Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Greetings, reader. Thanks for visiting my profile. This is by far
the most difficult to box to fill in because all of the others are
pretty effective at summarizing me. Virtually everything I type I
have to delete because I realize it's spelled out elsewhere! Oh,
I suppose the essentials are that I'm laid-back, introverted, and I
can be pretty funny--or at least I can produce a lot of groans.
That sounds dirty, doesn't it? I was referring to my propensity for
punning, but now that you mention it...
Ahem. I guess I could take this opportunity to summarize a few
things I'm not. I'm not spontaneous; I like to know what I'll be
doing in advance to avoid being jittery, at least if I'm expected
to go places and do things I've never been or done before.
I am also not interested in travel. I'm truly astonished by the
number of profiles I read on here by people eager to get out of the
country and "experience other cultures." I'm skeptical about a
tourist being able to experience much of a culture and still make
the flight home, but more importantly I just don't like wandering
around unfamiliar cities. I get a little nervous just visiting
Louisville, and that's just a nice southern town full of people
eager to commit vehicular homicide--or at least vehicular assault.
I'm sure I'd enjoy a cruise or a long train ride with someone, but
I'd rather explore the myriad random things to do in my own back
yard than fly across the globe.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
Time to give a synopsis of the last few decades of my life!
Fortunately, it's easy. I grew up in Alabama, near Birmingham, and
somehow escaped without a southern accent. I spent four years in
college in Cleveland, Ohio and acquired a BS in computer
engineering in 2004. Next I planned to spend six or eight years in
grad school in Blacksburg, Virginia. Things did not quite work out
that way, because despite my enjoyment of teaching, I didn't count
on disliking the research element. I finished my MS in 2007 but did
not go for the PhD; instead I moved to Lexington and became
A year later, the economy blew up in everyone's face. Apparently I
ducked at just the right time because by some miracle, nothing
changed for me. In short: I'm here in Lexington, working full time
writing embedded software to control assorted hardware devices. I
love this work, which feeds my techie side and enables me to engage
all my other random low-tech interests. You can read about some of
those below! The only thing I'm really lacking is companionship of
some sort...which might have something to do with why I'm telling
you all this in the first place. Hint hint.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Well, I'll start with relationship things. I enjoy making things
for others, especially endless streams of mix CDs, their contents
dependent on the recipient. You'll probably get the opportunity,
for better or worse, to see lots of unusual movies. I don't get
angry very often, because I'm always cognizant of the fact that
most thing that irritate me are pretty stupid. This can be a pickle
in relationships where the other partner is not aware of the
absurdity of the things that upset her! Exceptions include willful
cruelty or callous disregard. I think one of the most enjoyable
aspects of a relationship for me is conversation; I like talking
over long rambles and over the phone, chats over dinner and the the
like. I especially like people who are enthusiastic about their
interests, especially if they are different from mine. If nothing
else, it makes it easier to buy them birthday presents!
More generally, I love to learn new things in a pretty broad
variety of subjects. I'm prone to buying a chemistry or music
history textbook on a whim to refresh or acquire knowledge. I pay
an unreasonable sum for access to the Grove Encyclopedia of music
where I can research obscure composers and decide what to hear
next. Since I have an engineering degree it almost goes without
saying that I enjoy taking things apart and failing to put them
back together correctly; I also love programming and computers but
as that's my day job, I do much less of it than I used to in my
I've become a food enthusiast, and I'm dramatically less picky than
I used to be. I like both high-end restaurants and total dives. In
fact, if you e-mailed me and invited me to dinner somewhere, I'd
almost certainly go. Hint hint.
The first things people usually notice about me
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I sometimes get comments on my hair, and people don't have a
problem remembering my face--for good or ill! If I don't know you,
I come off as shy. If I'm dating you I come off as talkative and
nervous until I've been with you awhile, at which point I come off
as super awesome ;-)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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I read a lot of literature, so it's hard to toss off favorites off
the top of my head. Two come to mind as being more amazing than I
expected: Alain Robbe-Grillet's "Jealousy" and Max Frisch's "Man in
the Holocene." I have a theoretical fondness for ancient literature
in translation, even it doesn't always live up to its reputation.
Among modern classics, I've enjoyed Faulkner and Nabokov. I also
like poetry, especially Philip Larkin. I try to have a book going
at all times, and I usually choose it at random using
Netflix enables me to watch a movie a week, and I try to let it
surprise me by shuffling my queue around. Probably my favorite
movies of all time are 2001: A Space Odyssey and
Tartovsky's original Solaris. This is a bit odd because
otherwise I don't watch much science fiction. I love classics and
foreign films. There's even a special place in my heart for silent
I could probably write for a decade about music. In fact, I did
write for several months about John Cage at cageblog.blogspot.com.
This correctly implies an enthusiasm for difficult music--here's to
melody-less, atonal high modernism! But that's not everything. I
also love indie rock, not-very-indie rock, punk rock, emo,
depressed female singer-songwriters, cornball oldies, scratchy old
blues records, occasional Christian bands like mewithoutYou even
though I don't believe in God, baroque music with a good
harpsichord rhythm, long-winded Romantic symphonies, and attempts
at performing medieval songs. About the only genres I'm not into
are jazz (dammit, I don't have time!) and modern country (some sort
of rebellion against my dad, most likely). And all the other stuff
I haven't heard, too.
I'll eat most things once. A few favorites are good fried chicken,
an extraordinarily tender steak, any kind of hamburger under the
sun, Chinese buffets, crazy fancy meals with French names I can't
translate, and meat-and-three southern-style fare. I never cook at
home because it's no fun to cook for myself. I'd love someone to
cook for (and with!) though. Hint hint.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Well, I'd be sad if my vast music collection disappeared one day,
and equally sad if my potted plant died. I've kept that croton
alive for eight years and I want it to stick around for eighty
It would be awfully hard to get anything done if I lost my glasses,
and while having clothes to wear doesn't strictly improve my own
productivity, I suspect it improves others'.
It's obvious that I can live without love, but it would be
depressing to stop hoping for it. Finally, it's hard to go for too
long without a good conversation with someone.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Where and what to eat tonight.
Crazy ideas for classical and popular internet radio stations.
Academic subjects I wish I had studied.
Books I should buy so that I can self-study academic subjects I
wish I had studied.
How it would be nice to have a dog.
How to improve the probability of being married in the not too
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
I'm pretty set in my routine. I go to a delicious early dinner for
one right around 5:00 to beat the crowds. Common locales include
Azure, Ramsey's, Malone's, and Winchell's. You can recognize me as
the guy sitting alone at a table reading the Atlantic or Skeptic or
some other magazine.
After that I read or listen to music. At some point I'll take a
nice long walk, assuming the temperature is at least a little above
zero. Late in the evening a friend and I read over the
phone--novels, plays, poetry. Incidentally, if you enjoy reading
over the phone I'd love to add you to my schedule!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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In some ways, I'm a stereotypical single male, so it's best to
avoid coming over unannounced without giving me a chance to
I also hate laundry. I wash nearly everything in one load once per
week and it only leaves the dryer when I decided what to put on
Oh yeah, I also have a bit of social anxiety. This explains why I'm
on OKC instead of out in the real world.
You should message me if
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...anything I said above sounds interesting. I do enjoy reading and
replying to e-mails! I also like to talk on the phone if it comes
to that (sarcasm often does not go over well in e-mail!). On the
other hand, I don't like internet chat and absolutely despise
texting...maybe I'm a demanding bastard, but I prefer someone's
attention to be on me when we're having a conversation.
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