Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I live in the St. Louis area and I do backend development for a
local tech startup. I also have a degree in German for no other
reason than it seemed like a good idea at the time. But whatever. I
mostly just want to make computers do interesting things and maybe
speak some German when I get a chance.
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,
I enjoy rock climbing, and it's probably my only semi-serious hobby
that didn't turn into a convenient prospect for long-term
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
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.
What I’m doing with my life
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I'm caring for various cats, rock climbing, and learning new and
interesting ways to make cool new things with computers.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
I'm pretty good at cooking with cheap ingredients, things involving
computers, and making my cat mad at me.
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.
The first things people usually notice about me
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Definitely isn't going to be my fashion sense. I'm pretty bland,
and generally stick to jeans and a t-shirt or button-up... I like
earth tones and plaid.
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.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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I'm very fond of technical manuals and books that I can learn from.
But I also really enjoy the Thomas Harris series of books about
Hannibal Lecter... I suppose that's a little creepy, but he's a lot
of fun to read.
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.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
The number 2, because it's the only even prime number. My cat. My
phone. My laptop. Clean drinking water. Coffee. (Notice this says
things and not people. Obviously there's my friends and stuff, I
promise I'm not a terrible person.)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Life, the universe, and everything. Also, serial commas. Various
intriguing properties about the natural numbers.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Having a drink with my friends at someone's house, because bars
& clubs are loud and expensive. Or at the climbing wall if it's
not too late.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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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
You should message me if
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If you can carry on an intelligent conversation, care about
learning new things, and have a reasonable level of physical
fitness. I don't want to seem shallow, but I would want to date
someone who can jog, rock-climb, hike, etc. with me.
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