I'm going to try to save a bunch of y'all some time - it's only fair, this is a long profile. I intend this to be direct rather than hostile, but you probably won't find me to be what you're looking for here if you are:
♦ not interested in poly or open relationships. Seriously, I am committed to my partners; ethical non-monogamy is what it's all about. And no, it's not just dating. I'm happy to talk about the topic, though - hell, poly people date by talking about relationship styles. The book "Opening Up" might be required reading if I really really like you (seriously, it is an awesome resource for long-term romantic relationships of every type).
♦ a tobacco smoker. I'm not judging, I'm just pretty allergic to that stuff. eCigs are not a problem, it's actual cigarettes and cigars that make my organs turn inside out. If you're good with eCigs, we'll do fine, I have some (0 nicotine) ones myself. But if you're likely to smoke tobacco around me, neither of us will probably enjoy meeting. Unless "vomit" is a color that you really need in your pallette.
♦ serious about your religious dogma. It's one thing if it's a sense of underlying order for you, but if you believe in a sky god who cares about what you do with your naughty bits, we're not going to get along. And if you think evolution should be taught on an equal ground with creationism (unless it's to show why evolution is a scientific theory and "intelligent design" isn't), we'll fight. Here, I am judging.
♦ thinking, "TL;DR." I strongly prefer readers. I won't start writing less once I meet you.
♦ not fond of dogs. I have a wonderful german shepherd-mix, Stormageddon Dark Lord of All, and had a larger shepherd-lab mix, Buckminster Fuller. Those names alone should tell you a lot about me.
I have many, varied interests - I like stimulation of many kinds, and am usually happiest learning new ones. I'll typically get really into one, focus on it for a while, and then put it aside for some period of time before I come back to it.
I have been asked about that diving photo on my profile - it's there because I used to really love to dive - open water, spring, cave, deep mixed gas rebreather, whatever - if I'm getting in the water, I'm happy. That photo's from a rebreather training course I was taking in Belize a while back. Oddly enough, the instructor later left the dive operation and opened a coffee house near Austin, in Lakeway - Java Dive.
If you try to talk to me in Latin all I'll be able to say is, "te audire non possum est. Musa fixa in aure sapientum est."
Sometimes I'm Kermit, sometimes I'm Gonzo, sometimes I'm Animal, sometimes I'm Sam the (American) Eagle. Not so much on the Miss Piggy. Catch me at the right (or wrong) time and I'm Fozzy. Only occasionally am I the Swedish Chef. "Ain't this boogie a mess?"
I'm a strong, smart, educated, well-read confident guy and I'm capable of doing anything I put my mind to. I'm also compassionate and considerate, but I'm more guarded about who gets to see those sides of me. I'm funny and goofy and serious and flippant, and I'm a pretty damned good judge of character. I like people who think, no matter what they think about, and it's important for lovers to be in charge of their own lives.
In friends, I like people with similar tastes. In lovers, I like people with more varied tastes - I think luring one another to new experiences is hot, learning is awesome and fun.
I can be darkly ironic and allusive, but I'm steering away from that here since it's so difficult to do so effectively without more context.
While I'm strongly intellectual and have an technical entrepreneurial background, I value music and the arts more than I value technical prowess. When thinking about potential mates, I find physical beauty common as well as a malleable metric - an active, curious mind is one of the biggest turn-ons one can exhibit, and I prefer people who are confident and forthright. And you know? If I fall in love with someone, I see their beauty.
My hobbies can be really diverse and usually involve something that's both exciting and involves some degree of learning. I love to fly (I'm a private pilot), as mentioned I love diving (and can really geek out on technical diving, esp. cave and deep mixed gas), and like to brew beer, wine and mead. I have many time-consuming interests, so they tend to rotate in and out on a several year cycle.
"Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before." I'm with Mae. Speaking of picking multiple evils, I am polyamorous...!
I'm not thrilled by most religions - while basically an atheist (or more accurately a Spinozan Pantheist, like Einstein was - we can quibble about that if you are interested in poetic metaphors for emergent behavior from mathematically complex systems), I think spirituality is important as a matter of human psychology and how we make sense of our place in the world and doesn't require believing patently absurd things. I'm something of an ontological scavenger.
My politics are all over the map - I'm a gun owner who wants strict licensing requiring training, I believe that personal freedom is vitally important, but while I think that most government solutions are naive about the law of unintended consequences - that doesn't mean that we shouldn't try, just that our politics should be flexible in the face of facts. I've been frustrated that the organized right has basically intentionally gone insane and stupid, but am not horribly comfortable with a lot of the orthodoxy from the left.
I am entrepreneurial, muppetational, and extropian.