thesoundofwaves
39 San Jose, United States
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My self-summary
People have told me that I remind them of a big friendly golden retriever. I guess that is a good thing. It could have something to do with the time I dug up the garden and buried all those bones. Or perhaps the fleas ? I digress, as an electrical engineer (I design microchips and Machine Learning systems ), the workplace isn't great for meeting women. If I wanted to meet married 50 year old men, I'd be laughing. I'm not laughing.

I have turned to the computers to solve a problem that once again, they themselves have created. I am giving online dating a shot. I miss the old days, when men and women met in the real world, and phone numbers were written on the backs of napkins.

I run marathons. I really do get a kick out of running, but it's a solitary meditative thing. I'm not one of those insane runners who get most of their meals in bar form and go on an on about running. I like meals in food form for a start.

I really delight in wit and humor. I grew up on a steady diet of the unique comedy that emanates from those blessed patrician socialists who run the BBC.

I grew up poor and went to work in construction when I was 13 as was usual for my family. It really taught me a thing or two about life and made me determined to get a good education. It also means I am really good with my hands. I know my way about a tool box, so if you need some plumbing or electrical work done, I work cheap.
What I’m doing with my life
I am a Principal Engineer at a startup in the Machine Learning space, but I am also finishing up a novel. I have spent a long time making sure it is unique, it better be novel!

Last year I began volunteering at the San Jose Public library ( I'm always afraid I will mistype Public as Pubic.... is it just me ? ). It's a program called "Partners in Reading". It rocks, so please check them out and give them money.
I’m really good at
Stuff that engineers aren't supposed to be good at.
The first things people usually notice about me
My accent, I'm Canadian and Italian, a strange combo. An accent that is equal parts Marshall McLuhan and Pauli Gaultieri from the Sopranos. Maybe with a bit of Bob and Doug Mckenzie but I hope to god not.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music:
Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Joy Division, the three chord grunge music of my youth, 70s rock, Tom Waites, Yo Le Tengo, Pavement, Leonard Cohen, I love classical music and opera (it comes with being Italian), Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Edith Piaf, Sisters of Mercy, Air, The Cure, Billie Holiday, Charlotte and her creepy old man, the list goes on and on and on....

Let's just say I like all music created by original, intelligent, talented people.

Shows:

I watch most of my TV shows online now. I love science documentaries, I make sure to catch every episode of the landmark BBC series Horizon.

Carl Sagan is one of my heroes, not just because he was a huge stoner who built interplanetary space probes. His show Cosmos changed my life. It made me feel for the first time that I could really understand so much of the universe and the nature of reality.

Adam Curtis documentaries are in my blood. He sees the world like I do.

Movies:
I love movies. The original Solaris by Tarkovsky would rank as one of my favorites. But so would the MSTK rendition of the classic film "The Prince of Space". As Homer Simpson so aptly put it "I enjoy all the meats of our cultural stew". I am the kind of movie nerd who has read biographies of people like Kubrick and Eisenstien for fun.

Books:
I consume books rapaciously and piteously.

I have been on a non fiction kick for a little while. "Information" by Glieck is fascinating.

George Orwell knew a thing or two, such as the true nature of modern war, which seemed to lapse out of our collective memory given the events of the last decade. I have read everything by Joseph Conrad, a brilliant man of conscience whose mastery of the English language belied the fact that he did not learn it until he was 18. For sheer beauty of writing I like Yukio Mishima, even after translation it still rocks.

Then there's:

Neil Postman, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Kurt V., William S. B., Jose Saramago, Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman, Roberston Davies, Spinoza, Voltaire, Carl "The Pill" Popper and his sparing partner Ludwig W., Bertrand Russel, Michel Houellebecq, Joan Dideon, Joseph Conrad, Graham Green, William Gibson, Philip Dick, Thomas Kuhn, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Camus, Leo Strauss, Noam Chomsky, J.G. Ballard, and so on.
The six things I could never do without
My favorite six fingers. The other four, meh.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
That stupid double slit experiment.
On a typical Friday night I am
Getting done what should have been done by Thursday night.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have an original print of Mao's Red Book.
You should message me if
you are interested in meeting a guy who is equal measures of both Falstaff and Faust.
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