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28 Austin, TX Man


I’m looking for

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  • Ages 24–33
  • Near me
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating

My Details

Last Online
Jan 28
5′ 4″ (1.63m)
Body Type
Mostly kosher
Judaism, and somewhat serious about it
Gemini, but it doesn’t matter
Dropped out of Ph.D program
Science / Engineering
Rather not say
Relationship Status
Relationship Type
Mostly monogamous
Doesn’t have kids, and doesn’t want any
Has dogs and has cats
English (Fluently), French (Fluently), Latin (Poorly), Hungarian (Poorly), Hebrew (Poorly)

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My self-summary
Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I like spiders more than people, but I will be your friend if you ask.

My life is basically consumed by the need to do science, geek out and play video games at all times. I also enjoy sleep.

I have sound -> color synesthesia. This is not as awesome as it sounds. Mainly it prevents me from enjoying perfectly good music because it is puke green, and made learning to drive very difficult. However, if you want to know what color your voice is, I can answer that question

I really like watching professional hockey. My team is terrible, but I love them anyway.

I really, really love wasps. Especially paper wasps.

I have a tattoo of a bombardier beetle. I will always, automatically, accept proposals of marriage from anyone who can identify this to species.


Currently seeking friends and traveling companions more than I'm seeking dates, although I won't turn down a date with a cool person. If you want to travel with me, drop a note. I'm in Texas now, but will be heading to Africa (South Africa and/or Kenya) and Europe (Hungary, Austria and maybe Germany) in the foreseeable future. Longer range travel goals are Australia and New Zealand, but probably not this year, alas.

If you've got the time and inclination to take a road trip to some cool places in the lower 48, I'm up for it. Must be willing to do half of the driving, and understanding of frequent stops to look at interesting lizards.
What I’m doing with my life
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I was in graduate school for two years and a bit, but owing to a combination of personal stress and transferring out of biology and into the geological sciences (a terrible mistake), I decided to call it quits on the whole school thing. I spent a year in Australia, got some kick-ass photos and made great friends. I'm heartbroken about leaving, but I'm reapplying to PhD programs in Australia and New Zealand so, with luck, I won't be gone long.

If you want to go on a date in the next six months, you should probably live in Colorado or Texas (Austin, DFW and/or Houston). I enjoy drinking pretentious beer and coffee and looking at cool plants and animals.
I’m really good at
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Talking excessively and passionately about things that I'm interested in. Especially parasitic worms.

I'm an excellent editor, but a rotten writer. I have a good sense of how to make a story work and a complete inability to write more than four pages of fiction. I am tolerably good at useless pontification and I make a mean cup of tea.

Photography, especially macrophotography of insects, reptiles and invertebrates, is my main passion. I still see lots of room for improvement, but I'm at a point where I actually quite like my work. (Here's my flickr, judge for yourself:

I like to bake. I have feelings about what makes a proper pie crust, and will fight you to the death if you put shortening in yours.

My art project for the new year is a translation of Ainulindale, the first chapter of J.R.R. Tolkien's Silmarillion, into Quenya (elvish).
The first things people usually notice about me
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... is that I've spilled coffee on myself. Again.

I almost never smile, unless you put an insect or a reptile in front of me. Then I will grin like a goddamn idiot, and tell whatever horrible creature you have presented me with that it is a precious baby and I love it.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Books: The Lord of the Rings, Dead Souls, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Rushdie), Midnight Robber, On the Banks of the Yaryn. I like Terry Pratchett a lot, but sometimes he's a privileged idiot.

I have a lot of opinions about Tolkien and if you ever want to engage my complete attention for several hours, that's a good start.

I'm a fan of good science fiction and fantasy and I don't like people who are too pretentious for genre fiction. I also like a good non-fiction book, especially if it's about parasites. I read entirely too many scientific papers, but I don't really enjoy them.

Oh, and I read comics. I keep up with Uncanny X-men, and I read some other Marvel stuff. I hated Watchmen. So much.

Movies I like: Tank Girl, Pan's Labyrinth, Iron Man, Star Trek, Star Wars, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Shows I like: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly. The way to my heart is undoubtedly through Stargate: SG-1. But not Atlantis or SGU, because that'd just be shameful.

David Attenborough is my favorite person ever.

Food I like: Japanese food (omg miso on everything, please), Indian food, Thai food, Mexican food, grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup.

Music I like: The Dreadnoughts, The Weakerthans, They Might be Giants, Of Montreal, Andrew Bird, and an unhealthy amount of classical music. I like Haydn and Bach's Chacconne. Mozart is overrated.

Also I'm currently deep in the throes of obsessing over Mass Effect. If you don't want to hear about the problematic ethics of Mass Effect 3's endings, you should probably not hang out with me right now.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
My books, my computer, weasels, tea, my camera and pants
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Bitey animals, science and good books. Also Portal.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Drinking tea, landmarking photos and making wild assertions about phylogenetics.

That, or drunk bowling.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I used to have a ridiculous phobia of fish. Then I learned to dive.

Also, I'm trans. I guess that matters? To some people?

(Since this apparently wasn't clear, and avoiding awkward misunderstandings on dates is a good thing, I am somewhere on the transmasculine spectrum, although I mostly don't identify with gender at all and just wish gender would go away since it makes me fucking uncomfortable. If you are looking for someone female identified, you should probably look elsewhere. I use male or gender neutral (they/them) pronouns.)

Oh, and you know, that sentence "time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana?" I just figured out, about five minutes ago, that the second part is not about flying bananas. I have spent twenty seven years of my life being deceived.
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over. want to share a dive trip in Fiji or an apartment in New Zealand with someone who will, occasionally, purposely bring spiders indoors. will be the BLU to my RED. are okay with dogs as pets, cats as pets, snakes as pets and crocodiles as pets. write socially conscious, transformative fanfiction that reimagines your fandom in interesting, progressive ways. (Especially if that fandom is Marvel comics.)

... you ♥ Star Wars but find the fetishization of Slave Leia totally objectionable. want to make some badass vegan cupcakes.

... your Risk strategy is more interesting than 'take Australia, build up troops in Papua New Guinea.'

... your real life goals consist of 'take Australia, build up troops in Papua New Guinea.'

... you want to listen to someone ramble for hours to you about dissociation, modularity and evolutionary novelty.

... you are queer and/or queer-friendly, but would much rather talk about mantidflies than queer politics. want to go for a walk and stop for every ground beetle we find along the way. are 'outdoorsy' in that you spend a lot of time outdoors, and not just a person who identifies as 'outdoorsy' but somehow never manages to go outside. promise never, ever to break my '#1 Sniper' mug. don't mind that I am really, really flaky at answering messages here. You should probably ask me for my gchat or facebook if you want to talk to me, because I'm awful at checking this.