I design software that is used by professional editors around the world. Running that business is one of the most exciting things I've ever done. However, when I go out, I switch the topic away from work quickly (unless you really want to hear about automatic correction of Oxford commas). Mostly that means talking about music, dancing, cooking, food, cocktails and movies.
Away from work, I do a lot of dancing (especially swing dancing) and I see a lot of live music (especially the band nights at Mona's, St Mazie, and Pegu). I also do a lot of cooking. I’m always on the lookout for ingredients and take an immediate liking to anyone who has advice on good produce.
Also planning trips. The last adventure was live music in Nawlins. Before that it was whisky tasting in Scotland.
Also I’m skinny, I'm smart (one degree at an Ivy, the other in Cambridge), and I have an opinion on almost everything (including the fact that those degrees don't mean much really).
Before Sunrise, Three Colors, Grand Illusion, almost anything by Almodóvar, Rohmer, Wilder or Buster Keaton (and anything with Fred & Ginger or Cary Grant). Recently: Boyhood.
The Little Prince, Generation X, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Watching the English, Love in the Time of Cholera. Recently: The Song Machine.
Treme, Breaking Bad, The Wire, Twin Peaks, West Wing, Seinfeld, Transparent, House of Cards. Recently: Master of None.
Otis, Sam, Billie, Joni, Nina, Stevie, and Miles. Also Townes Van Zandt, Warren Zevon, Allen Toussaint, Tom Waits, Lightnin' Hopkins, and almost anything that came out on Chess Records or Stax. Recently: Punch Brothers and GoGo Penguin.
Too many to list, but especially Vietnamese, Korean, Mexican, barbeque and deli food. I'm on a quest to find the best bagel in New York (though I doubt anything can beat the mini-everything bagel at Absolute).
Since moving here, I've been introduced to NPR. I'm addicted to This American Life and The Moth (and Serial when it was on). I told my first story at a Moth StorySLAM last year, and I've told two more since then. What story would you tell?
Harney & Sons
Also, my background is in international development and I'm very into politics. I'd love to do something that would help make sure the next President is a Democrat (whoever she may be).
I go for strong women who can express themselves (usually feminists). If you haven't written anything in your profile, it isn't going to work.