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NerdExplorer

32 M Chicago, IL

My Details

Last Online
Online now!
Orientation
Gay
Ethnicity
Asian, White
Height
5′ 9″ (1.75m)
Body Type
Athletic
Diet
Strictly anything
Smokes
No
Drinks
Rarely
Drugs
Never
Religion
Atheism
Sign
Education
Graduated from Ph.D program
Job
Science / Engineering
Income
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Strictly monogamous
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids, but wants them
Pets
Likes dogs
Speaks
English, Chinese (Poorly), C++ (Okay)

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My self-summary
Howdy Gentlemen,

Looking to make some new friends; daydreaming about finding a special guy who's right for me. Either way, I hope to meet genuine people who have a strong sense of adventure, appreciate intelligent conversation, and perhaps share an interest or two. I enjoy the company of folk who are truly considerate and who are passionate in their own pursuits. In a partner, I ultimately hope to find a friend who'll take my hand, start running, and never look back.

So I guess that explains a little of what I'm looking for. As for a "self-summary", well...
I'm an introvert by nature and am always ruminating over something (perhaps a better term would be introspective). I am by turns shy and socially outgoing. If you happen to catch me on a shy day, simply express genuine interest and I'll open up quickly.

One way I stay active socially is through my sense of adventure and a desire to share it with others. I plan a weekly outing with friends to try new and unique things (anything from a simple neighborhood walking tour to Real Escapes [they locked us in a room filled with puzzles and a zombie and gave us an hour to escape]). While I fully appreciate the quite night in (especially when shared with a friend or a partner) I also find that I never regret going out when I can build up enough momentum to overcome the energy barrier.

I am very driven and always pushing myself to engage life actively whether its my career, my friends, or my extracurriculars. I'm intelligent in my own way (great with concepts, horrible with concretes) and am strongly attracted to intelligence in others. I'm a chromatic nerd (in descending order: science, board games, sci-fi/fantasy, RPGs, comic books). I'm a perpetual dreamer (both aspirational and fantastic) and simultaneous realist. Family is very important to me and ultimately I do hope to share one with a life-long partner.

Finally, I have an Erdos number of 6 and (with a very hefty amount of liberty taken) a Bacon number of 4 (by way of Charo).
What I’m doing with my life
I moved back to Chicago from the Bay Area about a year ago for a postdoc in a neuroscience lab. Coming from a computational background, its been a struggle (I miss being able to hit 'save' half way through an experiment in case something doesn't go right). But luckily I've always loved learning, and I derive a lot of satisfaction and esteem from my work. Ultimately, I'm curious in understanding the principles behind intelligence. (Like said I'm a huge dreamer, I point myself in the direction and stay true to the course. Perhaps I won't get there but I'll enjoy the discoveries I make along the way)

Outside of work, I enjoy pursuing a wide array of hobbies. I love the outdoors and will jump at a chance to go hiking. Aside from some great friends, easy access to amazing forests and mountains is the thing I miss most about the Bay Area. Luckily, I also really like exploring urban areas, and while I lived in Chicago many years back I feel like there's still plenty of this City for me to get lost in.

I'm an avid board gamer and will often host. If your interested in joining a board game night, just ask. I'm fairly welcoming. I'm a universal gamer, so we usually play a full mixture of light pick-up games, thematic ameritrash (a term I use lovingly), and heavier euro-style strategy games. I actually enjoy hosting get-togethers with my friends in general, whether its something as simple as a weekly viewing of Game of Thrones, or a more complex 5-course dinner gathering, or a no holds barred themed party. I'm still growing my friend base hear in Chicago though (part of the reason for this profile), so if your interested in making some new friends to really geek out with, please do send me a message.

I'm also a bit of a role playing geek. I've tussled precariously with a multi-headed dragons upon narrow stone bridge, I've thwarted insane cultists in their plans to release the Elder Gods, and I've molded mortal flesh into art in the hidden bowels of my Constantinople mansion. For me roleplaying is equal parts group storytelling and the pure excitement of participating in an epic clash of swords and sorcery. If anyone has an opening in their roleplaying group, I'd love to meet.

To compliment the above geekiness, I could add that I really like dancing. I appreciate any opportunity to shake my tail feathers whether its at a club or a class. Currently a friend and I are looking to learn tap. Hmm, I guess that doesn't compliment my geekiness so much as accentuate it, but I do really like going to the clubs, that's cool... right?

And then there's the catch-all. As I've mentioned before, I love trying new things. As long as its something you can really jump into. Let's take acting classes, explorer the neighborhoods of Chicago one-by-one, or try our hands at archery. Friends and a partner are both great for encouraging you to go out and try something new. Lets encourage each other.
I’m really good at
Teaching. I love discovering the fundamentals underlying complex systems, a passion that guides both my research and my teaching.
The first things people usually notice about me
This changes from day-to-day and based on context. Around campus, its likely to be the fact that I'm reading while walking (low hanging branches are the bane of my daily commute). In the city, I might be sporting a bow-tie and suspenders. Or later in the year it will likely be that I'm dressed in tank-top and shorts in sub-zero weather.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Perhaps not terribly surprising considering my profession, I read a lot of science fiction and science nonfiction. I'm a big fan of the Honor Harrington series. I also have been reading a lot of old classics, largely because I can get them for free on my kindle.

Podcasts: Probably the majority of my media diet consists of podcasts. They keep me engaged while leaving me free to do my work. Favorites include "Good Job Brain" (trivia), "Penn's Sunday School" (skepticism and libertarianism), "Freakonomics" (the hidden side of everything), and "The History of Rome" (surprisingly, the history of Rome).

Magazines: Make, Mental Floss, Games.

Movies: I love movies I can escape into. Saccharine or macabre, doesn't matter as long as it pulls you into another world. Amelie is great for the introvert that loves finding pleasure in life. Labyrinth was one of my favorites as a child and still is. And The Hours always makes me cry.

Television: Walking Dead. Game of Thrones. Orange is the New Black.

Music: I have an eclectic taste in music, generally favoring the melodic. Recently I've been listening to a lot of Regina Spektor, Jack Johnson, Dion (DiMucci not Celine, though I'm not afraid to admit that I own the Titanic soundtrack... OK maybe a little afraid), and Rolling Stone. Tchaikovsky's probably my favorite composer and The Beatles are my favorite band.

Food: Yumm. I love exploring new cuisines. Sushi, Ethiopian, and Chinese are probably my faves.
The six things I could never do without
Cognitively: 1) Deep questions to ponder over and 2) New experiences
Socially: 3) Intelligent conversations and 4) Genuine people to consider family
Extracurricularly: 5) Board Games and 6) Hiking opportunities whether urban or natural
I spend a lot of time thinking about
"What do you get if you multiply six by nine?"

How complex systems (the universe, the brain, life) can emerge from relatively simple rules and atomic units (physics, neurons, evolution).

How free-will requires determinism.

What to do for next week's Sunday Adventure.
I’m looking for
  • Everybody
  • Ages 25–40
  • Located anywhere
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
You think we could be friends.
Perhaps you're interested in coming to a board game night. Or you're curious what the next Sunday Adventure will be.