I'm not unique in stating that I hate this part, but I do imagine that I hate it more so than many. I'll aspire to flesh out the gaps over time. My profile reminds me a bit of a long, unfocused first draft, so read what interests you, and you'll probably get a decent idea whether I interest you.
I'm decidedly the nerdy, academic, intellectual type. I'm not militant about it and will have fun hiking, boating, skiing, or attending a football game. You needn't necessarily be a nerd or academic to date or befriend me, but it doesn't bother me that that these descriptors fit me and it shouldn't bother you either.
I'm a dog person. I'm big on animals in general, but dogs especially. Regrettably, I don't currently come home to a canine thanks to the prohibitive cost and availability of a dog-friendly apartment, but there are two English Setters (one with my parents and one with my sister) whom I helped raise from puppies and they certainly respond as though they're my dogs.
I've spent all of my professional life in school, doing research, or working with students who are on the autism spectrum or have related neurobehavioral disorders. I've enjoyed all of these endeavors and intend to get my Ph.D before I end up in my terminal career.
I'm Jewish by upbringing and culture, but not religious. I had an education in Judaism and a Bar-Mitzvah at 13, but I find too many of the religious aspects to be at odds with scientific plausibility and common sense. That said, I am a believer in the tradition or being with my family and celebrating holidays, but as a celebration of family and cultural tradition, not religious doctrine.
I enjoy a lot of the quintessential nerd recreational activities. Dungeons and Dragons, table-top games, various sci-fi and fantasy activities, video games, and construction of elaborate Halloween costumes and contraptions from duct tape and cardboard are all great fun. For more physical recreation, I enjoy hiking, boating (sail, paddle, or motor), and skiing (I never did a lot of racing, but spent years doing handicapped ski instruction). In the winter, I'll head out to play in the snow or go sledding with very little provocation. Wandering around the city on foot can be just as much fun as hiking a trail, given the right company. I'll happily spend hours discussing philosophy, science, possible alternatives to the electoral college, or just about anything that might be the subject of a TED talk. I'm also plenty happy to talk about less serious topics; zombie exit plans, horribly awesome cartoons from the 90's, what constitutes cheating in Draw Something.
I'm told I cook well, especially for a straight male. I enjoy cooking without a recipe because I learn a lot more that way. I've come up with some good stuff and some catastrophic failures and learn from both.
I think I'm a pretty nice guy. I hope I am, anyway, as I try to be. My friends seem to like me, and most of them have pretty decent judgement. They tell me I have a dry sense of humor. I seem to make people laugh. Sometimes it is at a joke, sometimes it is at me. I suppose either works. I'm pretty introverted, but that doesn't mean I don't like people. I'll go out and be social, even when it scares the hell out of me. It would probably help if you are a little more outgoing than I am, but most people are, so that isn't a problem (nor is it a problem if you are also shy).