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bio website phasesofsputnik.com
location Brooklyn, NY
age 24
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seen Dec 16 '13 at 3:30

Who, me?
I'm a MPS candidate at NYU's Interactive Telecommunication Program, and also getting an MA in Russian. I make what I want to see in the world. I studied linguistics and a few languages as an undergrad after changing my mind about majoring in graphic design. I am an amateur lots of things and I love programming, writing (blogs, songs), conceptual art, painting, information design, photography, writing systems, sequential art, film making, animation, logic, all kinds of automata, mathematical cognition, gesture, number systems, fractals, symmetry, and cooking. What else? I'm bipedal, drink coffee, have teeth, am roughly symmetrical, am literate, wish I could fly, and am passionately interested in cognitive scaffolding. My perfect man is some combination of Joseph Brodsky, Carl Sagan, Douglas Hofstadter, and, hey, Ada Lovelace and Frida Khalo, why not?


Lists of abstractions relevant to me:

Human languages I work on (which in no way implies fluency): American Sign Language, Russian, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Latin

Programming languages I work on (which also in no way implies fluency and not including formatting languages like HTML): Processing, Python, JavaScript, R, Mathematica


Quotes I like:

"In a time of great change, fiction can sometimes provide better understanding than facts alone."
- L. Gordon Crovitz

"I want to be with those who know secret things. Or else alone."
- Rainer Maria Rilke

"Computers don’t introduce order anywhere as much as they expose opportunities."
- Alan J. Perlis

"We are all shaped by the tools we use, in particular: the formalisms we use shape our thinking habits, for better or for worse, and that means that we have to be very careful in the choice of what we learn and teach, for unlearning is not really possible."
- Edsger W. Dijkstra

“Look after goodness and truth, beauty will look after herself.”
- Eric Gill

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius- and a lot of courage- to move in the opposite direction."
- Albert Einstein

"A person starts to live when he can live outside himself."
- Albert Einstein

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”
- Abraham Lincoln


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comment More natural noun for someone who you chat with
@J.R. Right, penpal is all about written correspondence, even electronic.
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comment More natural noun for someone who you chat with
Hm. Mate might work, but it's so rare in American English to use it conversationally, so I think it depends on who you're talking to. In American English, mate is usually part of a compound word, like classmate, but used by itself as a noun, it typically means the person you will have children with and it sounds odd and stilted. If I hear an Australian say mate, I know he means friend. So again, I think it depends on the person to whom you're talking. Let's see if some Australians will help us out on that one.
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comment More natural noun for someone who you chat with
Thanks, @spiceyokooko!
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answered More natural noun for someone who you chat with
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