Geoff_A
38 San Francisco, CA
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My self-summary
I am the chill that runs up your spine! I am the plot twist in the second reel! I am... Wait—Let's do the standard profile stuff, first.

I'm fiercely intellectual, but have a deep appreciation of the basic senses. I'm an athletic, artistic geek.

I'm interested in a great many things, and I always enjoy learning new ideas and skills. I drive really fast around a race track, and teach others to do the same. I hack on computers. I've been fascinated by astronomy, photography, and music for as long as I can remember. And even better, I enjoy a good, ponderous slacking.

I'm tall and fit, and I enjoy bicycling, inline skating, and a good workout, like Bikram yoga.

I'm fairly social; I enjoy a good party. I love hanging out with anyone I can learn something from. But I also love sharing my knowledge and experience. I had a fantastic time at raves, back when those were still a thing. (I hear some rumors that they're coming back.) The coffee shop atmosphere (you know, the kind where they have big, squishy chairs and tasty coffee) can be quite enjoyable, too.

And, from days of OkCupid yore: I am approachable, enthusiastic, and slackful
What I’m doing with my life
I've been lucky enough to work on a project that's sent me around the world--generally central and eastern Europe, but sometimes even Asia. It's been interesting talking with folks in other countries about their opinions of the US government and people (fortunately, completely distinct to most people!) as we've gone through some substantial changes in the past decade.

I've been adding to my music, movie, and book collections faster than I can keep up with consuming them. This makes me both happy and sad.

I keep myself active. There's a lot to explore in the city, and I've only started to make a dent.
I’m really good at
Driving. I race, and I instruct high performance driving at a nearby race track. I'm also a halfway decent photographer, and I'm now working on developing my skill with studio lighting. I'm an excellent geek, but without the stereotypical social awkwardness. I can fix almost anything. I'm very good with my hands.

I'm half good at a whole lot of things, like playing guitar and flute (and, by extension, many other woodwinds), singing, home construction projects, naming stars in the night sky, growing plants, and playing some random sport you throw at me. For instance, this weekend, I played bubble soccer for the first time, and our team won. :-)
The first things people usually notice about me
I am friendly and inviting and almost always smiling. People strike up conversations with me in supermarket checkout lines, which I'm told is unusual.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I love Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. I also really enjoy the works of Douglas R. Hofstadter, Neal Stephenson, Orson Scott Card, Charles Scheffield, William Gibson, and Julian May. And many others. I've been planning to read The Selfish Gene, but then I picked up Sex At Dawn instead, which is really illuminating. And I'm interspersing that with The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up as I go.

My favorite movies are the ones that leave me thinking about them for a long time afterward, like Memento, Blade Runner, Being John Malkovich, and Inception. I also enjoy a good mood-evoking movie, like Lost In Translation. Miyazaki's movies are fantastic. But I also enjoy just plain fun movies, like Real Genius, Men In Black, Galaxy Quest, and Hackers. I was much more impressed by Stranger Than Fiction than I expected to be, going in. Casablanca held up to high expectations, even after hearing about it for years.

I recently saw The Book of Mormon twice, because it was just that good.

I hope I can never easily pin down my favorite music. I like techno (trance, gabber, d&b, and now dubstep), Gregorian chants, industrial, Tull, Imogen Heap, BT, Massive Attack, Zero 7, Glitch Mob, and so on.

I try to have as wide a variety of food as possible. You'll catch me eating Vietnamese, Indian, Thai, sushi, taqueria, Italian, Szechuan, and who knows what else on a nearly weekly basis. I'm also lucky enough to have some friends who are real foodies, which helps me expand my palate even further.
The six things I could never do without
Language, music, friends, a camera, great food, and someone to share it all with.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Getting rid of most of what I own. It turns out that you just can't--and probably shouldn't--keep everything. Especially if you live in SF.

I also like to think about what great physics or cosmology problem I can solve to advance human understanding of the universe. I think I have one, but I don't have any idea how to solve it, yet. But then, if it were easy... Perhaps I need to shift gears and go back to school to become an astrophysicist.
On a typical Friday night I am
Sometimes I'll be at a salsa dance. Sometimes I'll be hanging out with friends; having dinner, watching a movie, or rolling the Katamari. Sometimes I'll be working on house projects. Or maybe I'll be partying at a club. Or several of these at the same time, of course. :)
You should message me if
You like who you are. You think finding yourself on some unfamiliar road is an opportunity, not a sign you're lost.

You enjoy a good, intelligent conversation. (Perhaps you have some thoughts on the latest research papers.) Or just relaxed hanging out. Maybe you enjoy a nice drive through winding roads. Or perhaps you'd like to go somewhere and shoot some photos.
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