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31 M Iowa City, IA

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Last Online
Apr 19
6′ 0″ (1.83m)
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Graduated from university
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English (Fluently), Chinese (Poorly), Spanish (Poorly), Swedish (Poorly)

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My self-summary
I'm just a geeky goofball who likes to think I think deep thoughts. I also try to better myself and the world around me, one insight, one person at a time.

I see the universe as a place that gets more beautiful, more amazing the more we learn about it. Knowing the physics of light diffraction by prisms and water droplets doesn't make rainbows any less beautiful, and understanding chocolate's effects on neurochemistry doesn't make it taste any less delicious. I'm on a never-ending quest for knowledge and understanding, with the goal of spreading, as wisely as I can, both what I've learned so far and the infectious curiosity that makes me want to learn more.

To give you a little more insight; a friend has told me that I sound like her inner feminist. I consider this to be one of the greatest compliments I have ever received.
What I’m doing with my life
Right now I'm in a transitional period. I am gainfully employed, but not particularly fulfilled by my work. I have put away my academic hat for the time being ... I will always be a scientist at heart, but the fickle universe has cursed me with a personality particularly unsuited to research.

I am spending increasing amounts of time and energy creating safe places for children, mostly in the form of summer camps. I volunteer both for a national organization and for a specific campsite.
I’m really good at
Bending computers to my will. I have worked as an IT professional for the better part of a decade (I have resumed work while also going to school), and I have discovered that I am generally quite good at diagnosing problems and tracking down a solution, even on systems I've never worked on before.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm often the loudest person in the room. I tend to get excited, and my volume is directly proportional to excitement.

Sometimes it's the tiara. It's an honest-to-god beauty pageant tiara bequeathed unto me by a former camper after the kids at camp dubbed me "Princess" one year. I like to think it really brings out my beard.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Too many. Recently I've been delving into audiobooks on scientific approaches to understanding human nature by Steven Pinker and Dan Ariely. I'm stunned by Daft Punk's new album, but also enjoying a ridiculous spotify playlist I put together with a coworker. It includes at least half the Top Gun soundtrack.
The six things I could never do without
My mind, obviously, and a bunch of other stuff that I think would be just devastating to lose, but I could probably adjust to not having.

For instance, part of me wouldn't terribly hate losing an arm, because it would just be my first step in becoming a cyborg.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Right now, how to make the world a more rational, reasonable place. Too much superstition and hocus-pocus. The whole world needs a strong dose of seeing the universe as it actually is instead of how we would like it to be. I'm trying to figure out how to help.

Finding the right balance between rationality and empathy.
On a typical Friday night I am
Either drinking imported or craft beers at a local establishment or sitting around doing nothing important. Or watching a movie or hanging out with friends.

Lately, I've had a penchant for going up to the Lake McBride Nature Reserve and looking out over the water under the stars from a lovely little place I found while exploring in the dead of night not long ago.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have discarded the outdated and restrictive convention that socks should match.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 26–36
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
You know (or would like to find out) in what sense trees grow out of thin air.

You would like to drive half an hour away from the city to sit on the hood of a car on a country road to watch a meteor shower at 2AM. And then stay to watch Venus rise.

You might like to hear what I like to call the greatest story ever told (Hint: It's a story we learned, as a species, through science).