zkelvin
28 Manhattan, United States
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My self-summary
My mom tells me I'm a real catch.

I'm a transplant from the liberal oasis that is Austin, TX, and as such, I'm partial to say "y'all" and the occasional ironic "howdy".

From Austin I moved to Seattle for a Ph.D. program at UW, studying genetics. I loved it -- partially because I love science and partially because geneticists are, hands down, the dopest people on the planet. Believe it.

After a few years, my interests lead me elsewhere. Those interests developed into a digital business, and for a while I traveled around doing fun stuff while building my business. Most recently, I hosteled solo through Europe for the summer (2015). Here's the color-coded spreadsheet I compulsively used out of fear that I would book something for the wrong dates. In between trips, I settled down in Portland, Oregon.

Eventually, I sold out and threw myself into the grind -- now I develop software at Google, and I absolutely love it.

During one summer in grad school, I interned as a science reporter at the Oregonian through the AAAS. That was pretty neat. If you're into science, you can read some of my articles here.

I'm a slut for fresh linens, seasonal cocktails, and the Oxford comma.
What I’m doing with my life
Trying to experience as many things as possible and get a little bit better at a lot of stuff every day.

I'm kinda obsessed with various fitness stuff: weightlifting, rock climbing, slacklining, mobility and flexibility. I also enjoy karaoke (only at public bars -- it's much more exhilarating than a private room), hiking, and cooking.

And of course, I always love meeting new people.

Actualmente, estoy aprendiendo espanol, principalmente la fluidez. Terminé árbol español de Duolingo, y usando el app CleverDeck, construí un vocabulario de aproximadamente tres mil palabras. Practiqué hablando mientras que en España, pero necesito mucho más de inmersión.
I’m really good at
Overusing parthetheses (sometimes they get nested (sometimes that gets messy)).
The first things people usually notice about me
When I run into people I know in public, I sometimes say "hi" well before we've reached a comfortable distance for communicating. And then we have to kinda stare at each other and smile awkwardly for another 50 feet.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
books: Savage Love, 10% Happier, Silo, Harry Potter, A Song of Ice and Fire, World War Z, All You Need is Kill, Catch-22, The Stranger, The Illustrated Man, HPMOR

movies: Minority Report, Vanilla Sky, The Butterfly Effect, The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Final Destination 2, Sin City, Memento, Phone Booth, Rookie of the Year, Liar Liar, The Truman Show, Forest Gump, The Illusionist, The Prestige, Lucky Number Sleven, Primer, The Dark Knight, Pitch Perfect, Thank You for Smoking, Spotlight, Wes Anderson, GATTACA

TV: Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, Archer, Futurama, Family Guy, The Office, Firefly, Star Trek, Entourage, Parks and Recreation, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Arrested Development, Veronica Mars, iZombie

music: Cake, Maroon 5, Muse, Cassius, Pink Floyd, Daft Punk, Jamiroquai, Phoenix

food: Sushi, Indian, Tex-Mex, nondescript Asian stir-fry, and whatever it is that Yelp refers to as "American (New)" when I'm feeling fancy. I also eat Chipotle much more often than is reasonable.

Now, make various assumptions about my personality based on my tastes in things.
The six things I could never do without
Based on my recent spending, I apparently value a solid wifi connection over potable tap water.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Fitness, weightlifting, food, travel, sex, science, mathematics, mindfulness, vulnerability. All at once.
On a typical Friday night I am
pretending that bars are really good places to meet very interesting people
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm a bit of an exhibitionists. My roommates disapprove. Or, at least, they did, when I had roommates.
You should message me if
...you think it's so 20th century for women to wait for men to approach them

Or, you know, if I messaged you first, maybe you should reply to protect my frail, frail ego.
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