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VirulentShadow

27 M San Antonio, TX

My Details

Last Online
Yesterday – 9:47pm
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 10″ (1.78m)
Body Type
Average
Diet
Strictly anything
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Religion
Atheism, and very serious about it
Sign
Education
Graduated from masters program
Job
Education
Income
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids
Pets
Likes dogs and has cats
Speaks
English (Fluently), German (Poorly)

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My self-summary
Hiya! Name’s Sean. Nice to meet ya! A bit about me:

- I'm a high school English teacher. :) My undergrad background is in English, history, and astronomy from UT Austin, while my grad background is in literature, creative writing, and rhet/comp from UTSA. I've worked with students aged 10 and up, but my current job involves Eng. III AP/DC.

- I proudly identify as both a geek and a nerd. Sci-fi and fantasy, astronomy and physics, creative and intellectual exercises, stories and language, world history, games of all sorts, and martial arts all are big parts of my life. Have fun and be proud :)

- I've done a bit of traveling in my life -- mostly through Europe and North America -- though I'd really like to do more. Moreover, I'm tired of living in Texas, and would really like to move somewhere (the northwest, maybe?) in a few years.

- I love spices and cooking and good beer!

- I'm a staunch and active Humanist. Humanism is a lifestance that advocates secular ethics and empathy, human-wide equality/justice and dignity/agency without erasure, a reliance on reason, evidence, the scientific method, and critical questioning, and a dedication to creative growth and fulfillment. This influences my politics, and I consider myself very progressive/liberal. Moreover, I'm a skeptic, an atheist, and an antitheist.

- I'm an introvert; this is a great take on what that actually means. The INTJ Myers-Briggs profile describes me fairly accurately, as well.

- I don't have paying publications, but I've been writing short stories and poetry for a good long while. I love critiquing and doing close readings of other people's work, and I've recently started writing some novel-length material. Writing is definitely part of who I am.
What I’m doing with my life
Teaching, reading, writing, hanging out. Enjoying the ride.
I’m really good at
(I like to think I'm good at) writing. I'm pretty good at teaching, too, or so I've been told.
The first things people usually notice about me
Personality wise: I'm nerdy and slightly awkward; I can be reserved and contemplative one minute, and the next be on a tangential/goofy rant.

Physically: My tattoos from ASOIAF, perhaps -- Valar Morghulis up my right arm, and Valar Dohaeris down my left.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: (these are the pieces that really shaped my life)
[Fantasy]
-A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
-The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
[Sci-fi]
-The Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons
-Ender's Game by OSC
-socially/intellectually conscious work like Philip K. Dick or Robert A. Heinlein
[Graphic Novels]
-Watchmen
-V for Vendetta
[General fiction]
-Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee
[Science]
-Love's Executioner by Irvin D. Yalom
[Poetry]
-Older: John Donne is my favorite poet (brilliant conceits, beautiful writing)
-Newer: Terrance Hayes, Martin Espada, and Matthea Harvey have been pretty impressive in the last couple of years or so.
[Plays]
-Renaissance tragedies (Shakespeare, Marlowe, Kyd, and Middleton, oh my!)
-Arthur Miller's work

TV:
BSG/Battlestar Galactica, Farscape, Rome, Deadwood, Dead Like Me, Firefly, Game of Thrones, Buffy!

I watch plenty of other stuff as well, though I don't necessarily consider these shows in my "top" list: Walking Dead, Sherlock, Newsroom, Supernatural, ST:TNG, ST:DS9, Stargate SG-1/A/U, Castle, Defiance, Spartacus, Suits, Face Off, Helix, misc. things on NatGeo, Travel channel, Science, etc.

Music: (just a taste)
-metal -- Kamelot, Nightwish, Katatonia
-rock -- Eve 6, Dave Matthews, Jethro Tull, Puscifer/APC
-celtic/neo-folk -- L. McKennitt, Faun, Omnia, Dead Can Dance
-trance -- Armin van Buuren, Oakenfold
-scores/trailer music -- Bear McCreary, Two Steps from Hell
-indie -- Imogen Heap, Rob Dougan, Azam Ali

Movies:
The Fifth Element, Pulp Fiction, Star Wars (III-VI), V for Vendetta, Jurassic Park, Alien, Indiana Jones (Last Crusade (best) and Lost Ark), The Count of Monte Cristo, 10 Things I Hate About You, Shakespeare in Love, Dune and Children of Dune miniseries, wuxia films like Hero or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Places Traveled:
UK, Germany (lived for a month), Hungary (lived for a month), Switzerland, Austria, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Mexico, Canada, and multiple US states including Alaska.

There are plenty of hopeful destinations on the list as well, including China, the Mediterranean/Middle East/Northern Africa, Australia/NZ, etc.

Pets:
Two black cats -- Azazel and Silverhammer.

PC Games:
RPGs
Baldur's Gate series
Dragon Age: Origins
Strategy
Civilization III/V
Total War series
FPSs
BF3

Other Video Games:
I'm not a console gamer. Never had one, don't want one.

Board Games:
Chess, Game of Thrones (the boardgame... it's awesome!), LOTR Risk, Settlers of Catan, Munchkin, Hackmaster (pnp)

Martial Arts:
Kuk Sool Won (9 years); Americanized Kung Fu, Wushu, Capoeria, Judo (dabbled in each, total time about 3 years); fencing (1 semester); archery (4 years)

Telescope:
A 6” Newtonian reflector in rough shape.

Drinks of choice:
Milk, flavorful and unique beers, water.

Food of choice:
Mostly anything, though I have a preference for virtually any meat, hardy cheeses, dark spinach and kale, and whole grain breads.

Pizza? All meat. Plus mushrooms and green onion sometimes.
Candy? Skittles or Reeses.
Spice? Garlic goes on everything, and saffron is heavenly.
Herbs? Basil is the best.
Condiment? Mustard and mayo combined with some Tabasco sauce (or Frank's Red Hot). Ketchup's way overrated.

Misc:
- As a rule, *not* into anime/manga/cosplay/Japanese culture, nor am I a fan of Dr. Who (both of which are huge in the general geek population), though there can be exceptions.

- I'll admit to getting annoyed when I see that people enjoy reading Bill Bryson (especially *A Short History of Nearly Everything*). While his work is quite readable, he gets a lot of things scientifically/factually/logically wrong, and he therefore misinforms the public with his "layperson's account" of things. There are plenty of better introductions to science than this.

- I spent some time hanging out with David Peterson -- the ConLanger who made the languages of Dothraki and Valyrian for Game of Thrones, and Castathan and Irathient for Defiance. I also hung out with Natasha Trethewey -- our poet laureate. Back when I lived in Houston, I met some astronauts... It's interesting to look at who our heroes are.

- Random people to look up: Tim Minchin (comedy, music, atheism), Neil deGrasse Tyson (science activism), Felicia Day (geek activism)
The six things I could never do without
I never liked this kind of question... umm, in no order:
1. My mind -- I like the way I think and approach/see reality.
2. Music -- though I can't play, I find a large amount of peace in it, whether it's metal or classical.
3. Stories -- books, tv shows, movies, my own writing, listening to people.
4. Space -- science -- especially astronomy/cosmology -- has always been a large part of who I am.
5. Friends -- I have never had many, and I thrive in small circles rather than extended groups, but a few intimate friends are necessary for me.
6. Knowledge, and access to it -- I'm a huge information-fiend, and I love learning.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The progress of humanity and the future of the human race. The worlds in and of my imagination. Food. Stories to read and tell.
On a typical Friday night I am
Depends... reading or tv alone, game night with a few people...
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm a metalhead who likes a bit of Lady Gaga and Pink. I don't know; I'm a pretty open book.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 22–40
  • Located anywhere
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating
You should message me if
...you've read and enjoyed all of this! :)

...we not only have interests in common (books, music, tv, hobbies, etc.), but our "scores" seem compatible:
Match > 85%
Friend > 75%
Enemy < 15%
# of questions in common > 150
(It's about whether we'd get along or not, not just if we like the same things.)

...you're a skeptic, an atheist, an antitheist, and/or just generally atheist/skeptic-friendly. Bonus points if you know how to qualify your belief (agnostic atheist, etc.)

...you're quite socially liberal/progressive (equality, dignity, empathy, tolerance, choice, etc.)

...you identify as a nerd or a geek who would like to have a rousing discussion about books, games, tv, philosophy, education, etc.

...you're looking for friends or for a date "located anywhere" or are interested in someone who is looking for friends/date "located anywhere" (i.e. me).

Please be advised to NOT message me if:
...your idea of an engaging first message to me is a random, one-line question, or worse, is just, "Hey." If I can put in the time to write my profile and send out engaging messages that have substance, you can too.

...you think knowledge is a blunt instrument to make you look cool, rather than a precious commodity meant to progress humanity (i.e. if you identify as a hipster and have read David Foster Wallace because it's the "smart" thing to do).

...you find condescending sarcasm to be a normal approach you take in dealing with your friends and/or people in general. I'm not into condescension, drama, or hurting my friends.

...you're socially conservative and/or have religious leanings.

Note:
I like reading people's explanations to questions we differ on; if that's your thing too, I've got lots of explanations with my answers to create conversation... could be a good message opener, if you don't directly want to talk about interests and hobbies :)