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My self-summary
Socially-awkward computer geek with cat allergies seeks interesting conversation with female human. Values honesty, humor, curiosity, desire to learn, and lack of homicidal tendencies. Applicants may expect a response within 24 hours. Serious inquiries welcome. Non-serious inquiries may evoke a reciprocal response.

Not seeking romance at this time, only friendship.
What I’m doing with my life
As the estimated time of completion for my android girlfriend appears to be well into my declining years, I am forced to consider human companionship a viable option.

I'm rather interested in meeting someone who doesn't love to laugh. I've seen an inordinate number of profiles on here that claim their owners love to laugh, and as I've never met anyone who doesn't, I'm wondering how this attribute sets them apart from anyone else. Similarly, I'd like to meet someone who dislikes having fun.

Please note that as I am not trying to exclude the overwhelming majority of the population, I'm also interested in meeting people who do, in fact, like to laugh and have fun. I'm just very curious about these alleged people who don't.

Good conversation is pretty much always a higher priority for me than romance is, and as I am currently enjoying the best relationship I've ever had, I have absolutely no reason whatsoever to seek romance elsewhere. (Incidentally, she insists that she isn't secretly my android girlfriend from the future, but I'm not entirely convinced that future-me didn't program her to lie about that.)
I’m really good at
I'm really good at listing things that I'm moderately good at and/or interested in learning more about in boxes designated for things I'm really good at. Example:

Software design and development
Writing (novels, poetry)
Music composition
Achieving a lower score in bowling than anyone else in the group (This one I'm not so much interested in accomplishing any better; getting worse at getting the lowest score would be perfectly acceptable!)
The first things people usually notice about me
My computers. I have three desktops on a KVM switch. Obviously everyone would notice that first, right? I mean, one of them even has some very sexy graphics cards, and two of them run Linux!

Lately, it seems people have been noticing that my books are all available on Kindle. That makes me happy. :)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: The Wheel of Time, by Robert Jordan; The Kingkiller Chronicle, by Patrick Rothfuss; Lorien Legacies; several different things by Terry Brooks, David Eddings, and Raymond Fiest; The Dark Angel Chronicles, The Dragon Mage Chronicles, and Prophecy of the Ancients (I'm a little biased on those...)

Movies: Avengers (and most any superhero movie), Lord of the Rings, the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Pirates of the Caribbean, Meet Me in St. Louis, X-Men (all), Maleficent, and too many more to list! Honestly, I like most anything with a compelling story, and I tend to care more about said story than I do about which actors are in it.

TV Shows: Doctor Who, BBC's Sherlock, Bones, The Big Bang Theory, Castle, Firefly, Grimm, How I Met Your Mother, Leverage, The IT Crowd, and a few more. Recently, I've been enjoying Arrow, The Flash, Forever, and Gotham.

Music: Mozart, Enya, Loreena McKennitt, Evanescence, Jonathan Coulton, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, far too many more to list.

Food: Pizza, enchiladas, pizza, lasagna, pizza, spaghetti, pizza, chicken strips, pizza, celery, pizza, raw carrots, pizza, blueberries, pizza, cantelope... did I mention pizza?
The six things I could never do without
- My mind (losing that would potentially render me incapable of appreciating the rest)
- My family
- My computer
- My Android-based phone
- Intellectual stimulation
- Good tea
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to travel forward in time, steal the android girlfriend from my future self after she is finished, and take her back to the present. I've got it all worked out except for how to get her back to the present... Ideas are welcome.

I'm amused by the apparently large number of women on here who are looking for a man who likes to work out. While I do work out for health reasons, I don't believe I'm ever going to actually like it. I'm sorry if that's a deal breaker. As a non masochist, I'm just not likely to ever find pain enjoyable, but I wish you all well in your endeavor to find a man who does!

Lately, I've been thinking a little bit about the oddly large number of profiles on here where women claim that the best way to describe themselves is "I'm just me" or some variant thereof. I'm curious as to whether or not they've met people who were actually someone other than who they were, short of multiple-personality disorder. In the event that these women are simply attracted to tautologies, though, I'll state that we'll meet if we meet.
On a typical Friday night I am
Amused. Probably at home on my computer too. Hence the profile.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am looking for something real; imaginary things have an annoying tendency to not exist.

Also, since it's apparently important to so many people on here, I can distinguish spellings and meanings between homophones.
You should message me if
Ideal candidates will meet the following criteria:
- Female
- Able to communicate effectively
- Interested in actual interaction

Ideal candidates will fail to meet the following criteria:
- Prone to manipulative or passive-aggressive behavior
- In possession of feline companion
- Repulsed by intelligence and/or geekiness
- Polyamorous
- Conventional consumption of tobacco

I respond to all messages I receive, even the ones barely worthy of the name. If all you say is "Hi" though, you'll probably only get a "Hello" in response.

Yes, I've listed "new friends" as the only thing I'm looking for; contrary to some apparently-popular notion on here, I meant it literally. While I am currently uninterested in messages driven by the possibility of romance, I welcome conversation with neither the desire for nor the intention of anything more than friendship.

Oh yes, and in case you didn't read my summary, I am allergic to cats. If that is a problem, I'm sorry, but allergy meds really don't help.