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GrrBrains

40 M Brooklyn, NY

My Details

Last Online
Today – 8:06am
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 11″ (1.80m)
Body Type
Diet
Smokes
No
Drinks
Often
Drugs
Never
Religion
Atheism, and laughing about it
Sign
Gemini, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Graduated from university
Job
Technology
Income
Rather not say
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Pets
Likes dogs and has cats
Speaks
English (Fluently), German (Poorly), French (Poorly), Italian (Poorly)

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My self-summary
Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I'm well-read, dryly-witty, creative and generally-agreeable fellow
who likes science-fiction, comics, and pretty much anything
to do with zombies, but strongly prefers robots.

Spectator sports bore me; watching a bunch of total strangers maneuver a ball or puck or whatever around or across an open area is my idea of nothing to do. I am aware that in recent weeks, someone, somewhere has kicked a ball, and many thought this to be a good thing. I, however, couldn't be bothered. My point, I think, is that if this is something that really matters to you, it'll probably come between us.

Other notable details:
-I can do a really great "Cop On The Edge" monologue.
-I own a saber and I know how to use it.
-I own a ukulele and I do not know how to use it.
-Also an accordion. No idea what I'm doing with that.
-I've been binging on "Assassin's Creed" lately, and as a result, really want to learn parkour. I am starting to get into indoor rock climbing, so that's a step closer.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
Trying to make it more interesting and worthwhile, and figure out what I want to do with it. Trying to move from my current soul-destroying, overly-long stint at the bottom of the IT industry's barrel, where the pay is low and the respect is chimaerical. Also, trying not to be bitter about the current job

Developing graphic design skills, with a concentration on typography, and impressing myself with artistic talents I'm pretty sure I didn't have a few years ago. I'm enjoying the hell out of this, and hoping it'll turn into my life's second act.

In the meantime, I'm occasionally trying to figure out how to use the ukelele. I've spent the last two weeks trying to tune it, and the blasted thing still sounds like a shamisen.
UPDATE: It's apparently a really crappy ukelele, and has fallen completely apart. I'll need to upgrade my gear before I can continue this quest.
UPDATED UPDATE: I have a better ukulele now, which I can plug into an amplifier. I still can't play it, but now I can't play it really loud.

I volunteer as crew on a 19th-century schooner in NY harbor during the summer, and help keep the boat in working order during the winter.

I make sporadic stabs at writing the Not-So-Great American Novel; this usually involves staring at a blinking cursor on an otherwise blank screen for several minutes, then giving up in frustration and playing violent video games instead.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Tending the fores'l. Tying knots. Amateur detective work. Making 0.5 past lightspeed and doing the Kessel Run in under twelve parsecs. Drawing naked people with sufficient time and reference material. Connecting a flux capacitor to an oscillation overthruster. Running away from exploding things. Running away from things which are about to explode. Running away from things which probably won't explode, but you can't be too careful these days. Making meat pies.
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
Probably the rousing theme song which blares forth whenever I enter the room. It's quite catchy.

Honestly, I have no idea. I often think I'm one of those really nondescript people who'd be perfect spies.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Books:
I like narrowly-focused histories of small, yet pivotal things. "Scurvy" by Stephen Bown, "Longitude" by Dava Sobel, and "The Book of Absinthe" by Phil Baker, for example. I'm fond, in equal measure, of P.G. Wodehouse, Raymond Chandler, and H.P. Lovecraft. I'm currently reading "Anathem", "Two Years Before the Mast", and a collection of papers about artifacts recovered from the wreck of the Mary Rose. I'm waiting for George R.R. Martin to get around to finishing "A Song of Ice and Fire".

I also read a fair amount of graphic novels, an increasing number of which do not feature people running around in their pajamas and indulging in ultraviolence. "Persepolis" and "Pyongyang" were recent favorites, and I'm making my way through the annotated edition of "From Hell". I also really, really like Ben Katchor's homage to New York That Was in "Julius Knipl: Real-Estate Photographer".

That said, I do like the superhero stuff. Astro City was awesome. I'm exceedingly fond of Doctor Strange. Matt Fraction's recent stint on Hawkeye is amazing.
I suspect I will continue to have much to say on the subject of Batman when I am old and doddering (and it occurs to me that my generation is destined to become a very odd bunch of codgers).

Movies
A whole bunch of arty stuff not made in the U.S.; most mid-20th Century film noir, a smattering of costume dramas, the occasional Big Dumb Action Movie, and frequent big clever action movies. I keep hoping that whoever is in charge of adapting DC comics characters for the screen will remember that they're supposed to be *fun* (this seems a problem only with their movies right now; I'm enjoying "Arrow", and have a lot of hope for the upcoming Flash series).

I really enjoyed the documentaries "Helvetica" and "Sputnik Madness". I've seen "Koyaanisqatsi" three times. "Jodorowsky's Dune" was amazing.

Also, some really awful stuff, which I actually enjoy in a non-ironic manner (I know, it's heresy to do so). This includes some classic cheese from the '50s, as well as later efforts like "Danger:Diabolik" and "Zardoz". I'm especially happy when I find a DVD of this sort of thing which has director's commentary on it, so I can get an idea of what was going through the director's head. This is hit-and-miss. Boorman's commentary on "Zardoz" was good. The commentary on "Conan the Barbarian" (which, mind you, I'm not at all categorizing as a "bad" movie) with John Milnius and Arnold Schwartzenegger, however, was dire ("Ja, John! Dis is vere dey vere making da sworrd!" "Yes, Arnold, that's right. They're making the sword." Bloody painful to listen to).

TV
Most of the same stuff the rest of you list, half of which is already off the air: Mad Men, Archer, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Arrow, White Collar. Most of Star Trek; even 3/4ths of Enterprise, and a few episodes of Voyager. Agents of SHIELD stopped disappointing me at exactly the right moment to pull me back in. I'm mysteriously fascinated by shows in which people prepare food and develop vendettas, and then get yelled at by Gordon Ramsey. I'm fascinated by Crossbones, mostly since I'm trying to figure out what accent John Malkovich thinks he's using.
I was watching Doctor Who long before it was cool. In fact, I was watching it when it was very much uncool.

Music
This is all over the place. Thomas Tallis. Guitar Wolf. George Gershwin. Django Reinhardt. Dead Can Dance. Philip Glass. Flogging Molly. JS Bach. Devo. eX-Girl. Sleater-Kinney. Richard Wagner. Fever Ray. I have a playlist with six hours of hula music.

Food
I'll eat damn near anything. I'm the sort who tries, as much as possible, to find the oddest thing on the menu. Sometimes this works beyond my wildest dreams, and sometimes I spend the next hour testing palate cleansers. The pickled squid legs in squid liver sauce (served in a disturbingly crude clay bowl) is something I will never repeat.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
-Interesting food (pickled jellyfish, anyone?)
-abundant reading material (especially pulp mysteries,
golden age and new-wave era science fiction, and histories
of the barely-noticable ephemera of everyday life which
have guided the course of civilization)
-endearingly bad movies (Gojira!!!)
-warm weather
-sleep
-coffee
-Video games. I'm the one the question about "someone who plays more than two hours of video games every day" is warning you about.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Where I'd travel if I had large amounts of time and money to throw around; my next large-scale computer upgrade; what life would be like if I could fly and possibly throw lightningbolts from my fingertips; what I ought to have for lunch; whether I want another cup of coffee; sex; which historical events I'd meddle with to make things better, if I had the chance; whether I should get a tattoo, or if that would just be a sign of impending midlife crisis; the various writing and art projects which I've left in varying states of incompletion; solving the bad tack problem of the lateen rig (I have no hope of solving this); pie.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Doing laundry, for I am the King of Excitement.

During the summer, sometimes sailing.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I'm really bad at this. Way-off-the-scale, maybe-I-should-retire-to-a-monastery bad. Really, I have no idea what I'm doing here.
But apparently that doesn't matter, since the whole thing is a trick: http://blog.okcupid.com/index.php/we-experiment-on-human-beings/
We're rats in a maze! Or ants under a magnifying glass. Or maybe just rubes at a carnival throwing tennis balls at a pyramid of weighted milk bottles.

I cannot light matches. I didn't learn how to ride a bicycle until last year, and I'm still afraid to ride in traffic.

I am convinced that all of you with pictures at Machu Picchu were there at the same time.

Also, I am Batman.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 30–42
  • Near me
  • For short-term dating
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
You can string more than a few words together, and most of them are spelled correctly. You're a bit weird, but not dangerously crazy. Common interests are good; or, you at least don't look at mine as something I should outgrow. You're culinarily adventurous, and you're curious about the world around you, and can teach me a thing or two about it.

You are inclined to play video games for two or more hours every day.