Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Nobody ever feels comfortable filling these things out, and always
feels all the worse afterward. But anyway... things I like, which
are also liked by 98% of people on okc, are traveling, exercising,
hiking/outdoors, and reading. I also like cycling, volunteering,
museums, and walking in parks and around the city. I have a black
belt in Shotokan and have practiced Aikido. I'm generally an
optimist and I think humor is important. My humor tends to be
somewhat on the darker side.
I've traveled extensively, and have been to all 50 U.S. states,
nearly 100 countries, and all seven continents. I really like road
trips and national parks. I find hiking in the Hudson Highlands to
be one of my favorite local things to do and I hike a few times a
month. I'm really good at traveling on the cheap, and I give
presentations to students at my university to show them how to
travel on a shoestring budget.
I'm an atheist (of an axiomatic ontological variety),
politically/socially to the left, and vegan. Yeah yeah, I know,
makes me sound like some sort of pinko commie. If you would like to
know some of my philosophical leanings, I have an inclination
toward metaphysical naturalism, causal determinism, moral
subjectivism/emotivism, minimalism, and existential nihilism
(however, I am very optimistic and find this philosophy oddly
comforting). Egad! Perhaps that's too much information for a dating
profile, wouldn't you say? Did I really just use "egad" in a dating
Okay, so summarizing my life in three brief paragraphs with the
main purpose of making me seem mildly attractive to certain types
of people made me feel just a little bit sad.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I'm a professor at a university in New York, and my doctorate is in
mathematics education. I mostly prepare teachers to teach
mathematics, and I memorized pi to over 200 decimal places just to
entertain my students. Writing this makes me realize that I guess
I'm sort of a nerd. By "guess" I mean "know," and by "sort of" I
mean "definitely." But I can knock out 1000 one-arm pushups in
under 30 minutes. Not kidding, took years to build up to this and
recently I learned I'm not terribly far away from several world
records... go figure. Not many nerds can do that.
I was greatly tempted to cut and paste the standard requisite
phrases such as "I work hard and I play hard," "I'm keeping it
real," and "I push it to the extreme." However, I made a difficult
decision not to contribute to the collective male douchebaggery
making its way through this website. Sorry if that's disappointing
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
being confident about the things I do. Renowned psychologist Albert
Bandura emphasized the critical role of self-efficacy, and I tend
to believe he was correct. Anyway, is this confidence/Bandura crap
working on you yet? If so, we can go on a date or "have a hang" as
the young people call it today.
The first things people usually notice about me
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are my awkward body and painful ugliness. Really now, what sort of
question is this? I guess I can be a little
eccentric/nonconventional, but then again, the only normal people
you know are people you don't know very well. With that said, if
you're looking for a regular "normal" guy to hang out with, there's
a non-zero probability you've found yourself on the wrong page.
Bah, normal = boring.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Books: I almost exclusively read books with pictures of cats who
find themselves in precarious situations in which humor will
inevitably ensue. Otherwise, mostly non-fiction books about
history, psychology, nutrition, philosophy/religion, economics, and
politics. If I read fiction, it's primarily the books most people
dreaded on their high school summer reading lists. "There's more to
life than books, you know. But not much more, not much more."
Movies: Anything with a wise-cracking back-talking dog. It's
movie-going at its finest. I'm fairly flexible and like
documentaries, indie, and Hollywood flicks.
Music: I grew up mostly on the hardcore, punk, alternative, and
indie variety, especially from the 1980s/1990s. I played guitar in
a couple bands when I was younger with unlistenable music that most
sensible people would categorize as unsustainable "obnoxious
Food: I'm vegan but easy going toward others about it. I mostly eat
healthy and unrefined food. I enjoy cooking at home, but when I go
out my favorite restaurants are Indian, Ethiopian, and healthy
Accurate vegan joke:
Q: "How do you know if someone is vegan?"
A: "Don't worry, they'll tell you."
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
2. traveling the world/outdoor activities
4. healthy food
5. I'm running out of things here.... I don't know... I guess
poetry or art or something... whatever.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
the reasons people do the things that they do, particularly from an
evolutionary psychological perspective. I often think about life
and the passage of time. While I'm very motivated and a high
achiever, one of my favorite quotes is, "The inexorable passage of
time makes every project we undertake ultimately futile."
Also thinking of what I can say to make you laugh. I like to be
entertaining when possible.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
probably at home nerding it up, or out on the town nerding it up.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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is that nobody cares about my private things because everyone is
more concerned about their own. Also, I like to have fun and I
You should message me if
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you are smart, friendly, and interesting (real-life interesting,
not only okc-interesting).
Being a little quirky/weird never hurt anybody either.
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