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Novelocrat

27 M Urbana, IL

My Details

Last Online
Yesterday – 5:00am
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 7″ (1.70m)
Body Type
Average
Diet
Mostly kosher
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Never
Religion
Judaism, and somewhat serious about it
Sign
Education
Working on Ph.D program
Job
Student
Income
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids
Pets
Likes dogs
Speaks
English (Fluently), French (Poorly), C++ (Fluently), LISP (Okay), Hebrew (Poorly)

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My self-summary
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For me, the greatest fun in the world is learning something new. I satisfy my curiosity in all sorts of ways, from conversations and books, to cooking interesting concoctions, to venturing out and taking in my surroundings. I'm looking for someone who wants to explore with me.

One way I feed that curiosity is that I almost never 'zone out' - I'm always paying attention to things people say to me and stuff that happens around me. The upshot of this is that if you tell me about something you like or care about, I'll actually remember it.

I make a subtle hobby of finding small ways I can make life better for people around me. Trash on the ground near a can? Pick it up and toss it. Cut or scrape? I've got a bandage in my backpack.

I've got a pretty dry, absurd sense of humor. I usually respond to sarcasm by playing it straight, to see where people will go with it.

Note: my pictures mostly show me bearded, but that's pretty variable. I'm clean-shaven at the moment. Really, it comes down to accommodating whoever's likely to be kissing me.
What I’m doing with my life
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I'm working on a Ph.D. in Computer Science. I'm looking forward to eventually moving away to a real city in a region with mountains and reasonable seasons. Working on spinning a startup out of my research lab, so that departure may get put off a bit even after I graduate.

When I'm feeling domestic, I like cooking and baking all sorts of things. My friends tell me my pecan pie (with home-made flaky crust and custard-style filling) is particularly delicious

I try to enjoy the outdoors as much as I can. Weekends are great for hiking, biking, and climbing.

Anytime I visit a new city, I seek out small/local chocolate makers. I haven't truly explored a place until I've had a bar of simple dark chocolate made there :-). I'm now up to a few dozen varieties sampled, between what I can buy around here and what I find in my travels.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Working calmly through stressful occasions.

Keeping my companion warm on a cold night.

Sounding way more serious than I almost ever am.
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
My long, curly mane.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Foods: cuisines of many cultures - Thai, Indian, and Mexican/Tex-Mex in particular. Stuff with lots of flavor, or with distinctive flavor and style. Spicy dishes, enough to clear the sinuses at least. Black Dog BBQ gets a special call-out.

Dark chocolate gets a category of its own. You know how some people will do the 100 beers per year challenges at Blind Pig and Crane Alley, or fill up whiskey passports at Seven Saints? That's me with chocolate. World Harvest keeps enough variety cycling through that I can always find something new to try.

Reading: Sci-fi, fantasy, random non-fiction. Well-written essays. News of relative import, mostly via the BBC (I like their slightly sneering tone toward American politics; I think we've earned it). Whatever my friends say I should borrow from them.

Recent books I've liked include Sanderson's and Rothfuss's ongoing epic series, and Haldeman's The Forever War.

Webcomics: Questionable Content, xkcd. Probably PhD Comics, eventually. I'm trying to hold off on that one until I really need procrastination fodder.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
0. Sunlight (But not too much; a summer week in Alaska messed with my body clock something fierce!).
1. Sleep (at least six hours per night - can't be too greedy :-) ).
2. Interesting things to think about.
3. Something to write on, so that I don't forget everything mundane while thinking about things esoteric. (and 3a: something with which to write - I won't cheat and call that five)
4. Community - the assorted friends, family, and other wonderful people that are part of my life.
5. The written/printed word.
6. A solid pair of shoes to carry me through my adventures.

Oddly enough, I could live without my computers, cell phone, and car. I'd probably have to take up a different line of work if I did, though.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
- The next research paper
- The fun things I'm working on that can't lead to papers
- How to fix the egregious brokenness I occasionally see in the world around me
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I read compulsively. If you put something with text in front of me, I will tend to start reading it. Kid's cereal boxes are a delicious trap.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 22–33
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
There's some endeavor that you're passionate about, that you're willing to share. I'm all ears.

You just want a smart dude with whom to cuddle.