37Oakland, United States
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My self-summary
Hi! I'm a (not so recent!) transplant from Australia who has moved to California for work and to immerse myself in the local culture. This includes but isn't limited to the technology scene.

I'm in an open marriage and we have one child. I'm only seeking connections who are in / up for an open relationship.

NOTE: I'm in East Oakland at the moment.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a computer person who tinkers with music and has a psychology / linguistics degree. Or, I'm a musical/arts person who works with computers and has a degree in psychology/linguistics. Or, I'm a psychology/linguistics graduate who works in technology and tinkers with music. Or, you get the idea.

I moved to the south bay from Western Australia late December 2011. It's been an intense experience thus far.

I was brought to the US by a technology company, writing drivers for and helping design wireless hardware. In my spare time, I work on open source versions of this software. I was hired based on what I was doing in the open source world and I still contribute as much as I can.

I've had a couple of jobs since then. Now I work at a startup doing video things that bought an established audio company doing audio things. I head up their wifi and general networking area.

I used to be involved with the SCA back in Australia. I got dragged along one day because I play recorder. Then I ended up joining the music team. Sure, I like the period dress, cooking, constructions, fighting and such. I don't like the politics, the back-stabbing, the rumours and the power-grabs. So I would just turn up, play music, eat and chat.
I’m really good at
Wrapping myself up in difficult problems and figuring out how to make things work.

Inspiring others to learn, explore and experiment. I like being a teacher as much as I like learning myself - through teaching, you learn things.

I read. A lot. Everything I can get my hands on. Sometimes I'll break things, and sometimes I can even fix them to work again.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm passionate with everything that I do.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'm a sucker for Peter F Hamilton's work and the Culture series from Iain M Banks.

I grew up watching Star Trek - it never gets old.

I'm glad both Dark Matter and The Expanse have shown up as television series.

Yes - I like the JJ Abrams Star Trek. No, I'm not sorry about that. I'm glad that his Trek mirrors new technology set amongst a familiar, almost contemporary American background. I think that makes it more accessible and a more plausible future. We need to imagine, but we also need to know we can get there.

I've been meaning to re-read all of Tolkien's work now that I have spent a few years studying Linguistics. I'm hoping it'll change how I understand it.

I'm still angry that Firefly was canceled.

I can watch IQ runs forever.
Six things I could never do without
* friends
* problems
* books
* experiences
* challenges
* music.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I keep trying to find ways to make the world around me better. This proves to be slightly more difficult than I'd like.
On a typical Friday night I am
Alternating between working on problems and spending time with friends. Sometimes I'll be doing both.

It wouldn't be unheard of to find me at a social gathering with a notebook or a computer and a bit of unknown hardware that needs to be made to work.

The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm not afraid to admit to people when I'm feeling social, or when I'm feeling overwhelmed. It's made going out a bit on the difficult side as I don't always know whether I'll be in the right headspace to be in a large crowd. I try to find friends who understand this and are tolerant.

People like to pigeon-hole others into categories. I'm not an extrovert. I'm not an introvert. I think I'm more introverted than not, but I do need people contact.
You should message me if
You're curious, inspirational and like a good, meaningful discussion as much as you like to laugh at the world.
The two of us