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the_veen

30 M Seattle, WA

My Details

Last Online
Yesterday – 6:04pm
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
6′ 3″ (1.91m)
Body Type
A little extra
Diet
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Religion
Atheism
Sign
Taurus, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Working on university
Job
Technology
Income
$60,000–$70,000
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids
Pets
Likes dogs and likes cats
Speaks
English (Fluently), French (Okay), Japanese (Poorly)

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My self-summary
I'm 30 and I live in Greenwood. I work as a Game Designer at Wizards of the Coast. I also do contract work as a Solution Architect for a web analytics consulting firm (I'm sure that's excitement enough, ladies, and I await your PMs).

I like profiles with lists, so here is a list:

-- I'm very social. I like people. More people tends to be more awesome. ENFP.

--I like the internet. It's our generation's TV, but easier to customize and infinitely more useful when not used to procrastinate. It's awe-inspiring technology capable of letting me communicate across unbelievable distances at incredible speeds by manipulating electrons. I use it to watch funny cat videos and find cute girls.

--I like games. I still can't believe I have my dream job at my dream company. 18-year-old me would be happy to know the 12 years ahead pay off. I love card games, board games, video games, etc. Figuring out systems and how things work is a central part of what makes me tick. I enjoy optimization algorithms and rewards, because I am a simple creature that evolution got hooked on seratonin and dopamine.

(Sidenote: I tend to use the "Add an explanation" feature quite liberally when answering questions on this site. If you want to get a glimpse at what makes me tick that's slightly more specific than a self-summary overview, hop over to see what questions I've answered. Some of these were answered in ancient historical times, so answers might have shifted slightly. Past me is a pretty cool dude, overall, but he isn't perfect.)
What I’m doing with my life
Working, reading, learning, playing, lifting, eating, sleeping.

I used to do stand up, and I miss it, so I might try to do that again this year.
I’m really good at
Making a good time out of most situations, technology, communication, making people laugh, learning, device battery management, airports.
The first things people usually notice about me
I gesticulate a lot.

I have a tendency to speak in very exact terms and can occasionally sound like a textbook. I sometimes forget that I'm not among nerds or friends and ask someone to "Define X" where x was something ambiguous or lacking an antecedent.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Favorite is hard, I'll just throw up what I'm into now.

Books:

Latest nonfiction book was A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. Wildly informative and very entertaining. If you've ever wished science class was just a brief overview of every important discovery humanity has ever made in chronological order but you don't consider yourself a "science person" (and especially if you do), pick this one up.

I'm about to start The Information.

Previous recent favorites in nonfiction:

Stumbling on Happiness. Does for modern psychology what A Brief History of Time did for physics. An amazing jaunt through how people think and remember. (Despite the title that makes it sound like an awful self-help book).

I read a lot of economics books.

On the fiction side of things, I'm a huge fan of Neal Stephenson. Snow Crash and The Diamond Age were excellent. Anathem is one of my all time favorites. Cryptonomicon was dense but fun. His newest, Reamde was pretty good, but can't stand up to his greats. I also recently finished the Golden Age trilogy by John C. Wright. The first one currently ranks as the best book I've ever read.

I'm about to start John C. Wright's latest. It probably won't top The Golden Age, but I might just be surprised.

I like high theory books, sci fi is a running theme.

Shows: Top 3 are probably Breaking Bad, Arrested Development, and Firefly. It's Always Sunny is hilarious. Archer is great, but I love anything Jon Benjamin does.

Movies: I like movies. Last movie I saw in the theater was Ender's Game. Favorite movie is Snatch. I used to work in a rental store (yeah, they existed), so I've seen a lot of movies. Ask me how many times I've seen The Emperor's New Groove.

Music: Pandora is a good thing. Current favorite stations: Clutch, Daft Punk, and Soul Coughing. I'm told I should switch to Spotify.

Food: Thai (Any stir-fry), Japanese (Ramen, Sushi, Miso anything), Mexican (Tacos, Burritos), Mediterranean (Gyro, Felafel, Pita/Hummus). Isn't it great that we live in an age where we have access to anything that anyone in the entire world considers delicious?
The six things I could never do without
1) My friends. If this isn't number one on everyone's list, they need to get better friends.* I'm extremely lucky to have met the caliber of people I get to call my friends.

*(or they are a totally awesome introvert)

2) Books. I enjoy reading a lot.

3) Job. Income means I get to sustain myself as well as buy things.

4) Bandwidth. I love being connected and being able to answer any question that I dream up near instantly. It's pretty amazing to know that I can now carry around in my pocket both a computing device and internet connection that were unthinkable 10 years ago.

5) Caffeine. It's the only psychoactive drug that makes mornings safer.

6) My computer. We're pals. It's a needy pal, but when it whines, at least it's descriptive and gives me insight as to how to help. Unlike babies, babies have very poor and nondescript error messages.

(if you don't believe friends and job count for this sort of question, replace those entries with Phone and Comfortable Pants, respectively)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Systems and society.

The philosophies and ideas of politics are interesting. I really love thinking about how 6,000,000,000+ people organize themselves to cooperate and considering ways to improve it.

I mean, I have no idea how to farm, I don't know how to fix a car, I can't build a house, the list goes on. Yet, because of a remarkably powerful system of incentives, communication, wealth creation, and trade, I have all of the things I need to live just because I'm good at math and can help people decide what data to collect on their websites. Society and the world economy are awe inspiring, and I have spent a lot of time and effort on trying to understand as much of it as I can. I feel like there are areas to improve, and I know that some people disagree with my ideas. The debates that come from these disagreements are very interesting.

Games and media.

I spend a lot of time consuming media like music, TV, books, and movies, so a lot of mental cycles are spent on that. I also play a lot of board/card/video/etc games, it's fun to be in the flow state and solve puzzles.
On a typical Friday night I am
Out with friends, reading, watching a movie, surfing the internet. I don't really have a "typical" Friday, I usually just do whatever seems like the best option that night and run with it.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I used the phrase "awe inspiring" twice when creating this profile (once is probably too many), but the worst part is the inconsistent hyphenation. To my credit, one of those paragraphs was copy/pasted from a question response, but it's still embarrassing.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 24–34
  • Near me
  • For long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
you want to. I want to read it.