Page under extensive renovation. Everything you see is old information; take it with a grain of salt. A good number of my questions are out of date as well.
At the core, I'm obsessed with self-cultivation. I'm constantly striving to be the strongest, smartest, kindest person I'm capable of becoming.
I exercise religiously, mostly for the joy of it. I love the satisfaction of finishing a workout completely exhausted, and going to bed knowing I'll wake up just a tiny bit stronger and faster than I had been. If no part of me is sore at all, it makes me feel weak and sickly. Exercise consumes a large amount of my time and has sweeping implications on my lifestyle, so naturally it's a large plus if you share my passion for it.
I'm a strong-casual chess player; I collect chess sets and I love playing with friends over dinner. I default to chess imagery when I need a good metaphor. I'm currently working on writing a chess-playing AI program with the goal of making it strong enough to beat me; it's not quite there yet, but it's good enough to make me sweat. If you're not interested in a relationship, by all means still feel free to shoot me a message to play a round or two if you like. It's not at all necessary for you to share my interest in chess, just as long as you're not put off by it.
I'm always upbeat and optimistic and I can't abide gloominess and lethargy. Unenergetic people are among my biggest turnoffs; you have to be vivacious, and rarely if ever say "I want so-and-so but I don't want to get up and do something about it...". I love making people laugh. I'll always lend an ear to anyone who needs to vent a little, and I'll help out if I can.
I'm completely uninterested in casual sex; I'm demisexual, so I don't experience sexual attraction to anyone until a romantic bond develops first. Before a relationship and well into the beginning of one, I'm as cold as a corpse in midwinter. I mention this in case it's a deal-breaker.
I'm mostly here for the conversation. Good conversations with interesting people, and equally so for the unsavory sorts; sometimes bad conversations can be at least as amusing as decent ones. I don't favor my odds of finding dates; the place seems to be geared more toward the short term than suits my personal needs. Generally speaking, I prefer to make the first move; I don't mind rejection nearly as much as I hate rejecting people. Nevertheless, go ahead and fire off a message if you're so inclined; just at least give the last section on this page a glance beforehand if you do.