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35 Orange, TX Man


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  • Ages 18–99
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Last online
Today – 6:49am
6′ 3″ (1.91m)
Body type
Mostly anything
Aquarius, but it doesn’t matter
Working on university
Entertainment / Media
Doesn’t have kids
Likes dogs and has cats
English (Fluently), French (Poorly), Japanese (Poorly)
My self-summary
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I'm a professional nerd. I own a media company producing web news and analysis on the gaming industry and I write a column on tabletop games for a major media outlet. My day job is on software development. I drink, own two cats, don't drive, and am not religious. That should get most of the deal-breakers out of the way up-front.

Other fun facts about me: If you see me wearing something other than slacks and a collared shirt or a suit, it's a very rare sight. I try to dress well. I'm losing weight, down 80 lbs in the past year or so, so some of my clothes fit a little loose now.

I'm working on a punk band called Save or Die which does poppy punk songs (think Bad Religion, No Use for a Name, etc.) songs about nerdy subjects like gaming, comic books, and genre films. I play guitar and might sing depending on how well I can train my voice (I sing flat). I also do all the engineering and editing.

I love to cook and also write a blog on cooking for game nights. I love to cook from scratch and I love talking about cooking.

I'm a big fan of introducing people to something new, so I'll never say "You've never seen this show or movie?! What's wrong with you?!" but rather say, "You've never seen this show or movie?! We're having a marathon this weekend so you can see how awesome it is!!"
What I’m doing with my life
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I'm a writer and gamer first and foremost (see above). I also love reading, watching movies/TV, listening to music, playing guitar, shopping, and cooking. My philosophy in life is to enjoy it as much as you can without neglecting responsibilities. Sure, I would love to spend my entire paycheck on DVDs or video games, but there's not much point if I haven't paid the power bill and there's no electricity for the TV.
I’m really good at
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...pointing out the idiocy of random things. Example from a real TV commercial: "This medicine has been recalled. If you have experienced any of these symptoms: Nausea, Fever, Nosebleeds, Heart Attack, or DEATH; please contact the Law Offices of Moron and Moron" Ummm...kinda hard to use the phone if you've experienced the symptom of DEATH, isn't it? What is it, the Law Offices of John Edward?

I'm also a pretty damn good cook. Cooking centers and relaxes me. And I much prefer when I'm in a serious cooking mood to make everything from scratch.
The first things people usually notice about me
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My dark, deadpan, sarcastic sense of humor. I can make a joke out of almost anything (and usually do). If you're not sure if I'm kidding or not, ask me. I'm used to it. Also, if you're easily offended, make sure to tell me. It may or may not stop me from making a joke that will offend you, but I've matured enough that I no longer make jokes just to offend others.

Physically, it's probably that I usually try to dress nice when I go out. I feel naked if I leave the house wearing anything other than slacks and a shirt with a collar. A barbecue or something outdoors in the summer, I might - MIGHT - wear shorts. But don't hold your breath. The way I see it, my first impression in any situation is going to be "The Fat Guy". I have limited control over that (though I'm losing weight), but I can control whether I'm "The Slobbily Dressed Fat Guy" or "The Fat Guy in the Suit".
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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My taste in all media pretty much boils down to this: Give me fun over good. Give me Snakes on a Plane over Citizen Kane. Sure, I can watch Kane and see it's a technically amazing film, but it's as boring as watching three snails gangbang when two of them are dead. ‎Snakes on a Plane‎ has plot holes you could fly that goddamn jet through, but at least you'll have fun watching it. Besides, I'd rather love something or hate it than to feel nothing. Mediocrity is far worse of a sin in my eyes than spectacular failure, because at least train wrecks can be fun to watch. I prefer when fun and good meet, of course, but that is incredibly rare. This is also why ‎Casablanca‎ is my favorite film of all time.

I'm also very opinionated when it comes to movies/TV/music/books. If I love something, I will tell you so. And if I hate something, it's not just knee-jerk hatred. I have very specific reasons for hating something if I go through the trouble of actually hating it. That means I've at least tried to watch/read/listen to it and it's gone beyond just "this isn't for me" to the point there are very specific flaws which make it unwatchable/unreadable and in some cases has had a negative effect on the genre, medium, or society in general. And trust me, I will tell you if you ask so be warned (Twilight fans, I'm talking to "what's wrong with Twilight" rant is almost two hours long).

Music: ‎NOFX‎, ‎Less Than Jake‎, ‎Pennywise‎, ‎Bad Religion‎, ‎30footFALL‎, ‎Streetlight Manifesto‎, ‎The Ramones‎, ‎No Use For a Name‎, ‎Millencolin‎, ‎Me First and the Gimme Gimmes‎, ‎Kemuri‎, ‎The Birthday Massacre‎, ‎Angel City Outcasts‎, ‎Zeromancer‎, ‎I Fight Dragons‎, ‎Flogging Molly‎, ‎Jonathan Coulton‎, ‎The Bouncing Souls‎, ‎The Suicide Machines‎, ‎Mighty Mighty Bosstones‎, ‎Mustard Plug‎, ‎MC Lars‎, ‎Head Panic‎, ‎The Descendants‎, ‎Dethklok‎, ‎Strung Out‎

Movies:‎Casablanca‎, ‎Lord of the Rings‎, ‎The Avengers‎ and the rest of the Marvel Films offerings, ‎Clerks‎, ‎The Crow‎, ‎WALL*E‎, ‎Kiss Kiss Bang Bang‎, ‎The Toxic Avenger‎ (parts I and IV), ‎The Maltese Falcon‎, ‎Zero Effect‎, ‎Fight Club‎, ‎Stardust‎, ‎Night of the Living Dead‎, ‎Shaun of the Dead‎, ‎Batman Begins‎, ‎The Dark Knight‎, ‎The Ring‎ (original Japanese version), ‎Battle Royale‎, ‎Supertroopers‎, ‎Psycho‎ (Original), ‎Reservoir Dogs‎, ‎Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels‎, ‎Snatch‎, ‎Boondock Saints‎, ‎Young Frankenstein‎, ‎Equilibrium‎, ‎Terror Firmer‎, ‎Tromeo and Juliet‎, ‎Akira‎, ‎Fright Night‎, ‎Back to the Future‎, ‎Dracula‎ (1931 with Bela Lugosi), ‎Frankenstein‎ (1931 with Boris Karloff).

I like anything that's well-written and well-shot, be it romance, comedy, action, sci-fi, horror, or whatever. I'm a HUGE movie fan and love to talk about movies.

Television: ‎Sherlock‎, ‎Community‎, ‎Red Dwarf‎, ‎Doctor Who‎, ‎QI‎, ‎Good Eats‎, ‎Game of Thrones‎, ‎Cosmos‎, ‎Spaced‎, ‎Red vs Blue‎ (it counts as a TV show to me), ‎Buffy the Vampire Slayer‎, ‎Angel‎, ‎Leverage‎, ‎Coupling‎, ‎Black Books‎, ‎Veronica Mars‎, ‎Burn Notice‎, ‎Mystery Science Theater 3000‎, ‎True Blood‎, ‎Tales from the Crypt‎, ‎Iron Chef‎, ‎Robot Chicken‎, ‎The Wil Wheaton Project‎, ‎At Midnight‎, ‎Firefly‎, ‎The Big Bang Theory‎, ‎Legend of the Seeker‎. When I get into a series, I have a tendency to pull marathon viewings. Legend of the Seeker is a good example, as I got into the show after it was off the air and watched my way through both seasons in a weekend.

Books: I grew up in a bookstore, so I've always read a lot. ‎The Dresden Files‎ books by ‎Jim Butcher‎, Almost everything by ‎Robert B. Parker‎ especially the ‎Spenser‎ series, ‎Sherlock Holmes‎, ‎Raymond Chandler‎, everything ‎Neil Gaiman‎'s ever written, ‎Patricia Brigg‎'s ‎Mercy Thompson‎ series, and ‎Kim Harrison‎'s Hollows series, ‎Red Dwarf‎, ‎Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy‎ and the rest of the series, ‎The Alera Codex‎ series by Jim Butcher, the ‎Shadowrun‎ ‎RPG‎ series, ‎Lord of the Rings‎ and ‎The Hobbit‎, ‎Neuromancer‎, ‎Battle Royale‎, ‎Everything I Know About Filmmaking I Learned from The Toxic Avenger‎, ‎Make Your Own Damn Movie‎, lots and lots of other ‎filmmaking‎ books. Also love reading about the ‎supernatural‎ and ‎occult‎, ‎urban legends‎ and ‎myths‎, etc.

Games: ‎Dungeons & Dragons‎, ‎Shadowrun‎, ‎Castle Panic‎, ‎Settlers of Catan‎, ‎Munchkin‎, ‎Pandemic‎, ‎Gloom‎, ‎Cards Against Humanity‎, ‎Ticket to Ride‎, ‎Smallworld‎, ‎Fluxx‎, ‎Tsuro‎, ‎BattleTech‎, ‎ROFL!‎, ‎Zombie Dice‎, ‎Paranoia‎, and a lot more.

...did I ever say I wasn't a massive geek? If you didn't figure that out by now, I'm sorry.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Books, movies, music, air, water, food. Yes, I got the order right.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game. mind's generally going at around Mach 4 and I've generally got some random thought or another floating around up there. That's why most of my favorite leisure activities are things that cause me to turn my brain off.

If I'm reading, I'm picturing what's going on in the story (complete with camera angles, which I've been told is weird). If I'm playing guitar, I'm worried about what the next chord is. If I'm playing a video game, I'm trying to figure out where that damn sniper's hiding or whether I'm on the first or second verse of the song on Rock Band. If I'm cooking, I'm wondering if the chicken's done all the way through or if my dough's risen to twice its size yet or whether basil will go well with ground lamb.

Because my mind's focused on all of those, it has no time to wander off and think about all the other insane stuff that rattles through my brain all day long.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Working on my column, playing games, catching up on TV I've missed, or just relaxing while watching random YouTube videos.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I'm honest to a fault. "But honesty is NEVER a fault!" I hear you say. I respond with my first instinct in every situation is to tell the truth and if I'm not actively trying to lie, it will come out before I have any control over it. Say you're at the 7-11 and you're buying a gallon of milk, the Sunday paper, a cup of coffee, a breakfast sammich, and a box of cat food. You notice that the clerk forgot to ring up your cat food. Do you open your mouth and say something, or do you shut up and get free cat food? I don't get to make that choice because by the time I realize I can get free food, I've already asked the clerk "Hey, did you get the cat food?" That actually happened to me. "But how is that bad?" you ask. Well, keep that in mind if you ask me if your ass looks big in those jeans or what I think of the painting/story you just did. Because I'll tell you the truth before I can stop myself.

I'm far more shallow than I wish I were, but it has absolutely nothing to do with appearance or wealth. It has to do with intelligence, education, attitude, and taste. I judge people far too often and sometimes too harshly because they like TV, movies, or books that I feel are complete crap. Despite what I said earlier about ignorance, I still sometimes mistake simple ignorance for stupidity (which I define as "willful ignorance", or basically not knowing something and refusing to learn about it when given the opportunity). This is a flaw I'm actively working on.

Something I've worked very hard on is not being confrontational when arguing factual points because I've been made to feel like an idiot before after fact-checking myself and finding out I misremembered/misinterpreted something I read or just flat out reasoned something out incorrectly. It took me a long time to realize that sort of combative behavior was what annoyed if not outright angered me about a lot of people, while I myself was doing the exact same thing.

I am secure enough in my masculinity that I would have no problem dating someone who makes more than me or being a stay-at-home dad. All my future career paths and plans don't take me out of the house, and I hate the stigma that men can't stay at home with the kids and cook and clean because it implies that it's a woman's job and women shouldn't have "real" careers.
You should message me if
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I don't do a lot of in-personal socializing and I tend to do all my socializing at conventions I travel to or online. It's less than ideal, so I'd love to make some friends who have similar nerdy interests.

I'm also getting to a point where I'd like to settle down and find The One (whatever that means and no, I don't mean Keanu Reeves). Looks don't matter that much to me compared to intelligence, personality, and common interests. I have big goals in mind professionally that I'm working toward and I need someone supportive of that. I want someone who's just as eager to try out a new board game as I am, or will at least tolerate my game nights. Someone who will understand and appreciate my passion for the things I care about.

Dealbreakers: Racism, sexism, dislike of learning, being rude to service industry. And if you think you're ever going to scoff or roll your eyes at my nerdiness,