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43 M Los Angeles, CA

My Details

Last Online
Mar 2, 2008
5′ 10″ (1.78m)
Body Type
Atheism, and laughing about it
Cancer, but it doesn’t matter
Graduated from masters program
Art / Music / Writing
Relationship Status
Relationship Type
Doesn’t want kids
Likes dogs and likes cats
English (Fluently), C++ (Okay)

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My self-summary
I decided at an early age that being creative for a living would be a lot more fun than doing legitimate work. Somehow I pulled it off, and as a consequence ended up with an attitude of constant amusement at the universe. Deep down I'm something of a nerd and intellectual, but I try to keep it reigned in unless someone really brings up cognitive science at the dinner table. My friends generally call me one the wittier people they know, but that's because I pay them a regular stipend.

I am imaginative, driven, and irreverent
What I’m doing with my life
I write music for film, TV, and computer games. This means that when a director says, "I would like the music in this scene to sound like Mahler meets The Cure meets Ugandan yodeling, but catchier," I'm the guy who must maintain a professional demeanor and nod knowingly.

My life is full of creative projects, and when I'm not working on the paying ones I'm usually planning some just for my own pleasure. I dabble in musical theater writing and pop songwriting, amateur cartooning, blogging, and miscellaneous computer geekery.
I’m really good at
1) Recalling just enough of high school English class to feign literary well-roundedness, when my bookshelf is actually stocked with Heinlein, George RR Martin, et al.

2) Playing the Xaphoon. Well, technically that's not true. But I'm probably better than you, because you don't know what one is.

3) Making cute girls laugh, sometimes so they have difficulties with whatever they were drinking.

4) Identifying the interval between the two musical tones that indicate that the subway door is about to close. It's usually a major third. And they say a music degree is a waste of money.
The first things people usually notice about me
I seem uplifted by some amusing secret.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: In no purposive or coherent order, The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, the works of O. Henry, the Song of Fire and Ice cycle by George RR Martin, Quicksilver and Cryptonomicon, His Dark Materials trilogy, Economics in One Lesson, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, lots of early Heinlein when there were still coherent plots.

Music: Elliot Smith, The Cars, Genesis, Shriekback, Eminem, Tori Amos, Billy Joel, Sheryl Crow, Tom Lehrer, The Beatles, Mussorsgsky, Dvorak, Rimsky-Korsakoff, Suk, Brahms, Beethoven, Prokofiev, John Williams, Thomas Newman, Miklos Rosza, James Horner, Franz Waxman, Rachel Portman. I like to watch Amazon struggle to figure out what to suggest for me.

Movies: Original Star Wars trilogy, Dead Poets Society, Shawshank Redemption, Ratatouille, Scent of a Woman, Amelie, Defending Your Life, Braveheart, A Man for All Seasons, The Little Mermaid, Swingers, Life is Beautiful, Schindler's List, the later Cohen brothers films which actually have plots. Many more.

TV: Arrested Development, Six Feet Under, Doctor Who, Frasier, Firefly, Buffy, The Office (British version), Monty Python

Food: Indian, Italian, Ethiopian, Etruscan... anything with an "an" is generally favored. Except ants. And sushi. Yes, I know you love sushi. Open your eyes! It's uncooked fish.
The six things I could never do without
1. A piano, or reasonable simulacrum thereof.

2. Opportunities to make people laugh. Preferably cute girls, but I'm not one to turn down an audience.

3. High-speed internet access.

4. Some form of geekocentric sci-fi/fantasy novel.

5. The faculty of reason.

6. Running. Not because I'm a fitness nut, but because I want to eat pizza without consequences.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Whatever musical project is in the front of the queue. Cognitive science in general, and the creative process in particular. A return trip to Edinburgh, to see the herry coos. The next iteration of the Macintosh operating system. Hey, you asked.
On a typical Friday night I am
Out with friends at the movies and/or live theater, holed up with NetFlix, bumming away on the internet, or out for a late-night run. Or sequestered with the piano. The piano is a harsh mistress, and demands a lot of attention.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I get choked up by Amelie, George RR Martin novels, and certain episodes of Dr. Who. I suppose this automatically gets my Man card revoked.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 28–72
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating
You should message me if
You're creative and whimsical, but level-headed when necessary. You're talented, and excited by how far your abilities will take you in life. You're slightly self-absorbed, but only because you think you're so darn cool - and you do go out of your way for the people who matter most to you. You have a sense of humor that's on most of the time. You're something of a nerd or at least nerd-compatible. You have at least some interest in orchestral music (or it's going to be a short lunch conversation). You're kinda cute.

And of course, you like what you read above. A light swoon would be a nice touch, but be careful not to injure yourself.