Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I am a perpetually curious, laid-back geek with a strong optimist
streak. I'm very open-minded, socially liberal with a dash of
fiscal conservatism thrown in for good measure.
I've been separated for the last 4 years. I'm very much over my
previous relationship, but I spent a lot of the past 4 years
seeking to better understand myself. I think I've got a pretty good
handle on who I am and what is important to me. There are still
some big unanswered questions, but I'll let you discover those on
your own. I could get into Myers-Briggs, Enneagram or other
inventories if they interest you.
I'm comfortable with detail and the big picture. I naturally see
multiple viewpoints in arguments, so I do well facilitating
discussions or mediating conflict. As well, I have a
people-pleasing streak to me. I highly value integrity, creativity,
expertise, teamwork and informality. These should provide a pretty
good picture of how I relate to others.
But, stepping away back toward things that are a little more
I work with computers and enjoy my job. I am lucky to work with
great people with whom I share many values.
I live in Centretown and love it; I'm not looking to move to the
suburbs. I grew up and went to school in rural Saskatchewan, living
in a town of 1,000 people several hours from the nearest
McDonald's. Since 1996, I've lived in Ottawa, Moscow and
Kitchener/Waterloo. But I keep returning to Ottawa: It is a good,
liveable, manageable, balanced city.
Things that I love and/or are important to
Animals (but I don't have any pets)
Being playful (with either like-minded adults or children)
Ideas and profound quotes
Things I hate:
Intolerance (yes, I recognize the irony)
Celery (the only truly vile vegetable)
People that are not genuine
People that lack humility
I don't drink hot beverages. (Yes, soup is fine.)
I don't like beer.
My bed seldom needs to be made, because it doesn't get
I like to shower with bar soap with uncommon scents. (Cinnamon,
Ginseng, Spearmint, Lime, etc)
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
Being happy. I work hard, but I enjoy it. I enjoy the little things
in the world around me.
If you were looking for some grandiose plan to, I don't have one.
Instead, I seek to make the lives of people around me just a little
better every day.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Putting others at ease.
Keeping an open mind.
Seeking to understand.
Seeing both sides.
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
Probably something physical: my hair or my smile.
People that get to know me even a little bit probably notice that I
am tolerant and genuinely curious, easy going and (when I'm
comfortable) very playful and silly.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Favourite Books (Fiction):
Marooned in Realtime by Vernor Vinge. I like to think
about the future and the possibilities that are before us
collectively as a race if we can ever learn to get along and not
screw up the planet. In that sense, virtually any good Hard SciFi
book can be fertile soil for ideas.
Favourite Books (Non-Fiction):
The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton Christensen is a
business book that tries to explain how the seeds of a company's
destruction can be sown in the very things that have made it
Hackers and Painters by Paul Graham is a series of blogs
posts, some of which focuses on the connections between Art and the
creative process behind programming.
Mining the Sky by John S. Lewis is a scientific
exploration of what awaits us if we actually got off the planet in
any significantly meaningful way.
I like many kinds of movies, but underdog movies, Action/Thrillers
and Comedies are staples.
I like television shows that have a lot of continuity and long
story arcs. Sherlock, House of Cards, The
Wire, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica,
Babylon 5 and Game of Thrones.
For humour, I prefer absurdist humour: Archer, Whose
Line is it Anyway and Scrubs.
Then there is the pure geek side of me: Junkyard Wars /
Scrapheap Challenge and Mythbusters.
My musical tastes are quite varied, meaning it is easier to say
what I dislike: most Contemporary Country and
I enjoy Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Post
Rock, Ska, Soul and even Classic
Country. Examples of the above might include (in order)
Led Zeppelin, The Headstones, Godspeed You!
Black Emperor,The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, James
Brown and Johnny Cash.
Food: I like variety. I tend to cook staples, but
I love to try new kinds of food and cuisine. Molecular Gastronomy
is particularly interesting to me right now. Surprise me!
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
The future. What could be. Ideas. BIG ideas.
...and (being honest) sex. I said I like being playful. That is
true in general, and sex is really just a playground for adults.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Relaxing. That may mean I'm at home. It may mean I'm at a pub with
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
After the failure of my marriage I spent a lot of time seeking to
better understand myself. I haven't dated in the past 4 years
because I knew I wasn't ready.
Oh yeah...and I have "happy underwear". (Funny how just a pattern
and colour can make such a difference.)
You should message me if
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