talleee
25 Los Angeles, United States
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My self-summary
As a preface, I am a 6'8" neuroengineer, former specialty soda sommelier, and, of course, feminist. After graduating UIUC in 2013, I spent 2 years gallivanting about in silicon valley before moving back to UIUC for more school.

What I like to eat, where I grew up, butter-side-up or butter-side-down will come out in the path of shared experience. That's not what draws me in, turns me on, makes me tick.

No, instead, I'm thrilled by the question of what you'd kill for; I'm intoxicated by the possibilities of your passions. What changed you, made you be what you are? Why do you burn the midnight oil?

Each of us contains multitudes. Every conversation is an exploration of your mind.
Take me to your deepest self, the origin of your values and identity, not the damn gift shop.

If you've read this far, the first message is deliberately on you. Tell me, a la Avenue Q, your purpose.
Don't be nervous, as we'll never chat otherwise.
What I’m doing with my life
Learning how to make robots with laser beams in a short second undergrad
Research! EEG brain-computer interfaces, human reasoning modeling, soon rehabilitative/augmentative exoskeletons
Making mind-controlled body-control real
Trying to find a non-regressive role for my skills and research within the socialist, progressive, and compassion-based forces in ceaseless churning wrestling match that is humankind. Need help with this from people who study the human condition, social dynamics, the history of power, cultural anthropology, etc.
I’m really good at
Long conversations with strangers into improbably deep topics
Reaching the top shelf
Patience (except for racism/sexism/victim-blaming/etc.)
Quickly learning
Being big spoon
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm 6'8, so obviously people first notice my sparkling personality.

But seriously, I love getting to know people, coming to perceive a slice of the experience they have of the world via conversation, vigorous gesturing, back of the napkin diagrams. So often the first substantial thing they learn is that I'm curious about them.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I am underexposed to good media. In almost all cases, I haven't heard of it.

Youtube: vlogbrothers(since 2009), sexplus, IdeaChannel, scishow, veritasium, healthcaretriage, animalwonders, thebrainscoop, and many more

Shows:Last Week Tonight, House of Cards, Game of Thrones (until the billionth nonconsensual sex), Sherlock/Elementary, Jessica Jones, Steins;Gate, Legend of Korra, Fumoffu, Downton Abbey, BSG, torchwood, warehouse 13, death note etc

Music: If someone has said, "Yea, [song name] is weird, but I actually... kinda like it" about a song, that's what I listen to. Pre-goth Industrial, anything with weird sampling, vgm, acapella covers, live-looped stuff, a whole swath of YouTube musicians, and more. Here's some artists: Andrew Huang, Alaa Wardi, Made in Heights, Movits!, Kygo, KMFDM, Beardyman, Thievery Corporation, Les Tambours du Bronx, Gramatik, Mindless Self Indulgence, Caravan Palace, Charlene Kaye, Kormac, Todd Terje, TMBG, Weird Al Yankovic, Royksopp, Sneaker Pimps, Imogen Heap, Emancipator, Venetian Snares, Infected Mushroom, Spongle, Gesaffelstein Lamb, How to Destroy Angels

Food: I absolutely love middle eastern food, casseroles, a variety of noodles, pasta, sushi, California burritos, basically everything that doesn't have moderate-to-excessive capsasin.

Movies: nothing unexpectable: Mad Max: Fury Road, V for Vendetta, Matrix 1, Lion King
The six things I could never do without
-Companionship for the day-to-day of life, someones to share in life's "simply living" components

-deep conversations, ideally helping each other learn/grow or figure something out

-a sense of growth, of working to improve the lives of humankind's future by shifting the distribution up the quality of life scale, even if that just means (for now) improving myself right now

-projects, whether side or for work, that I find useful, interesting, clever, or significant

-variety, in experiences, fields of study, and activity

- physical intimacy: cuddles, hugs, kisses, lazy afternoons curled up together, sleeping together (butt to butt = optimum sleeping position), both platonic and vigorously not
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I spend a lot of time thinking about
Recently I've been pondering perspective- its fundamentality to the formation of new ideas and the desperate necessity for its diversity.

Share with me a perspective you have- doesn't need to be deep, merely different. I'd love to hear it.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I love striking up conversation with strangers; there's something fascinating about getting a 30minute tour through the world of their mind, knowing you'll never see them again. Consequently, I tend to approach strangers while traveling, small talk a little, and then ask a not-standard question if they seem interested- things like "Considering we're never going to see each other again, what is your deepest secret you've never told anybody, even your friends?"
Frequently, fascinating discussions result.
You should message me if
Currently seeking:
-Interesting conversational partners!
-People to see movies with, play games with, read books with, study with!

Not seeking:
An exclusive or sexual relationship. I'm in a happy relationship with my girlfriend, just here to find cool people :)
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