Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Big nerd. Master of all trades, jack of none. I'm a PhD student in
Statistics. It's not just a job: it's a big part of my life and I
love what I do.
I like to dance and will happily engage in any kind of improvised
art, e.g. music, theatre, and dance (especially when
I am trans-national ("third culture kid"). Having spent a quarter
of my life in Europe, I've found that at an individual level I
often relate best to Europeans. And yet no single place in Europe
made me feel at home as much as the international communities I've
found in the US and Canada.
My people are intellectuals: people who care about ideas, about
actually understanding things, and who enjoy speculating why our
minds/languages/bodies/computers/societies work the way they do. My
people are independent and stubborn, they don't care what others
After two years in Vancouver, I moved to NYC to start a PhD at
Columbia. In Vancouver I had found a beautiful community where
everyone you meet is an artist or yoga instructor. I was very happy
to call them my neighbors. Hippies are not exactly MyPeople, but I
generally like them. I was hosting awesome parties once a month
(probably the nerdiest parties you've ever seen).
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
* explaining abstract ideas though colorful metaphors
* starting conversations in transit: I've met several neat people
on Vancouver buses and the NY subway
* melodic improvisation
* aim: throwing things in trash cans from faraway, from a moving
The first things people usually notice about me
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* that I'm busy with my thoughts
* that I'm looking around, exploring my environment
* that I'm hyper-social (though my natural tendency is to look for
the most interesting person around and stick to them; hopefully 2nd
bests won't mind too much)
* that I'm singing
* that I'm on a bike (if they know me, they will notice it more
when I'm NOT biking)
I am an introvert. But having no shyness or shame, many people
perceive me as an extrovert. I occasionally feel the need to shut
out the world, and take a walk outside (mostly only a problem with
groups of 5 or more people). Some days I am aggressively
Mostly, I seem to have no social mask, and my face is very easy to
read. I have little patience for indirectness. See the Scientific
American article on why creativity is associated with weirdness
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
I read mostly non-fiction. Here are some favorites:
* Larry Gonick - "The cartoon history of the world"; and his
"Cartoon Guide to Genetics"
* Douglas Hofstadter - "Gödel, Escher, Bach"; and "I am a strange
* Steven Pinker - "How the Mind Works"
Movies: Being John Malkovich; Persepolis; Big Lebowski
Music: jazz, classical, folk, mariachi, psytrance, mashups
Webcomics: xkcd, Wasted Talent, Dresden Codak, The Oatmeal
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
bicycle, Wikipedia, programming
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
why humans are so weird. (what, ME, no!!! I'm normal! coughcough)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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In the Myers-Briggs classification, I am an INTP personality. I do
justice to all stereotypes about absent-minded geniuses.
I got a 35 in the "Autism Quotient" test (take it
). Pretty much all my friends who've tested
score above average.
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
* if you want to join me on urban bike rides
* normal people are boring
* your Myers-Briggs type is *NT* ...or if you're an *NF* and
promise not to smother me. :-)
* you like Tim Minchin
* you took the AQ test. I'm curious about your score.
I am looking for friends first. If we can't be friends, we won't
have a good relationship. I also believe in "friends afterwards",
which is a great reason to respect the previous principle.
When I message you and even when we meet, do not assume that I am
interested in anything more than casual company or
If you think we'd get along as friends but nothing more, by all
means say hello.
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