[personal profile] mmailliw
EDITED to reflect the state of my life as of December 2015 (at least this isn't as late as my last update)!

I officially declared my LJ to be semi-friends-only (which means that about half of the posts are friend-locked) on May 6, 2009. This was merely formalizing what had been my practice for quite some time... but these days, unlocked posts from me are rare.

In my journal, I post about the following things:

I) RL: This journal was established in early 2002 (when I was a 17-year-old Harvard sophomore) to talk about the events of my life (in a sarcastic, snarky tone), and even now, this is by far its primary purpose. For a brief summary, I was in academia for a long time (PhD earned from UCLA in 2011 followed by 2 years spent in 3 postdocs - with my first having been at the MSRI in Berkeley for fall 2011, my second being eight months in Helsinki in 2012, and my third involving two quarters teaching at UCLA and finishing a research program at IPAM... which marked closing of a long chapter of my life.

After finishing that final postdoc at UCLA in the summer of 2013, I spent a year in London trying to switch gears, ultimately earning a masters in econometrics and mathematical economics from LSE. The DAY after I took the final exam for that degree (pulling a 73 on that particular exam is one of the biggest accomplishments of my life ;)) I finally received a phone call I had awaited for two years: the first post-academic job application I had submitted had finally come through.

So I moved back to Maryland, where I grew up, to start my first non-academic, 'permanent', job as an applied 'mathematician'. My job can be ironically described as 'rent-a-genius', though for a number of reasons I don't go into too much detail about it on this blog. I've been working at this job for over a year, though I moved from Baltimore, MD to Arlington, VA at the end of June (my first move PURELY based on 'where I want to live' in my entire life!)

That said, I am also interested in economics (and the subtle skill of passing actuarial exams) and am not 100% sure which plan will FINALLY end up coming to fruition. I am 31 years old and male. As proud as I am of my physical appearance, I eat very indulgently (and will often talk at length about particularly delicious foods). That said, I learned back in late 2009 that what I thought was 'YES! I'm in shape!' was really 'being kept unnaturally thin by a condition so embarrassing that people refer to it by its initials'.

II) HP fandom: I have been an active member of this fandom since July 23, 2007 (yes, this is the correct date) and am a proud member of two sorting communities. As many of my LJ friends are part of these communities, I will often refer to them from time to time. To be honest, though, the fandom seems to be growing stale; while I HOPE to meet awesome new Slytherins, they seem to be few and far between...

III) Politics: I rarely talk about politics on my LJ, and when I do, it's usually exclusively for the purposes of snark and sarcasm. In general, I am extremely socially liberal (after twelve economics courses including a full year masters, I still lean liberal economically as well ;-)) and generally identify with the Democratic Party.

I will not defriend you merely because you disagree with me; being a douchebag, on the other hand, is a different story...

IV) Religion: I talk about religion even less than I talk about politics on here. I am a mildly observant Jew (in other words, I keep Passover, but do NOT keep kosher). If forced to pick a denomination, I would go with 'Reform', but that doesn't mean I agree with anything that the denomination does...

(Note that my 'defriend' disclaimer for politics also applies for religion; being a douchebag is still prohibited. That being said, my favorite anti-Semite is Eric Cartman.)

NOTE ALSO:
A) I love receiving comments; feel free to comment on any of my entries whenever you think you have anything to say! (In particular, definitely comment to this post when you friend me).
B) The content in my journal, on average, would generally rated BBFC 15, which means the following:

Theme

No theme is prohibited, provided the treatment is appropriate to 15 year olds.
Language

There may be frequent use of strong language (eg 'fuck'). But the strongest terms (eg 'cunt') will be acceptable only where justified by the context. Continued aggressive use of the strongest language is unlikely to be acceptable.
Nudity

Nudity may be allowed in a sexual context but without strong detail. There are no constraints on nudity in a non-sexual or educational context.
Sex

Sexual activity may be portrayed but without strong detail. There may be strong verbal references to sexual behaviour.
Violence

Violence may be strong but may not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury. Scenes of sexual violence must be discreet and brief.
Imitable techniques

Dangerous techniques (eg combat, hanging, suicide and self-harming) should not dwell on imitable detail. Easily accessible weapons should not be glamorised.
Horror

Strong threat and menace are permitted. The strongest gory images are unlikely to be acceptable.
Drugs

Drug taking may be shown but the film as a whole must not promote or encourage drug misuse.


Should I feel the need or urge to go far beyond BBFC 15, I will warn you in the subject line.
B1) If you wish to use this journal to send me porn, it had better be done well... and all the characters involved should be ATTRACTIVE!

C) Out of respect to those of my readers who aren't interested in reading about particular topics, everything from II)-IV) (and everything which is long in I)) will be put under LJ-cuts. I also often put lots of topics in single post; this, together with the LJ-cuts, ensures that your list will not be clogged by stuff you don't want to read!

D) Those who want to learn what really makes me tick would probably do best by looking at my sorting questions tag and my Q&A tag (note that the ACTUAL name for the tag is in Finnish. ;))

E) For a more detailed read on some of the things that make me tick, go read this piece and this interview, though they may be a bit dated by now!
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Date: 2009-06-20 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] an-narctica.livejournal.com
Hey twin of mine. Letting you know (repeatedly?) that I'm adding you back, and also that I read your intro post and am now taken aback at your intelligence/school success. Harvard? At 17? Don't expect anything nearly as merit-worthy out of my journal...

Date: 2009-07-14 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dalmasca.livejournal.com
Hey! You seem like an interesting person just from the way you sort people, I just got sorted over at [livejournal.com profile] hogwartsishome and actually submitted an app to [livejournal.com profile] sorting_elite but I chickened out yesterday and asked that my app be removed from the queue, I really don't know what pleases you guys over there, haha!

So I added you, hope you don't mind! :)

Date: 2009-07-24 05:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furtherance.livejournal.com
*coils around you and drags you down to the dungeons*

Dude. Just read that line again. Out of context. Seriously. There's some terrifying fanfiction buried there somewhere.

Oh, and Californians and MAGS:
a) you're originally from the East Coast where the ground doesn't move so you're excused, but
b) you now live in the land of brush/wildfires, rolling black-outs (and they don't even require alcohol!) and earthquakes, therefore, go buy a MAG.
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Date: 2009-07-28 07:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mizaya.livejournal.com
I know I'm not supposed to reply to you until I'm in the community, but I saw your comment on [livejournal.com profile] callousandcold's post and I just wanted to say, thank you so much for making my night.

I had the same exact feeling when I saw her username and that her mood was set to apathetic. And her application made me feel so much better about myself and my app, which I at first feared wasn't up to community standards.

But your revised sorting song? Brilliant.

<3.

Date: 2009-07-28 09:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naobot.livejournal.com
I found you while looking through the current applications in [livejournal.com profile] platform934, where I am currently in queue. You seem really interesting and intelligent, and I'd like to add you!

You'll learn more about me when my application is up. I'm afraid it'll come off as pushy although I love all houses. (Especially Hufflepuff <3)

:D

Date: 2009-07-30 04:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blackestbird.livejournal.com
Hey there William ^.^

You recently sorted me, and I wanted to pop by and thank you for the flattering, well-thought out sort! You are correct too, btw, I am hopefully returning to my program in a couple of months. If I don't make the fall semester, I certainly will for the spring semester, in January. Spring is probably more accurate; I didn't exactly realized July is over xD

Also, I've seen your other sorting comments, as I had been lurking for a week[ish] before I actually applied, and you seem like a cool person. And I love you for making the comment you did about [livejournal.com profile] callousandcold's user name. I felt the same way; even her mood 'apathetic.' The whole thing... How I wish I had submitted my application sooner so I could get in on the voting.

Oh, and I am also gonna friend you. Friend me back if you'd like. My journal is a lonely one [I was a gj user, and have rather slacked on my lj journals], and you seem really awesome.
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Date: 2009-08-21 07:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sparklycockles.livejournal.com
Hi William! Do you remember me, from HiH?? I see you around, like, ALL the time! And I just love your comments and your ideas, and YOU!

Image

I'm so glad you got Transfiguration leader! I just flailed when I heard that! It's so nice to have someone you recognize as club leader, you know!? It just inspires this sense of confidence into you. You just know that the club is going to be amazing and that you'll be able to ask anything you like, question-wise! :D

So, I'm celebrating the return of my laptop and all my graphics programs, and I thought I'd make you a sigtag!!!

Image

Do you love it?

Date: 2009-10-01 09:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fizz-buzz.livejournal.com
You seem like a smart guy, and I like the way you roll - add me back? x

Date: 2009-11-16 06:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hxcpunkchick.livejournal.com
Your comment on Twitter about my profile got me to "hunt" you down and finally add you. Hi!

Date: 2009-12-04 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katshakespeare.livejournal.com
I am commenting here because I can't comment on my character application over at HiH stamping --

I was sorted into Gryffindor at H-E way back in the day when I was like 21 and it was SO obvious that I was a lion. I mean, my vote-getting was overwhelming there for Gryffindor. I think I had one Slytherin vote. When I applied recently at HiH, I was amazed at more Slytherin votes I got since before H-E I always fancied myself a Slytherin.

SO -- I would have been very very happy to join you guys in the dungeons! But I am also happy as a lion. And thank you for the stamping vote. (Of course commenting here probably isn't allowed either.) I really just wanted to say that if I ever wanted to do a re-sort, I would def. want to be a Slytherin and THANK YOU :)

Oh, and hi :D

Date: 2010-01-31 08:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blaqkheaven.livejournal.com


Can I be yours?

Edited because I couldn't see my own text.
Edited Date: 2010-01-31 08:31 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-02-26 07:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nicolle-016.livejournal.com
Hi! So I've seen you around HiH a lot and talked to you a few times in HU chat and you seem like a very interesting person so I was wondering if you'd like to be friends? :)

Sorry for that nice run-on sentence haha!

Date: 2010-03-18 09:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] end1essly.livejournal.com
hello, dearest william, just commenting as this post requests:)

Date: 2010-08-31 09:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stoopid-silly.livejournal.com
hey I remember you from back in the H_E days and now I've joined HiH and see your there too, and you seem like an interesting fellow, sooo adding you!
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Date: 2010-12-20 07:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mk-tortie.livejournal.com
Hey, I've not been back at HiH all that long, but I've seen you around a fair bit and you seem pretty interesting. Friends?

Date: 2010-12-22 05:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] burningxhope.livejournal.com
Seeing as how you added me on Facebook, I'm going to add you on here. Can we be friend? :D

Date: 2010-12-26 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ecchipiro.livejournal.com
Obligatory comment to request LJ friendship.

Re: What are land comms

Date: 2011-01-15 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blaze2242.livejournal.com
Just thought I'd answer the question you asked in one of the sorting applications at HiH. Land comms are the general name for communities such as HiH where there is a fandom theme, people are sorted into teams, and they complete challenges in order to receive points. They were inspired by Harry Potter sorting communities. They often include 'land' in the title of the community, like [livejournal.com profile] whedonland, [livejournal.com profile] startrekland, [livejournal.com profile] castleland. They're a recent fandom phenomena (outside of HP of course), the first was started about year and a half ago as far as I can tell.

:)

Date: 2011-03-01 09:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thewordmap.livejournal.com
Hi! I've seen you around [livejournal.com profile] hogwartsishome and [livejournal.com profile] hogwartshallows and thought you were really interesting.

Plus, I have a love for math, too (although I try not to talk about it and use it to solve every single life problem too much).

Friends?

Date: 2011-03-22 10:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] uranoxymoron.livejournal.com
I feel like a horrible person for knowing you for more than a year now and not knowing that you're Jewish. Friendship!fail? Probably. Typical!Ashley? Definitely.

#randomcomment

Date: 2011-04-19 01:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icelisou68.livejournal.com
I am Elise, a Puff at HiH, I have added you a while ago but didn't post here, can you plz add me back ?

Date: 2011-05-31 11:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] passionate-sun.livejournal.com
hello! You Sorted me over at HiH, and you said I was a Snake. Which, in contrast to my almost unanimous Hufflepuff Sorting, was what I was originally going for- I guess I don't know myself as well as I thought. Anyways, came over to your profile, and...

um wow, Harvard.
Just thought i'd say hello.
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