Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
, and kind
self-admitted geek. Very liberal,
but at the same time very individualistic. Introverted, but an
introvert who genuinely loves people. I’ve only lived in Tacoma for
a couple of years (I’m from Portland.), to teach at a small college
So what makes me different than every other lovelorn geek you’ve
ever met in a coffee shop? Well, I’m probably a bit more driven,
and almost definitely more educated. I have my life more or less
together—I know exactly where I want to be in five years. I’m
fascinated by a lot of things—I can spend hours reading Wikipedia.
(I’m told I can sound like a know-it-all at times, but it’s not
purposeful. I’m not trying to show off—I’m trying to share cool
things!) I have a mischievous sense of humor: I’ve been known to
anagram signs, to leave silly stickers in restaurants’ menus, and
to get library books signed (to the library itself) by the authors
before returning them. I’m also in pretty good shape, since I
commute by bike. I have an artistic streak, working mostly in
stained glass. And I believe in regularly doing things that terrify
me. (I’ve done the World Naked Bike Ride in Portland three times
now, just because.)
I’m culturally Jewish
, but really an atheist
at heart. (I’ve read most
of the Bible...it’s got some strange shit in it.) One of my best
friends says that I’m the only person he knows who is “religious,
but not spiritual”. I believe strongly in treating others well in
the here and now.
Something I’ve realized in the past year: I really do want to have
kids and a family. However I’m also open to something more
short-term, so long as I can figure out how to avoid anyone getting
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
College prof! I teach computer science. This is what I love to do,
most in the world. I’m a tough professor, but I do silly things to
temper that—like giving my students bonus haiku-writing questions
on their finals.
My research involves trying to use computers in order to decode
mouse-language. (It’s to help us develop better ways of researching
mental diseases, such as autism, schizophrenia, traumatic brain
injuries, depression, etc.)
In my free time I’ve got a ton of projects, from the
above-mentioned stained glass
and other art, to
working on a textbook, to writing faux love advice web pages.
Recently I’ve also started volunteering at the Humane Society
, and I'm
biking as often as I can before it gets too cold.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Anything severely left-brained, from coding
. But then, you have to be in
order to do what I do for a living. I also work on various
computer-assisted arts and crafts.
I’m also halfway decent at public speaking. (It’s a necessary skill
you learn when you’re a teacher and scientist.) And I do a fair
amount of graphic design.
Something I’m really bad at: faces. I am genuinely, honestly,
face-blind. It’s genetic—my dad’s the same way. I can recognize
people I know well, but finding someone I’ve only seen in a photo
in a crowded bar is almost impossible for me. (It also means that
if I’ve looked at your profile multiple times, it’s probably
because I didn’t recognize your picture and needed some context to
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
No idea. Dark eyes, maybe? Goatee that says I’m from the evil parallel universe
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
I tend toward sci fi and fantasy—but stories that really have
something interesting to say. Sci fi done right gives you a mirror
to understand people. Sci fi done wrong...gives you Syfy.
• Books: A Song of Ice and Fire
, The Anubis Gates
, A Night
in the Lonesome October
, The Kingkiller
• Movies: The Big Lebowski
, The Secret of
, The Muppet Movie
While I don’t have a TV, I’m quite fond of
, Doctor Who
, Game of Thrones
and almost anything by Joss Whedon
• Music: REM
, Yehuda Poliker
sushi & red wine!
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
— very important, and take up a lot of my
— especially my various Linux
boxes. (Windows is too kludgy, and
Macs are too much like living in a gated community where Apple
holds the keys.)
— they’re important, even my nutcase
— a little trite maybe, but they’re still
— they keep me sane.
• The Pacific Northwest
— I fit in here so much better than
the other places I’ve lived.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
• Ways to create more mischief.
• How to teach computers without using PowerPoint.
• Ways to add a little more strangeness to the world.
• Ways to improve my flat.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Bicycling, resting, or traveling.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I once spilled boiling water on a Girl Scout. (It was an accident,
and she wasn’t hurt. I was still mortified.)
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
I’ve found from experience that the people with whom I’ve had the
best relationships are those who have some degree of nerdiness. (If
math doesn’t scare you, that’s a very good start.) And physically,
it helps if you take care of your body.
It’s very rare that I’ll write anyone de novo, and only if they
really appeal to me somehow. This puts me at a distinct
disadvantage on this site, but I’d like to think that I have high
standards. (Corollary: if I wrote you, it means that I really liked
something about your profile.)
Also, I try to write everyone back, even if it’s just a “no thank
you”. I know that you’re a real person with real feelings, and I
try to respect that.
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