Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
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.
Over the past several 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 urban exploration.
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. This,
combined with my desire for variety, leads me to socialize a lot --
I participate in Meetup.com, hang out with CouchSurfers, and go to
other interesting things I hear about. This yields many casual
acquaintances, but I like it best when the conversation veers away
from generic small talk toward a person's unique interests and
experiences. From this pool of contacts I've pulled some good
friends, and I'd like to continue doing so -- I enjoy the honesty
and mutual attention of one-on-one conversations.
I grew up in Michigan and spent 2011-2014 rotating through
Australia then New Zealand then New Orleans. I really enjoyed my
past time in Auckland, so I applied for and received a permanent
residence visa, and I am now back here indefinitely.
What I’m doing with my life
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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
Help your potential matches find common interests.
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??
I'm enamored with New Orleans Brass Bands.
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."
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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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
I'm looking for someone with whom to spend time, talk, and have
sex. With the right person, a long-term relationship would also be
Always excited to hear from people with great stories.
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