
Six things I could never do without
Beet salad
Cookie Monster impressions
International vacations (20 countries and counting)
Kirkland Signature
Python (the programming language, although I have nothing against the reptile)
Spicy, chewy red wine
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My beer recipes.
On a typical Friday night I am
In an ideal world, slowly getting tipsy off of Chuck Shaw while making curry. After dinner, giggling stupidly at Netflix reruns.
You should message me if
...you notice any spelling or alphabetizing errors in my profile. I would be very thankful. This includes the Latin. I just used Google Translate.

...you happen to know of any terrible movies not listed...

I enjoy writing puzzles and riddles of all sorts. Here a couple of my favorites:

Category: English
1. Drawn by the artists, but not on their easels,
Taken by theives, but always it's legal.
Caught by the lazy and lost by the sprinters,
More warm than cool, but seen only in winter.

2. What ends begin,
surrounding surround,
a memory's on
when soon to be found

Category: Math
While drinking too much in the Infinity Saloon, you agree to an n-uel with infinity other gunfighters. On the signal from the bartender, every gunfighter (yourself included) simultaneously fires a single shot that hits another gunfighter at random. Due to this random shooting, some gunfighters will get hit by one or more bullets, while some will get hit by none. If being struck by even a single bullet is enough to kill you, what is the probability that you survive the n-uel?
The two of us