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I'm presently passing through Thailand, Malaysia, and Australia as
I move to Auckland on May 13, which will be my new home.
Hi! I think OKCupid's match score is pretty good at measuring if we
have similar values, but it doesn't measure whether we are
attracted to the other person's appearance, mannerisms, voice,
smell, etc -- the "chemistry". You can best find those things out
by meeting in person; exchanging messages can be pleasant but
doesn't answer the chemistry question very well. So, if we have a
relatively good match score and you value your time, send me a
message and we can get a coffee or drink somewhere to quickly find
out about the chemistry. I promise I won't bite.
I like meetups and other group events. In an average month, I
probably have introductions with 40 new people and have significant
conversations with a dozen of them. I think meeting new people
makes me a better person and more enjoyable to be around. I get
excited about the exchange of interesting ideas. It's best when the
conversation veers away from generic small talk toward a person's
unique interests and experiences. I tell people embarrassing
stories about myself, and for some reason they often find it
I enjoy living in new places. I spent most of 2011 in Australia and
2012 in New Zealand. I split 2013 between New Orleans and Ann
Arbor, MI. I spent all of 2014 back in New Orleans, but having
received a permanent residence visa, I left New Orleans for New
In the past couple years, it has really become clear to me how much
I appreciate variety. So many things in life are worth doing at
least once a year or once a decade or once a lifetime. Some recent
new experiences are Argentine tango and playing street music in a
brass band. Some other fun novelties have been sushi rolling and
While I own a car, I like walking as a form of
Because I spend my work day alone in front of a computer, I have a
lot of energy for interacting with people in the evenings.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I fancy myself an Internet entrepreneur. I co-founded a recruitment
software company while I was getting my MBA. Now I'm working for
the company that bought my company.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
I'm good at making people feel comfortable about opening up and
telling me about their lives. They apparently enjoy sharing with
me, and I enjoy listening.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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I usually skip past this section when I read others' profiles. I
think it's because I don't get too passionate about these things.
Regarding books, movies, and podcasts, I'm only passionate about
the non-fiction ones. There are so many amazing things in the world
that are real. For example, did you know there is a Pacific island
that uses big (up to 4m tall) stones for their money? Or that a
graffiti artist in NYC wrote 235 giant panels of his life story
before he got caught?
I've enjoyed reading:
While not a book, I regularly read the Economist
which never fails to remind
me how little I know about the world. The Black Swan, which has
nothing to do with the movie, was quite fascinating regarding how
unpredictable the world is. Stumbling on Happiness
was quite good -- it inspired me to make a Facebook app. I once was
reading a book about the multiple wives of Joseph Smith (the Mormon
prophet), but then it was stolen along with a book about Common
Lisp. I have twice purchased and lost god is not Great
finished reading it. Divine intervention??
A year in, I'm still enamored with New Orleans Brass Bands, though
it seems they're best in small individual doses.
I'll eat anything. Spicy is good.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
It's my guilty pleasure to formulate likable anecdotes for
Facebook. The current winner is:
"I went to a meetup.com event on Saturday. When talking to new
people at these occasions, I find that I usually end up relying on
my standard set of small talk questions, often starting with 'Have
you been to many events with this group?' If they tell me it's
their first time with any such group, I follow up by asking, 'What
was the spark that led to you signing up for the event?'
"A while back, one lady told me her therapist had recommended
"Last night, I met a therapist who told me her psychic had
"I hope I meet a psychic next time."
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
I don't have a Friday usual. I think my weekday nights are busier
than most people's, but my weekends are on the quiet side. Some
frequent reasons I head out in the evenings: hanging out with
couchsurfers at Bacchanal Wine and BJ's Lounge, brass band
practice, swimming laps, dinner with friends, dinner alone, and
listening to live music.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I have O-negative blood, which I donate.
You should message me if
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You read the bit about my nomadic tendencies and that doesn't
bother you, especially if you're some sort of freelancer,
teleworker, independently wealthy individual, or vagrant who could
accompany me on such traipses.
For people I'm going to spend a lot of time with, I really
appreciate their being easygoing. I see a distinction between this
and being passive, though -- a particular best friend of mine
doesn't sweat the small stuff yet is hyperactive like a cartoon
Always excited to hear from someone with great stories.
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