upthepunx
31 San Francisco, United States
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My self-summary
The Bay Area is my fourth home in the last 7 years. Before this, I lived in London, D.C., and NYC, and before that I went to school in New England and grew up in and around Chicago. I think I'll be here a while, unlike the other places I've lived in since college. The people are nicer, the weather is better, and I found a job I really love. (I still can't settle on a place to live, though--I've had 5 apartments since moving here in 2011, spanning both SF and Oakland.)

I like going to concerts, exploring the city, reading, working out, and checking out new bars and restaurants. I've been playing a bit of tennis and doing car- and motorcycle-related stuff. I'm not a car or bike nut by any means, but I love learning new things (especially if it involves fixing stuff/DIY) and I like things that go fast.
What I’m doing with my life
Working with startups, trying to build something interesting.

Outside of work I travel whenever I can (I visit London about twice a year), hit up art museums (favorite in NYC was either the New Museum or the Whitney; favorite in London was probably Tate Modern), read everything I can get my hands on (within reason), and teach myself things (e.g. building a computer, fixing my car, etc.).
I’m really good at
Organizing information. Dragging my ass out of bed. Trying to do too much. Learning things.

Avoiding deer while riding a motorcycle. Keeping said motorcycle on the road after avoiding the aforementioned deer, not so much.
The first things people usually notice about me
My voice is deeper than you'd expect.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music: all over the map, but generally punk, indie, electronic music, and a smattering of hip hop (though obviously not limited to those genres). Recently: J Roddy Walston and the Business, Hard Girls, The Roots, Tove Lo, Restorations, Death From Above 1979, Christian Loffler, Claude VonStroke.

Books: lots. Representative nonfiction: tech/law/culture (e.g. "Remix"), race/politics (e.g. "The New Jim Crow"), econ/psych (e.g. "Thinking, Fast and Slow"), journalism/history (e.g. "And The Band Played On"), LGBT/sexuality (e.g. "Sex at Dawn"). Plenty of fiction too.
Favorite authors: Salinger, Kerouac, Diaz, Wolfe (Tom), Kesey, HST, DFW, Didion, and others.

Movies: I love Pixar movies, especially Up and Wall-E. I don't know why but I'm not particularly fond of the Toy Story sequels. Other favorite movies: La Haine, American History X, Rebel Without a Cause, Igby Goes Down, Half Nelson, Wristcutters: A Love Story, Brick, The Wrestler, Entre les Murs (aka The Class), Drive, The Lives of Others, Her.

I don't watch much TV, primarily because I don't own one or have Netflix. The last show I really got into was Archer, mainly because I love H. Jon Benjamin's characters.
The six things I could never do without
- In-ear monitors (think headphone/earplug combination)
- Music (playing (drums), listening to, watching live)
- Plain t-shirts or henleys
- Physical activity (lifting, cycling, running, tennis, whatever)
- Adventure (hiking, either urban or in forests; travel; car racing totally counts here too)
- Books
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My next big project/goal. Currently: prepping a race car with friends; also, learning some programming/machine learning.

Aesthetics, memetics, and what makes specific works of art/literature/music/movies "great".

The distinction between gender and sex. Biases. Heterocentrism. Racism. Other isms. Straight white (cis-)male privilege.

Why OKCupid thinks I'm a 96%+ match for anyone with a strong preference for strict monogamy.
On a typical Friday night I am
Out! I like seeing shows or checking out new bars and restaurants with friends. Or, if it's been a tiring week, in reading or watching a movie (and then going out Saturday after getting some rest).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I don't have a uvula.
You should message me if
you don't take yourself too seriously, but are still motivated to do awesome things.
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