Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I'm at a critical point in my life; my first derivative is zero and
the second one is looking positive, so there's no place to go from
here but up. All the signs say this is going to be one hell of a
year for me. Will you be there with me?
I am a chemist
an amateur botanist
. I am an unabashed
and proud of it.
I play guitar
I don't own a television, and I don't get bored.
I've been living in New Jersey for eight years now. I
sometimes still miss the Midwest, but most days I like it much
better out here. I've got a fantastic career and a house by
the woods, and I can now spend my time figuring out how to pull
cat6 cable through old plaster walls rather than fretting about
making ends meet.
I have a web site, too. It's at http://www.euonym.us/~wildfire
I'm looking to meet some interesting people to do fun stuff with,
particularly people who want to play games
or play music
or go out hiking
. I really do want to make
friends, so let's start there. And after that, if you're looking
for more, then we'll be in a good place to build something lasting.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
On weekdays, I'm a senior research chemist in the laboratory of a
major pharmaceutical company, making molecules from earth, air,
fire, and water. On any given day, I might be running
hundreds of reactions, tinkering with million-dollar robots,
supervising students from an academic collaboration, or discovering
new ways to form chemical bonds. I've got two patents and
about ten publications, including a pair of papers recently
published in Science. And in between, there's metals in
exotic oxidation states, torque wrenches, and five hundred psi of
hydrogen gas. I guess you could say I accidentally found my
On the weekends during the warm months, I'm out in the woods with
camera and tripod over my shoulder hunting for orchids. There's
fifty-someodd species that have been reported from New Jersey, and
I've found thirty-three of them so far. One day, I'll find them all
and write a book.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Most of the things that I think are worth doing I do well. I
like making things. I wanted to know whether it was getting
too cold for my plants, so I soldered up a network of temperature
sensors, wrote some code to have the computer poll them, and had my
linux box stick the results on a web page. I needed places to
put my books, so I built bookshelves. I wanted to make
something special for a few of my close female friends, so I got a
blowtorch and learned how to work silver. I've made clothes
for myself and others, stitched some of them by hand, and even
drafted a few patterns from scratch. I like plants, so I
raise orchids. There's a 98.5% chance that I've got cooler
plants than you do, and if not, I'd love to trade cuttings. I
tend to do things by hand, but probably only because hand tools are
less expensive and until recently I didn't have the space for a
I am a notoriously (and some would say infamously) crafty game
The first things people usually notice about me
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My hair. I've got more hair than most girls. If you're
lucky, I'll let you play with it. If you're unlucky, you'll
get enlisted to dye it blue.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Books: Neuromancer by William Gibson is a perennial
favorite. I enjoy the fantasy genre but the incredible
expanding plotlines of epic authors like Terry Goodkind and Robert
Jordan lost my interest. Contrast with the fantastic Mistborn
trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. I read the Incarnations of
Immortality series by Piers Anthony and loved all seven books of
it. I liked the Dark Tower series by Stephen King, but I
thought the ending was a little weak. And, true to my geekly
origins, I do enjoy reading scientific and technical
literature of all stripes.
Movies: The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Matrix (but not
its two successors). I don't tend to see as many movies as
other people because I don't own a television.
Music: Give it to me hard and fast: Symphony X, Kamelot,
Serenity, Astral Doors, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Edguy,
Anthrax, and Iced Earth. Let my hair down: Queensrÿche, Poison,
Tesla, Skid Row, Ratt, and Whitesnake. Dredge up some high school
nostalgia: Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead. I absolutely
adore Tool; I'm such a slut for hard, hard rock in weird meters
like 5/4 and 7/4.
Food: I'm particularly fond of Thai, and I was spoiled by
living in Chicago with half a dozen Thai restaurants a short walk
away. I'll go for just about any place with three or more
stars. At home, I like to whip up fancy things with reduction
sauces and all that jazz.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Friends: Like family, with the added bonus of not being
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach said that "the aim and final
end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the
refreshment of the soul." Kiss said "I want to rock and roll
all night and party every day." The truth is probably some
place in between.
Internet: All the world's knowledge at my fingertips.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a live ethernet cable is
worth a thousand libraries. And we all know why the internet
Good food and drink: Making the most of an otherwise pesky
Plants: How can something that can grow in a little pot on
nothing but air, water, and sunlight not be amazing? And they
Stimulation: Thinking and feeling and being wrapped around
the world is what makes us human.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Plumbing. Electrical wiring. Plaster.
Landscaping. Can anyone tell I have an old house?
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Unwinding from another week in the lab. Having a nice dinner
and a bottle of wine. Playing games with friends.
Watching a movie and having a good snuggle. Sometimes all of
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I'm not a particularly private person. How about some trivia? I had
heart surgery while I was in high school.
You should message me if
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