tashiegirl
30 Cambridge, United States
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My self-summary
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Okcupid messages that are a few words in length, and that do not make any reference to the profile in question, will be summarily dismissed, ignored, and scorned. [Pretentious rant over].

TLDR: Disability justice/disability studies, rock climbing, teaching, yoga, narrative medicine, brain-computer interfaces, overanalyzing power dynamics in everything, conceptual art, chai, the beach, poetry, glamping.

I used to be a therapist, but then decided that A. I didn't want to mess about in other people's heads, and B. Bashing the nonprofit industrial complex is more fun (and safer) from the outside. I became a teacher instead, and though I might have stepped out of the frying pan and into the fire, I still have enough idealism left to think I might be able to get some kids really excited about writing.

New Year's resolution for 2016: Get out of my head by having as many interesting experiences as possible. If you can help with that, let me know.

I'm also blind, and here are five things to know about that.
1. I don't want to feel your face when I first meet you. Whether that will change later is TBD.
2. Paradoxically, I am really really interested in all things visual, so if you think you'd enjoy describing a mind-bending exhibit at the ICA, or one of those movies with beautiful cinematography and non-linear plotlines on crack, then we'd probably get along.
3. I don't have Daredevilesque superpowers. Sorry to disappoint.
4. This is not a Raymond Carver story. I'm
not going to teach you a deep and meaningful lesson about seeing [insert cheesy airquotes] the world differently. (In all seriousness, I hope we can teach each other that lesson, because mutuality is a thing).
5. Funny story: I once snuck into a Halloween party at Hampshire (it was for Hampshire students only) and the cop totally thought that my cane was part of my costume, and that I wasn't making eye contact with him because I was being shifty. (Which, of course, I was).
What I’m doing with my life
Trying to get machine learning/Bayesian brain people, blindness researchers, consciousness researchers, and neuroprosthetic designers to talk to each other so they can build cool tech that will help congenitally blind people learn how visual perception works. Also, tutoring writing and psychology and doing some college essay consulting.
I’m really good at
Reading neuroscience articles an making hand-wavey conclusions about how they apply to me. Not listening to my rock climbing instructor when he tells me to bump and barn-dooring and flailing all over the place. Writing ghaazals. Being irreverent. Being an anglophile. Laughing hysterically when you walk me into things. Being honest. Making references to poststructuralism in casual conversation. Not knowing my right from my left. Facing the wrong way during yoga classes.
The first things people usually notice about me
Sometimes I put on my ridiculous version of a South African accent. (I was born there but grew up here). You usually can't hear any traces of it, but I do occasionally call the library the libe-ree.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My taste in literature is exceedingly contemporary. Favorites include 1q84, Alif The Unseen, and The Space Between Us. Plus, lots of YA. And well-written fanfic.
As for movies, the Piano was one of my favorites. I also liked Whiplash and Beginners a lot.
I am generally pretty amusical, but I like to vicariously appreciate other people's musical tastes. SO basically, I'm a blank slate, with a bit of a soft spot for electronic music (which makes my synesthesia do cool shit) and folky ballads.
Food: If it's Asian, or something salty combined with something sweet, I'll probably want to eat it.
Podcasts: This American Life, Startup, Reply All, Serial
The six things I could never do without
Self-awareness. Empathy. Intimacy. The Victorian era. Adventure. Laughter. (Seriously, if our first date doesn't feel like a job interview, then you've already scored major points).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Social justice and how to acknowledge white privilege without white tears.

Why all the cool people on Okcupid (except me, of course) seem to be poly.
How to turn an inward journey outward. Identity. Social justice. Cognitive science. How much I'd like to go on a spontaneous trip to the Amazon.
I also think a lot about energy and intuition and past lives and woo-woo shit like that, and whether they have a scientific explanation. quantum physics seems to be the most promising direction in that regard. I wonder how different Western culture would be if we taught people to use their sixth sense in a systematic way, just like we teach English and math, with lesson plans and formative and summative assessments and understanding by design. (translation: I basically just want to go to Hogwarts).
On a typical Friday night I am
Going out for dinner or watching a movie with friends.
You should message me if
You want to do fun summery activities (kayaking, swimming, tandem biking, etc).
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