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mattSD

33 M Austin, TX

My Details

Last Online
Apr 14
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 10″ (1.78m)
Body Type
A little extra
Diet
Strictly anything
Smokes
No
Drinks
Drugs
Religion
Atheism, and somewhat serious about it
Sign
Education
Working on Ph.D program
Job
Income
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Pets
Likes dogs and likes cats
Speaks
English (Fluently), French (Poorly), LISP (Okay)

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My self-summary
Ahoy! I'm semi-new to Austin. It's shiny.

I'm originally a New England yankee but I've spent the last several years in San Diego getting edumacated. I'm either an INTP or ENTP if that matters to you (should it? maybe). I overuse ellipses and parentheses (both when writing and speaking) and am easily amused. I'm often a bit caught between worlds. I'm a total nerd, but I'm also pretty likely to be scoping out some new band's concert or tearing it up a known-and-loved band's show, on a quest to try some food I haven't had before, sharing some tasty beverages with friends, or out on some grand adventure. I want to get to the most I can out of life, but I tend to keep my feet on the ground even when my head's in the clouds. Music is the fuel in my engine - I try to make it to as many shows as I can and constantly have a tune playing (in my head if nowhere else).

I'm still figuring out this whole life thing - I'm still making it up as I go along.
What I’m doing with my life
Right now? I moved here a bit over a year ago from San Diego, but am still from New England at heart. I do research in AI and Cognitive Science - I work with people and computers to try to figure out how thought happens. (Of course, it's really all about my plans to take over the world with a robot army... Shhh...)

I love keeping up with what's going in this world of ours, seeing concerts, trying new things, procrastinating profusely, sipping a tasty craft beer or homemade cocktail with friends, and being constantly on the look out for adventures.
I’m really good at
I'm *really* good at forgetting things, for better and worse.

Blinking in photos. It's my mutant super power.

I keep my ear to the ground and like to know what's shaking. (But I'm often bad at letting people know until an hour before it happens.)

Other things. Not all things.
The first things people usually notice about me
I have cavernous dimples, and I look like someone they know.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music: Most of my favorites have commas in their genres.World/Inferno Friendship Society, Gogol Bordello, Madness, Les Claypool's various projects, TMBG, Jethro Tull, New Pornographers, Caravan Palace, Neutral Milk Hotel, Camper Van Beethoven.

Movies: I really like movies, but I'm *horrible* at remembering lines, actors, and even plots. Princess Bride, The Game, Usual Suspects, Fight Club, Big Lebowski, American Beauty, Shawshank Redemption, Labyrinth, movies by Pixar.

Books: It used to be almost anything I could get my hands on, but these days most of my reading is articles (either for work or for procrastination). Tom Robbins, Neal Stephenson, Kurt Vonnegut, Roger Zelazny, George R. R. Martin, Paul Auster, China Miéville, Neil Gaiman, and Umberto Eco.

Food: Some place I haven't been before, and preferably some food I've never had.

TV: I think TV's mostly crap, but I do have a few guilty pleasures like Castle and 30 Rock. A lot of what the BBC does is good (if you haven't seen Sherlock, get on that). I have a platonic man-crush on Jon Stewart. I haven't opted for cable in years, but I Hulu/Netflix pretty regularly (are those verbs yet? I vote yes).

Podcasts: Podcasts (Radiolab, Dan Savage, This American Life, Car Talk, Planet Money, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me)

I'm also a big fan of Theater. I took a course where we got to see 25 plays in 15 days in London - seeing Alan Rickman perform and being wished a Happy New Year by Judi Dench were highlights. I can even be a sucker for musicals.
The six things I could never do without
I'm adaptable and there's not much I really need. But I'll say:
* A tune in my ears (or at least in my head)
* New experiences (foods, movies, bars, people, ideas, songs)
* Good friends, family, and other loved ones - without them what's the point?
* A book in hand and a book in reserve
* My laptop/phone (although every so often I'm tempted to never touch a computer again... technology can be the most addicting drug)
* Spark. In its many forms.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I just think too much.
On a typical Friday night I am
doing things. Or not. Honestly friday's not all that different from other nights (which are also frequently awesome... but occasionally not).

Some of those 'things': camping, grabbing drinks with friends (in or out), reading/grading papers, crafting, curling up with a good book, curling up with a bad movie, working in the lab til the wee hours, circuses, themed parties where I'm dazzled by my friends' creativity, game nights, crazy concerts, and moonlit hikes.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
On the open internet? Pretty much what you see here. But I'll usually answer any question someone asks me.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 25–37
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
you want. What've you got to lose? (Except your soul! Bwa ha ha ha!)

If I were to do an "About you" section, it'd be something like: Distinctiveness and spark are much more important than an ability to turn heads. I tend like crafty geeks and nerdy artists. You should enjoy the simple pleasures in life, and measure success with your own ruler. You’re intelligent, quirky, and progressive.

OR if you're just looking for someone to go see shows with - I go to many more shows than my (otherwise awesome) friends usually want to be dragged to. Plus I'm still getting settled into Austin and those (otherwise awesome) friends are now scattered far and wide. This is mainly a dating site, but I'd be definitely be down for finding some more concert-going buds, too.

The best way to get to know whether you click with someone is definitely to interact with them, and I don’t have a whole lot of faith in profiles. So if I seem interesting at all, drop me a note.