36 Huntsville, AL
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My self-summary
Although I somehow wound up getting a degree in Mathematics, deep down I'm all about the Arts: spending my free time reading books of all sorts, tinkering with creative writing, listening to a wide array of music, watching so-called art films and 'quality' television (as well as media of a more mass appeal--I may play the aesthete, but that is but one of many masks I wear). I exercise often, although sports and competition aren't exactly my wheelhouse (I'll watch the people watching the game, in other words). I'm always looking for engaging conversation, a chance to discuss books, movies, etc., brief excursions into random trivia, and new friends.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm working at the public library, and greatly enjoying my time there, as well as tinkering with side projects I really care about, if only (this far) in an thoroughly amateur capacity: creative writing, leaning languages, expanding my horizons through various self-imposed academic and cultural explorations, etc. Okay, that last sentence may have been a bit much, but, yeah: learning and the arts are just about my favorite things, and I tend to approach them rather voraciously.

In my free time I'm reading as much as I can, listening to a broad spectrum of music, and watching a wide range of movies and television programs, as per usual. Whenever I find the time and inclination to do so, I try to teach myself foreign languages in the most unorganized and easily distracted fashion, so I now have a woefully inadequate grasp on rudimentary Russian, Spanish, Latin, French, German, Italian, and Japanese (and 'woefully inadequate' is probably giving me too much credit).
I’m really good at
I'm not really good at self-promotion, so I suspect no matter what I write here will come off sounding either excessively self-deprecating or unbearably arrogant. I suppose one could say that I am good with language, intelligent, have an excellent memory (for the most part anyway) and capacity for learning, and have a very eclectic taste with regard to the arts and entertainment (although I'm rather uncomfortable and ambivalent about admitting such things).
The first things people usually notice about me
Having never been another person noticing myself for the first time, I can only conjecture that I probably seem intelligent and well-educated. Anything beyond that, I'm probably totally wrong about (I've always been particularly bad at accurately assessing how I appear to others). In text based interactions, they may notice I use asides (parenthetical and otherwise) to an excessive (and I suspect often irritating) degree; I would like to blame it on reading Notes from Underground at a highly impressionable age, but that's undoubtedly just a convenient half-truth.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music: A little of almost everything, with a significant focus on Classical music (particularly the mid- to late Romantic period) and Opera (although I find a decent percentage of operas as tedious to sit through as I imagine most people would); Classic rock (late 60s through the 70s); film, television, and (perhaps oddly) video game soundtracks; and musicals. And that's just the stuff I listen to the most; like I say, I find something to like in pretty much all musical genres from just about any time period.

Books: I read quite a great deal, with a focus on classic and contemporary literary fiction and select authors from a wide range of genres (a handful of favorites include Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, Graham Greene, Haruki Murakami, Terry Pratchett).

Movies: My favorite movies tend to be so-called art films, but I am by no means excessively highbrow and enjoy a wide range of genres (favorite directors include the Coens, Kieslowski, Kurosawa, Truffaut, Bergman, Tarkovsky, Werner Herzog). There are numerous guilty pleasures I would be reluctant to admit to liking up front (of the "I like it, but, yeah, it's a pretty terrible movie" variety), but I'm not ashamed to admit I've never lost my love for Disney/Pixar films (which are, of course, generally pretty amazing).

Television: Although I can be pretty selective about the shows I watch, I probably need to watch less television in general; some of my favorite shows: Community, Parks and Recreation, Louie, The Wire, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Arrested Development, Party Down, Peep Show, Extras, Game of Thrones, the oeuvre of Joss Whedon. I also am a big fan of quite a broad range of animated programs.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I haven't the slightest idea how to initiate a conversation in a text-based medium. I'm generally not great at text-based communication that doesn't mirror the back-and-forth of real-time conversation in general.

Also--and this probably important--I'm not nearly as pretentious as I may initially seem, and there's a pretty drastic difference between how I write and how I speak (although there are more than a few similarities). Quite a few people have told me they find me very funny, although most of what passes for humor with me isn't really designed to make any kind of sense, or catered to any audience but myself. If you like inexplicable wordplay and copious tangential absurdities in your conversation, there's at least a good chance you may find you're my kind of people. Like I said, text-based first impressions are something of a weak point, so that's sort of a "real world"-only deal.

Finally, if you've read this far, it's probably obvious that I'm not exactly a huge fan of this profile. Though I've made some minor edits to it over the years (this being easily the largest), for the most part this is the same profile I wrote *years* ago (and honestly, even then I probably cobbled most of it together from profiles written for completely different dating sites). I'd tear it down and start from scratch, but even the thought of having to write something like this again...strike that--I don't want to even think about it. That said, I suppose that as a thumbnail sketch it's probably fairly accurate.
You should message me if
you think I may be an interesting person to communicate with. All interpersonal connections have to start somewhere, and if this profile at least hints at someone you'd like to have a conversation with, that's probably a good sign that the feeling is mutual.