Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I'm yet another software guy on the West coast and with that come
certain expectations, some of which I hit pretty well. A bit of a
beer snob, like to read and enjoy board games. Wear shorts and a
t-shirt to work (when it's warm), and play D&D once a week with
I also lift weights, rock-climb from time to time and own a bow
(not for hunting). Used to train in static trapeze but had to take
a break due to some surgery and haven't had the time to pick it
My background is also pretty unique, a Russian immigrant to Canada
who managed to attend 7 schools before graduating high school (2 in
the US, 1 in Canada, the rest in Moscow). Internships in Toronto,
New York, Seattle and San Francisco before settling in Seattle for
Just for fun, here's my Kickstarter profile
Not sure whether it says anything about me...
What I’m doing with my life
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Going to work, drinking tea, going to the gym, drinking
OK, OK, there's more.
Most Tuesdays I'm at Cafe Mox after work for a weekly board game
night with friends.
I spend all my money on Kickstarter projects. It's bad.
Recently I remembered how much I like cycling so I'm thinking of
picking that up again for long distances.
Update: completed STP 2015, 120 miles day 1 + 86 miles day 2.
Travel deserves special mention here. I feel like travel objectives
say a lot about a person.
I traveled a lot as a child with my parents and now that I have
time off again am picking it back up.
Went to Germany for Oktoberfest 2014
(Munchen-Berlin-Dusseldorf-Koln-Bonn), Spain 2015 (Barcelona,
Valencia, Madrid) and planning more.
On the list:
1) Sledding with huskies either in Alaska or Northern Europe in
2) Northern Europe (possibly joined with Iceland).
3) Swiss Alps, apparently the canyoning there is great. Also the
After going on a trip with some friends I realized that there's a
certain level of compatibility required to avoid the desire to
strangle everyone half-way through.
When in a new country, I'm usually not too excited by the usual
tourist-y sights. I come for food, events and some more active
Here's a rough list of my objectives:
1) Climb all the towers
2) Eat all the food, drink all the drinks
3) See all the culturally relevant live shows
4) Do something active
Science museums are always near the top of the list, of
On my recent Germany trip I'm really sad that I didn't get to bike
along the Rhein from Dusseldorf to Bonn (~5 hours), definitely
something I'd plan for on a future visit. Also, failed to see a
punk show while in Dusseldorf (was canceled), another future
In Spain, definitely did not spend enough time swimming (15 min)
and it would be nice to do a longer hike/bike ride through some
Madrid parks. A definite bucket list item is attending a concert at
the royal palace where the Stradivari quartet makes an
Bonus: some stuff I might do in the near future:
1) Get a motorcycle (again).
2) Learn how to fly. This is more of a "next few years" thing.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
There's the obvious work-related stuff, but apart from that I'm
pretty good at solving logic puzzles and organizing people.
Lately I've been getting much better at snapping my fingers and
saying "No! Bad!" in my sternest voice.
The first things people usually notice about me
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If you see me on the street, I'm probably walking fast. Really
I'm really damn excited about pretty much everything. That,
combined with my extreme confidence, can intimidate quieter people
and I've been told to reserve my enthusiasm in order to avoid
scaring those who don't know me too well. Working on it...
It also seems like I have an approachable vibe, people always ask
me for directions (bad idea) or to spot them at the gym...
Old ladies love to strike up conversations on buses/trains, I don't
(It could also be because I'm the only one not wearing headphones
and/or playing with my phone)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Mostly sci-fi and fantasy, when in a reading mood I can go through
2-3 books a week and staying up until 4am on a work night is a
Asimov, Bradbury, Goodkind and Pratchett are among old favorites,
Jim Butcher and Pat Rothfuss more recent ones.
All over the place. Apart from all the superhero movies that we all
watch with friends, I love going to film festivals, checking out
obscure titles and periodically getting burned by some 3-hour
disaster of a movie. Most recently this was Hard to Be a God at
SIFF, loved the book, movie was a mess even for a native Russian
My current recommendation would be Witching and Bitching, it might
not be a good film but damn it, it's a hilarious one!
Watched Before Night Falls to see Johnny Depp cross-dress.
Following the general theme, sci-fi/fantasy shows get my attention
although not many of them are good enough to keep watching.
Can you guess whether I love Firefly?
I'm not a huge anime buff but will watch series based on
recommendations from friends. Code Geass and FMA are at the top of
Mostly metal/rock/punk. Maiden, Metallica and Dream Theater are
I don't go to too many shows but it's really a product of company
and the band playing. While in Dusseldorf I was 100% on board with
seeing some local punk bands at a venue the size of a shoe-box
(AK47 in case you're familiar).
I enjoy most food so picking favorites is not easy.
On weekdays the burrito truck at Boren/Republican is a common
destination for lunch. (Almost) never say no to sushi, dim sum or
really anything my friends want to have (although I am often the
most adventurous eater in the group).
Cooking for myself is easier, usually nothing fancy. Chicken,
steaks and huge salads are dinner staples. I will often go out to
the apartment patio and grill some stuff for dinner.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
In no particular order of course
1) Friends and family
2) My computer and internet
4) Exercise and some associated equipment (at this point I get
super cranky if I'm separated from my foam roller for longer than a
5) Sleep (apart from needing it for silly things like
6) At the risk of sounding cheesy, I really do like a challenge and
get bored without them.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Politics/recent events, recent developments in science/tech, the
usual stuff. I can actually find pretty much anything interesting
and while I won't go out and research random topics, I'm always
happy to discuss things that I previously knew nothing about.
Copyright and patent reform. The current state and direction of
legislation is really bothering me...and the problem is that this
is not only happening in the US, but in Europe as well. The world
was clearly not ready for the internet...
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
At this point, Friday is a reliable "get off work early" day so
I'll usually head home for a solid workout, followed by a filling
dinner and some relaxation time.
On occasion I go out, maybe 1 in 3 Fridays.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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This part is one of the hardest because I'm really not a private
person so it turns into "what's the most entertaining but also
slightly risque thing you're willing to reveal?"
I have a very not-secret desire to expand my horizons in kink.
Currently thinking about rope bondage/suspension so if you're a
rope bottom who needs a partner for some CSPC workshops, let me
That said, I have no issues with seeing people who are not
interested in such exploits.
I joined OKC back in the time when you could award people trophies
and suggest edits to their profiles, the quizzes and blogs were
also much more visible.
Years of student life and moving every 4 months really didn't help,
2014 is the first year since 2009 when I don't have to pack up all
my stuff and move somewhere else.
You should message me if
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- Going with me to ramen places around Seattle about 1-2 weekends a
- Not cringing when I consume extremely large bowls of ramen or
finish the meal off with a dozen eggs (applicable where bottomless
eggs are offered).
I don't want to waste anyone's time, I'm on OKC to find potential
dates. If we exchanged a few messages and seem to get along please
don't be surprised if I try to plan an outing of some sort.
That said, if you're into some of the stuff I mentioned and need a
lifting partner or want to join my friends and I for a board game
night, let me know.
(Also, if you want to work out at a gym but have no idea where to
start, give me a shout. I provide free, although definitely
P.S. Also accepting applications for role of "travel buddy".
Apparently none of my friends are interested in a week-long Alaska
trip in the winter...need better friends...
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