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My self-summary
In a lot of ways I am a fairly average guy. I have a white collar job in the loop where I somehow get away with usually wearing a t-shirt. My work has been described as ‘hyper esoteric,’ which I cannot deny, but I am able to maintain a good work/life balance and generally enjoy what I do, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. In other ways, I think, I am not so average. Despite my very STEM career, my original area of study was political philosophy. I am concerned with social and economic injustice and do my best to be an ally/feminist/whatever you want to call it in both deed and word. I relish gaining new perspectives that expand my worldview.

I share a sunny, 2-bedroom apartment on the northside with my cat, Goldblum. He thinks that I am cool, and you should too. Ok, in all honesty, he probably thinks I’m a huge dork who refrains from feeding him all the food his heart desires, but he is very particular so I will take what I can get.

Fun facts:
-I have a regular bar trivia team that I compete with weekly (we have qualified for the citywide finals the last couple years)
-My 3 closest friends live an average of 3,095 from Chicago (yes, I did the math). Consequently, I travel a decent amount.
-Hiking and snowboarding are two of my favorite pastimes (and the lack of actual mountains is probably my only complaint about Chicago).
-I love film and have a membership at the Musicbox.
-I have been known to read behavioral econ books/articles for fun.
-I exercise to support my beer/pizza/taco habits

"What is character but the determination of incident? What is incident but the illustration of character?"
What I’m doing with my life
Most people's eyes gloss over when I describe what I do, so I will spare you the details. Suffice it to say: I owe a lot to Carl Gauss.

I love to travel. I actually grew up moving around quite a bit, and that has left me with some wanderlust. I just got back from San Diego and Montreal; next up Scandinavia and New Zealand.
I’m really good at
Trivia, making potato side dishes, getting sucked into new fascinations, understanding probability, getting around efficiently on the CTA, quoting MF Doom...
The first things people usually notice about me
If I'm on public transit: probably my sweet Kindle cover
If I'm on the street: determined east-coast style walk
If I'm sitting at the bar: the odd looking glass my beer came in

Or maybe something about my physical appearance, what do I know?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
From what I can tell everyone puts the exact same stuff here so I'm not going to bother with Books/TV/Movies/Music, because I bet you can guess.

Food: I spent the first 20 years of my life being picky; now I am making up for lost time. Also, SPICY SPICY SPICY! I think this covers it.

Podcasts(updated): Lexicon Valley, HDTGM, Code Switch, Lore, Mystery Show, Filmspotting, CBB (an old favorite back in the mix) (also other EarWolf stuff), The Bugle, Freakonomics...
The six things I could never do without
Beer (have glass will travel); Whiskey; Google Maps; Seltzer (thanks, hipsters, for making this cool so it is easier to get); Flannel; and Long Aimless (sometimes purposeful) Walks.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Why office coffee is so terrible. How to fit more reading for pleasure into my schedule. Is $100 really too much per pillow? Why are the only programming languages listed on here C++ and LISP? (Really?! LISP?!)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
When I'm walking somewhere, and not otherwise engaged, I avoid the cracks.
You should message me if
You enjoy paradoxes, and walks to nowhere.

You read The Oatmeal and wish it updated more often (praise Jibbers!).

You want to help me check more restaurants off my ever-growing list.

You have a dog that would be down for a new friend. (My cat tells me that he is open to new acquaintances, but he is making no promises.)