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My self-summary
Nerd, optimist, autodidact, intellectual wanna-be, enigma.

I think I'm a good mix of emotional (thoughtful, caring etc.) and rational (good at stifling insecurities and all of that girly nonsense).
What I’m doing with my life
Building a business and plotting my brilliant future.
I’m really good at
Thinking. Walking in other people's shoes. "Reading" animals. Cooking. Self-sufficiency. Procrastinating. Dealing with difficult people. Tsudoku.
The first things people usually notice about me
Apparently I always look tired. My resting expression is also kind of serious/stern, which is a bit dismaying.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
The books that have probably had the greatest impact on me in the last few years are the Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies by Robin Hobb. Also a fan of the Song of Ice and Fire books, though I hit a bit of reader's apathy at book four and haven't picked it up again yet. I LOVE Jorge Luis Borges and Mervyn Peake. Also Calvin and Hobbes. I recently got into audiobooks for efficiency's sake and am listening to Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.

Favorite movie, if I had to pick one, would probably be Shawshank Redemption. It's such a serious movie, but I love it because it's about hope and the triumph of character over circumstance, and friendship. I also think 12 Angry Men is one of the most perfect movies ever made.

Favorite shows? I re-watch Firefly often, secretly hoping it won't end abruptly this time around. I recently discovered and watched the entire run of Community, now I'm on to Parks and Rec. Old favorites are Friends, Scrubs, Star Trek: TNG and NYPD Blue. I watch the Late Late Show regularly, more for the host than for the B celebrities that come on. Favorite animes are Cowboy Bebop, FMA: Brotherhood, and FLCL... and Cowboy Bebop again.

For music, safe to say I will happily listen to rock and roll and most of its sub-genres. I don't really have favorite bands or artists because everyone has a handful of bad/just average songs, but I do like most things by Pink Ffloyd, Counting Crows and They Might Be Giants. With other genres I like things on a case-by-case basis, I can enjoy some rap but not all, same with classical, etc. My phone is full of film and video game scores and weird silly songs like Yes We Have No Bananas and Kung Fu Fighting.

Favorite podcasts - Freakonomics, Radiolab, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, EconTalk, StarTalk, The Moth, The Weeds, Penn's Sunday School, Hidden Brain, This American Life. Wish I had time and attention for more.

Food - I'm always game for sushi or other good Asian food - as distinguished from cheap Asian take-out, which is also good, but not always what you want. I am an incurable carnivore and relish a good steak, burger or piece of salmon - but I've learned to learned to love a good salad as well. I don't care for soup but I love ramen, though my chopstick skills go out the window when eating it. I do have my quirks of taste - I love fries but hate ketchup, and I love Italian, but don't like foods swimming in sauce.
The six things I could never do without
Sarcastically Literal Six -


Materialistic Six -

Smart phone
Good sharp knives
Counter space
A good pair of shoes
Money... this one might belong in the literal six.

Spiritual Six -

Trees and birds and all those nature-y things (yet still I love New York)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Deep philosophical questions, the origins of random words, and the problem of how to have a social life when one works on weekends. Also, why it is that pretty much all men on OKC "might" want kids - are you really undecided or is there some fear of women with baby fever at work?
On a typical Friday night I am
Work late, get home, walk dog, read/Reddit/Rocksmith/study. I will go out sometimes as well despite working the next day.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I hate Harry Potter. I read all seven books just to make sure he didn't develop any redeeming qualities. He didn't.
You should message me if
- you're not intimidated by how red my message button probably is.
- you're tired of the girls you meet in bars, or just don't like bars.
- you want to meet a girl who is independent, loving, smart and fun.
- you are Glenn Rhee, or a reasonable facsimile.
- your profile photo is not a picture of your pecs.
- you are confident and kind.
- you want to have a "who's the bigger optimist" contest..