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My self-summary
Likes: curious events. creative people. hole(s) in the wall(s) & dive bars. prime numbers. sharpies, which i compulsively steal. laughing.
Reads: too much pixelated information, too few books. trying to invert that.

Does: biking, cooking, yoga-ing, improvisational carpentry.

Where: Pittsburgh-native, academic family. Ivy League undergrad, degree of dubious utility. Lived in Hong Kong in my 20s before returning to U.S. to restore my faith in culture, community, family and the environment.

How: mixture of focused and wandering, confident and insecure, externally calm and internally anxious, warmly curious and judgmentally observational, very smart and sometimes flakey.
I bike much as I can, to and fro to Manhattan and in Brooklyn.

Joke: user_name. And on a relate note, I apologize, on behalf of the Cro-Magnon contingent of my gender for the apparent ickiness of guy-behavior in the world of online dating. I didn't know: Man poses as woman on OKC.
What I’m doing with my life
Trying to minimize inputs, and maximize outputs.

Work: Taught in Indonesia then worked, wrote, travelled in/to/from Hong Kong for a stretch, before returning to NYC for family, friends, & big magazine job. After a long gig as a writer/editor at a Big Business Magazine, evolved into a freelance writer, journalist writing about green things -- energy, environment, carbon, climate, sustainability. Lately returned to cubicle world as an editor/manager of a group of digital whiz kids on the business side of a Very Big Newspaper. Exciting and a little scary.

Body & mind: bike, yoga, cook, hands-on classes (RIP 3rd Ward), keeping up with friends. Low/no alcohol. Food: low meat, high veg, low acid. Occasionally helping with a beehive or two with some friends. I've been stung twice.

Yep: Park Slope Co-op. Perhaps I have cashiered you?

Style: Minimalist, low/no brand. Less is more.
I’m really good at
Irish goodbyes. Making popcorn on the stove, in a pot — coconut oil is key.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I get most of my best media from radio: WNYC mostly, and
lately been falling for WFUV's eclectic musical wanderings. Podcasts galore: On the Media... Planet Money... This American Life ... Studio 360... Radio Lab... Selected Shorts... BBC The Changing World... Brian Lehrer... Science Fridays... Living On Earth.

Radio unlike: irritated by Leonard Lopate. Is he ever paying attention? Also irked by Prairie Home, but for some reason can't stop listening, so end up mumbling curmudgeonly taunts at Garrison Keillor's treacly ramblings many weekend afternoons.

Food: Not a foodie, more of a chowhound. Favorites include dumplings and their cousins from around the world, from dim sum to pierogis. Also Thai, Hunan & Szechuan (soup dumplings, mmm) and Mediterranean. Greek diners. Have been teaching myself to cook in the past couple of years, h/t to CooksIllustrated.com.

There's a never-diminishing pile of olde print publications drifting around my bag, desk and bedside. Permanent fixtures include The New York Times, The Economist, The New Yorker, and New York. Others come and go depending on pique, such as, Bicycling, Wired, Discover, PopSci, PopMech, and Nautilus.

Books: These days I read almost only non-fiction, mostly magazines and web media about cities, energy systems, environment, climate, consumerism, and the like. But I do squeeze in the odd bit of fiction now and then. My favorite-est ever? Coetzee, Disgrace... Nabokov, Lolita... Garcia-Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera... Delillo, White Noise... Autobiography of Malcolm X... Nicholson Baker.

Small screen: TV wise, nothing has come close to The Wire. Lots of excellent also-rans, too: True Detective... Mr Robot... Game of Thrones... Breaking Bad... House of Cards... Fargo... Justified... Louie.

Funny wise, we're in a rich, rich TV era: Portlandia... High Maintenance... Man Seeking Woman... Broad City. There have been a slew of fantastic, dark UK series of late, too:
Utopia and Black Mirror. Why is it nobody does dystopic quite so well as the British?

I killed my Time Warner a while back, so my viewing is mostly guerrilla style now. This has left me vulnerable to the hypnotic power of cable, when i run into it. So if you have cable, I can come and visit and pester you to let me slump on your sofa, mouth-breathing while ogling reruns of This Old House. Hot, no?

Comedians: Louis CK. Maria Bamford. Tig Notaro. Chris Rock. Dave Chappelle. Key & Peele. Amy Schumer, so much so.

Visual artists: Wendy MacNaughton and The Oatmeal.

Music. eclectic: receptive to wise guidance... jazz and old stax-kinda r&b... dubstep... new music (as in post classical) whatever it's called now... things that make me happy when they pop up on the ipod: radiohead, portishead, police, postal service, Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, Bowie. I eschew autotune.

Bigger screen: Bladerunner... The Usual Suspects... Dr Strangelove... Donnie Darko... On The Bowery... Had a Peter Greenaway obsession for a stretch -- what happened to that guy? I'm a little movie under-educated, and welcome sage guidance. Star Wars is wildly overrated, so there.
The six things I could never do without
Bicycles. Wellness. Salty almonds. Salty people. The smell of bookstores and good stationery shops. The joy of big, fat pencils made for kids, namely Dixon Ticonderoga My First Tri-Write Triangular #2 Pencils -- I am not ashamed, my librarian dad turned me on to them.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how the hot + cold in my bathroom are reversed, and how despite countless sensory reminders that this is the case, i still confuse them.

making things, writing better words faster, aging loved ones, cooking, what next where, why i always seem to miss voicemails, books I want to read, how to laugh more.
On a typical Friday night I am
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
in practice, under the right circumstances, i'm willing to admit pretty much anything. honesty begets honesty, and laughter, usually.
You should message me if
you're smart, curious with a mischievous smile, and maybe bespectacled eyes. probably a little geeky. Not too materialistic. Eccentric in good ways. Enjoy exercise — maybe biking, maybe yoga — motion and physical pleasure. Warmly sarcastic, hopefully not cynical. Open to big things. A healthy, or at least well analyzed, relationship with family. A habit for cultivating great friends that you like to share. maybe you have a dog, and like to bike around. As someone once said, 'a friend, with wings.'

Full feline disclosure: I'm super allergic to cats.