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My self-summary
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to things out of life: to make the world a better place, and to become a famous writer.

In college, I started off wanting to be a doctor for the sake of goal #1, then remembered I hate studying biology and ended up in grad school for philosophy. Then I dropped out, became a street musician, spent a year in Asia, and then finally started making money as a writer.

But eventually, the need to act like a real adult caught up with me, and here I am working at a tech company in San Francisco. Current plan for making the world a better place: become a wealthy philanthropist.

I still enjoy writing as a hobby, and read voraciously. I mostly read non-fiction, especially "smart" non-fiction (popular science, philosophy, history, etc). I don't listen to much music, in part because I'm too busy absorbing audiobooks and podcasts.

When I read fiction, it tends to be stuff that fucks with conventional storytelling norms—like George R. R. Martin, or the comic book that ask, "What if Superman were a communist dictator?" (Yes that exists and it is awesome.)

Current projects: trying to get the San Francisco Effective Altruism community better organized. Talk to me if you want advice on making the world a better place. Or, for that matter, if you're smart but currently stuck working for peanuts. I've been there.
What I’m doing with my life
Why does this section exist? How is what you're doing with your life not an important part of your self-summary?
I’m really good at
Writing, nerd shit.
The first things people usually notice about me
My hair.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: George R. R. Martin, Richard Dawkins, Steven Pinker, Oliver Sacks, Bart Ehrman, Peter Singer, David Hume, Bertrand Russell, Carl Sagan, Nassim Taleb.

Podcasts: Dan Savage.

Blogs: Paul Krugman, Robin Hanson,

Fanfic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.

TV Shows: Anything Joss Whedon, Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black.

Comics: Alan Moore, Mark Millar, Garth Enis, Neil Gaiman.

Movies: Akira Kurosawa, Star Wars, superhero movies, Tom Cruise (when he's doing drama, so A Few Good Men etc.)

Food: Asian food. Especially terrible Asian food. Also terrible American food.

Webcomics: XKCD, Order of the Stick, Darths and Droids
Six things I could never do without
Having, at various points in my life, lived out of carry-on luggage for months on end, it basically comes down to four things: a credit/debit card, ATMs and/or people who take the previous, internet access, and clothes.

If you want to know why clothes are on the list, but not food, let me put it this way: if I have clothes and a credit card, I can get food. But if I walked into a clothing store completely naked, waving a credit card and a baguette, I'd have problems.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
This changes a lot. I like to figure stuff out and go on to thinking about something else. "Philosophy" seems to be a constant, and "future career path" is a current focus.
On a typical Friday night I am
It's a tossup between "working on a blog post" and "at a party."

In the latter case, this may mean playing getting into arguments about JavaScript, playing nerdy board games while under the influence, or... other things.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
No, I'm not telling you what those other things I do at parties are. But I will admit to being on that other social networking website. You know the one.
You should message me if
You think we have a lot in common. Especially if you think we have a lot in common and have nothing to say. "Hey" works.
The two of us