I can be a fairly coarse personality, but I'm well-intended and I actually do care a lot about how other people are feeling, even if I'm not always apt to show it. I see many overt displays of emotion as superficial or insincere, and sometimes I overcompensate in how I act personally.
I care a lot about learning new things– if I'm not learning about something, I just feel stagnant, if that makes sense. I like to have a good time, but I prefer hanging out with my friends at someone's home to going out to clubs or bars– unless there is Karaoke. I'm a bit of a computer geek, and I very much enjoy learning as many details as I can about how they work. I enjoy fixing things, and finding interesting ways to repurpose things in unconventional ways. (I recently modified a food scale to run off a USB adapter instead of those weird, and more importantly expensive, watch batteries.)
I enjoy rock climbing, and it's probably my only semi-serious hobby that didn't turn into a convenient prospect for long-term employment.
I enjoy classical music, although my tastes are pretty varied outside of that. I've been involved in music since grade-school and I'm an alumnus of a super-cool men's music fraternity, so I've got that going for me. The startup I'm working at is doing very interesting things in the music world, so I'm very excited to have an opportunity to advance music in America, as it were, through my work.
I said earlier in my profile that I can be coarse, and I suppose I should elaborate on that. I have what one of my favorite professors always calls a good "bullshit detector," and I'm very quick to point out when I think something is, well, bullshit. I'm really looking for someone with this same trait, because I'd feel really bad if I were constantly having to contradict someone over odd things that they believe for reasons I couldn't understand. If you believe in the power of homeopathic medicine, it's probably better for the both of us that we don't get involved in any serious way.
Maybe "really good" is too strong for my math skills, but I find mathematics interesting enough that I seldom have any trouble with interesting problems once I apply myself. I've considered a math graduate program, but I think realistically, I'm not motivated enough to stay as competitive as I'd need to be... but maybe with some inspiration, it could still happen. Math is one of the most beautiful things I've ever experienced.
If it's me "in writing," they might notice I'm pretty liberal with my commas and my dashes. I write how I speak, and this is just the sort of cadence it takes on– these punctuation marks serve well to get this cadence across.
In social situations, I generally stick back a bit unless I have something important to contribute to the conversation. I'm bad at making small talk about things I don't care about, which sometimes happens. But one-on-one, or in groups of people I'm a little closer to, I can talk at length about almost anything.
My favorite movies are probably that same series, along with Harold & Maude, The Fox & The Hound, and whatever the last good movie I saw was...
I like a lot of different music, but so does everyone else. Some of my favorites are Modest Mouse, the Scissor Sisters, Billy Joel, Die Ärzte, Eminem, The Everybodyfields, Flogging Molly, Fun., and a bunch of other stuff. I really love music that makes me feel something, Bankrupt on Selling from Modest Mouse is an example, or Lose You by Pete Yorn. As far as classical goes, a lot of my favorite music comes from Holst, Berlioz, Bach, and occasionally Percy Grainger (I really love Molly on the Shore).
Oh, and Blondie. And Prince.
I really enjoy cooking. I love cheese and wine, and I very frequently try to get creative with these two things. I'm pretty particular about what I eat, and I try to stay relatively nutritious when it's an option. One of my favorite, sort of... classes of food, would probably be curries: Indian and Thai style curries being among my favorites.
Probably the fact that I [used to] measure everything I eat with a food scale and keep a running total of all of the nutrients I'm getting.