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gnotnek

32 M San Mateo, CA

My Details

Last Online
Jul 21
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 11″ (1.80m)
Body Type
Average
Diet
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Never
Religion
Atheism, and laughing about it
Sign
Scorpio, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Graduated from Ph.D program
Job
Science / Engineering
Income
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids
Pets
Likes dogs and likes cats
Speaks
English (Fluently), Russian (Fluently), French (Poorly)

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My self-summary
Back in 1st grade, when something funny happened but after everyone already settled down, I would still be laughing uncontrollably. The teacher would try to shame me with a popular Russian idiom - "Laughter without cause is the sign of a fool" (loose translation) - but that didn't help. I'm still kind of like that, especially if you show me strange cat behavior or politically incorrect comedy.

I've never met a compliment I didn't deflect and I don't take myself too seriously. My friends describe me as self-deprecating, goofy, and incurably honest. I've been told that my personality is a nice mix of masculine and feminine traits, and the proof of it being true lies in the fact that I am willing to admit this here.
What I’m doing with my life
I finished my PhD in social psychology and moved to the Bay about a year and a half ago to work in user experience research. In my previous life (a few years ago, not before reincarnation), I studied romantic relationships and attraction with an evolutionary twist. If that combination sounds weird, it kind of is (it's also really interesting!).

In my free time, I gravitate towards running (my first 10k recently!), hiking, acquiring music I haven't heard before, and watching pro basketball and football (big Chicago fan). I'm also pretty good at the "sports" of chess and ping pong. Beyond that, I'll go for most kinds of activities or adventures if they involve someone I like a lot.
I’m really good at
Being responsive and getting back to people. If you asked me 3 questions in an email, I won't just randomly ignore 2 of them.

Having a pretty bad memory yet knowing exactly how to spell complicated names, remembering your birthday or other important dates, etc.

Retrospectively proofreading emails after they've already been sent, and explaining things on the 2nd try. These kind of go hand in hand.

Compiling intentionally and unintentionally funny quotes from my friends.

Using the "immigrant excuse" selectively, whenever it's convenient to explain my lack of knowledge about obvious pop culture references.
The first things people usually notice about me
I talk pretty fast.

I'm the guy opening all the windows in whatever vehicle I'm driving or riding in. Sometimes I feel like the only person in the world who appreciates fresh air (in vehicles).

My students at UCLA claimed that I made air quote gestures all the time. As a result, they took nothing I said literally.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
FOOD:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5qUMK-TzOg

MUSIC:
Big part of my life. My favorite songs range from
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PC68rEfF-o
to
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozftPJiRdQE

I have a soft spot for sad, romantic songs. People find it odd that I rarely pay attention to lyrics - for me, it's more about the feeling the music and the words produce in combination.

A few favorites: Elliott Smith (probably my favorite musician and a total genius), Beatles, Radiohead, Stevie Wonder, Pink Floyd, New Pornographers, Rolling Stones, XTC, King Crimson, Decemberists, Wilco, Franz Ferdinand, Arcade Fire, Electric Light Orchestra, Depeche Mode, Talk Talk, Magnetic Fields, Queen, My Morning Jacket.

TV:
Breaking Bad, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Dexter (the early seasons), Arrested Development, Archer, and of course, Mr. Bean. Also, Curb > Seinfeld, and Colbert > Stewart. Who's with me? Anyone?? [crickets, looks of disbelief]

BOOKS:
Mostly sci-fi, dystopia, or comedy (a totally sensible combination).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Lately, how theoretically awesome but practically underwhelming the idea of online dating is. On the plus side, in real life people don't walk around with "I'm single!" printed on their foreheads, but here they kind of do. This eliminates the need for hand-wringing about how to find out if someone is single. On the minus side, the average girl here receives dozens of crappy/creepy messages a week while the average guy here toils hard to send those messages. And in real-life dating, people get to see each other in a variety of situations with a variety of people - here, not so much.

With all that said, doesn't mean it's not worth a shot! I know several great couples who have met online.
On a typical Friday night I am
Hanging out with friends for dinner, a movie, or a house party. Most of the time, I'm glad to let others choose the activities and happily go along with them.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I tend to put on a sort of happy/silly face in public. I have a significant self-reflective/melancholy/romantic streak but usually only share it once I am closer with someone. And through my music taste.

Also, I will obsessively rate music albums on a 1-10 scale. If you think that's bad, I actually know someone who rates them in Base 16.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 25–33
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For long-term dating
You should message me if
...you are interpersonally warm, honest, smart and have a good sense of humor. And I don't just mean laughing at my jokes (which is still nice) - you should be a humor generator too! I'm not into people who are arrogant or like to brag. On the other hand, I'll find it cute if you're somewhat clumsy and bump into things.

Oh, and it's important that you use "haha" instead of "lol". That's a biggie :)