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RyanLikesTurtles

25 Arlington, VA Man

Man

I’m looking for

  • Women
  • Ages 21–27
  • Located anywhere
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating

My details

Last online
Today – 1:16pm
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
6′ 2″ (1.88m)
Body type
Average
Diet
Strictly anything
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Never
Religion
Agnosticism, but not too serious about it
Sign
Scorpio, and it’s fun to think about
Education
Graduated from university
Job
Technology
Income
$100,000–$150,000
Status
Single
Type
Mostly monogamous
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids, and doesn’t want any
Pets
Likes dogs and likes cats
Speaks
English (Fluently), Spanish (Okay), C++ (Fluently), LISP (Okay)

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My self-summary
Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Like any good story, I should probably start off with an interesting, compelling character. Let's hope that's me!

Here's who I am in a nutshell: I'm one of those individuals who stands at the intersection of nerdiness and artsy-fartsy-ness. Yeah, we exist, and we're actually alright.

On the one hand, I'm an intellectual. Not only am I employed in my science of choice (the computer variety), but of course I indulge in a few of the things that stereotypically follow. I have an impressive Steam backlog, I (used to) know way too much about the Star Wars universe, I know my way around a few MOBAs, etc. If you Google my full name, you might find something rather embarrassing. (Yes, that's a link. Sorry mobile users!)

Aside from all the nerdiness, I really do love the pursuit of knowledge. Being a philosopher of sorts, I'm quite fond of a wide range of subjects. While I have spent quite some time refining my views, I pride myself on keeping an open mind and engaging in logical discourse. If you can prove me wrong, then you earn many kudos!

On the other hand, I do have somewhat of a creative streak in me *gasp*. I try and expose myself to the many manifestations of art when I can, but what fascinates me most is storytelling in all of its forms. Since I have no talent whatsoever with visual media, I tend to stick to the written word. Way too much of my time is spent dissecting plots and analyzing characters.

I'm a great zombie.

So that's chapter 1. Our intrepid protagonist has been introduced! Onto chapter 2...
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I'm working full time as a software engineer for now, so that takes up most of my time. Woo woo code! I don't write video games and I'm not working for google or microsoft, but what I do is actually pretty cool if you're into development theory at all.

If I have my way, I will eventually finish a few novels. Most of my free time is being funneled into "publishing" (i.e. distribute for free once I can stop myself from editing) the first of a high-fantasy series.

**It's actually up now, you can read it here for free if you'd like. www.echoesoftheequinox.com**
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Here are some things that I think I'm pretty alright at:

*MOBA's (Heroes of Newerth, Smite, DotA 2, etc). I've recently been conned into playing LoL and it's more enjoyable than I expected.
*Daydreaming
*Board/card games (euro games especially! I could write you an essay about why I loathe Settlers of Catan though)
*Apparently I'm pretty good at teaching said games as well?
*World building / plot crafting
*Moon gazing
*Magic: The Gathering
*Doing barrel rolls
*Programming (C# and Java are my forte, but I know some Lisp)
*Philosophy, particularly epistemology
*Eating dark chocolate
*Lists with blue highlighted text

And here are some thing I'm not particularly good at, but am very interested in. Perhaps you could teach me some?

*Cooking, especially awesome spicy dishes or tasty pastries
*Spinning poi
*Art history
*Any ancient mythology and their sociological impacts
*Fencing
*Urban fantasy
*Historical fiction
*Finding good coffee shops in DC
*Polyphasic sleep. I used to be on the Uberman schedule in college, and I'd very much like to get back on it.
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
Usually the height or the eyes, which seem to be the most generic responses around here. I have fairly long hair for a guy; some like it, some don't, your mileage may vary.

Personality-wise, I typically bide my time and observe in conversations. Once you get me on a topic I like, though, good luck on getting me to stop.

Also that I always wear headphones. No, seriously. In college I was well known throughout my department as "headphones kid". The CEO of my company once looked at me in shock when I got into the elevator without them on.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Books: I'm a sucker for fantasy, sci fi, and psychological thrillers. Very in-depth world-building also grabs my interest, and I have a soft spot for dystopias. Examples: The Abhorsen Trilogy, Shade's Children, The Dream of Perpetual Motion, 1984.

Movies: My guilty pleasure is Breakfast at Tiffany's, since I absolutely adore Audrey Hepburn (although I could do without the heavy patriarchal undertones -_-). If I'm going to stick through a movie, it either needs deep and compelling characters or an interesting narration style. Examples: Silence of the Lambs and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. I'm not sure if it counts, but I used to dabble in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, as you can see from one of my photos.

Shows: There are a couple that I'll watch, mostly it's comedies these days since they're easy to pick up and watch (I'm going through Archer currently). As far as anime goes, I like things that are psychologically or artistically interesting. Examples: Death Note, Gankutsuou, Eden of the East

Music: Oh my, where would I begin. I have an eclectic taste, not because I'm a music snob or a noncomforist, but because I just tend to like random stuff. I like some metal, but the lyrics have to be intelligible and clear. If it's just nonsensical grumbling, no thanks. On the flip side, there are some more low-key bands like that I enjoy as well. Basically, if it's got a good beat and smooth lyrics, there's a chance I can dig it. Examples: The Birthday Massacre, Splashdown, Edguy, Robbers on High Street. I do have one pet peeve: if they're singing in English and I can't understand 30% or more of the words then I rage pretty hard. Enunciate!

Food: I love spicy foods even though I'm not supposed to eat them often. If you make me (or better yet teach me how to make) any kind of curry or anything involving nutella, you will instantly win my heart a hundred times over.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
  1. Summer storms
  2. Scarves
  3. Dark chocolate
  4. The occasional good debate
  5. Unnecessarily large headphones
  6. Cold brew coffee. It's life changing!
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
What the Intarwebs will be like in another decade, where I left that pair of socks, and other such fine topics about the universe. I often find myself musing over small details in a plot I'm working on; it's not an uncommon occurrence for me to randomly pump my fist in the air once I've solved a plot hole.

I am absurdly excited for Transistor. If Supergiant does as superb of a job as they did with Bastion, I fully expect it to be nothing short of amazing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTik6sYT_BE

**I just finished playing this game and holy crap is it amazing. 100% recommended**
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
I'll go ahead and stray from the typical noncommittal "I can go out to bars or stay in watching netflix!" spiel. I'm an introvert; I genuinely enjoy social events but they require a lot of energy. I vastly prefer board game nights with a few friends, trying a new restaurant, or relaxing at home with a glass of wine and some writing.

Sometimes I hop on my Twitch stream. Yes, I play video games and let people watch me on the internet. Apparently I'm fairly amusing when I play horror games or do MOBA character impressions.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
It has recently dawned on me that I tend to have a liking toward the least badass version of badass things. I'm hoping someone out there finds this remotely endearing.

* I own and ride a motorcycle; but it's actually a gorgeous red vespa. It's 300cc's and I had to get an M class license and it's considered a motorcycle by Virginia law so damned if I don't refer to it with the "m" word. I kind of love it even if it slightly reduces my street cred. Her name is Sw1tch.

* I have a tattoo; but it's actually just a symbol from this book I wrote. I like to think of it not as narcissism, but a constant reminder of something very important and close to me. I'm not the universe's gift to literature, but it's good to have something you're proud of eh? [I've been trying to teach myself to tell people it means "truth-seeker" in ancient Norse without cracking a smile. It's actually worked once!]
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
there is something you'd like to learn! I actually really enjoy teaching basically anything I'm knowledgeable on.

there is something you can teach me! The things I listed are a good place to start, but I enjoy listening to whatever people are passionate about.

you are or know of a talented artist/video producer/website designer with a penchant for fantasy themes who is looking for freelance work. I'm heavily considering self-publishing and I could use a little assistance with the marketing aspects.

you aren't particularly interested in following prescribed gender roles. It's okay if you're looking for a prototypical manly man, but that's not what you're going to find here. :)

If slow response messaging isn't your thing, feel free to contact me through the chat client on this site or, more preferably, through any of the following:

Steam/AIM: thelunaravenger
LoL: Crothalus