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My self-summary
I am an explorer of science, ideas, culture, film, and novel experiences. I grew up in the deep South, helped invent an engineering college near Boston, moved to the Pacific Northwest on a whim, reinvented myself in the Midwest, and moved to California in order to become a productive member of society. I decided to move here on a Thursday and started driving on the following Sunday.

I travel whenever I can. I've been to more than forty countries and had countless adventures. Some of my recent travel adventures include staying up all night to climb a volcano in Guatemala and road-tripping to Bali with an Indonesian rock band that I met on couchsurfing.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a software engineer at a molecular diagnostic startup.

On the side, I throw themed dinner party every month and then blog about it.
I’m really good at
Blending in different groups, traversing real-life social networks, making travel recommendations
The first things people usually notice about me
A lot of people remark that I seem genuine after meeting me. I have no idea how you tell that after one meeting, but I'll take it.

The flip side of this is that I can be surprisingly honest. In the words of a couchsurfer I met in Indonesia-"He likes to give direct opinion about phenomena happened around him. And find it very honest opinion from his heart."
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: The Namesake, American Gods, Time Traveler's Wife, What is the What, Ideas in Food, Lila, Tufte
Movies: Waking Life, Before Sunset, Eternal Sunshine, Gattaca, Lawrence of Arabia, Lost in Translation
Music: Built to Spill, Bon Iver, Geographer, Coltrane, City and Colour, Sigur Ros, Alt-J
Shows: Breaking Bad, How I Met Your Mother, Frasier, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Louie, Community, Modern Family, Parks and Recs
Food: I love comfort food from around the world like the soups I had in Colombia and homemade dumplings.

On the other side of the spectrum, I love spicy foods. I have more than two dozen ways in my kitchen to make something spicy.
Six things I could never do without
passport, a gas stove, printed words, data, flow, and new frontiers
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Optimization vs adventure-I am passionate about optimizing the boring things in life to make room for the good stuff.

The theme for my next dinner party-I've hosted dinner parties in five cities with themes ranging from food-on-a-stick to a Kimchi taco party with hand-rolled tortillas and homemade kimchi.

Where to travel next-I filled up a passport last year and am well on my way to filling another. Peru, Iceland, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, and Nepal are currently on my short list.
On a typical Friday night I am
Working through my 100+ item SF bucket list or doing something entirely random. My bucket list is currently comprised mostly of places to hike and places to eat.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I spent 36 hours in Romania and managed to get punched in the face and lose a tooth (bottom, left) in the process.
You should message me if
You have interesting travel stories to share.

You have a wacky dinner party idea for me.

You think hiking in Napa is a good idea.
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