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My self-summary
My name is Michael Aranda. I've lived in California, London, Paris, Vancouver, and, now, Montana. Where next?

I get turned on by people who have a deep understanding of grammar. I like to read, but I never seem to get around to it, instead wasting my life away with video games and daydreams of changing the world.

I enjoy rational thought, curiosity, science, cultural studies, politics, economics, and technology. Oh, also: long walks on the beach and all that.


Q. Are you really Michael Aranda?
A. Yes.

Q. How many messages do you get?
A. Probably not as many as you assume, so please don't hesitate to send one!

Q. Why do you, of all people, need an OkCupid account?
A. I'm flattered that you think highly enough of me to assume that women flock to me in droves (they don't), but the reality is that I'm just a normal dude, and finding a compatible life partner is just as hard for me as it is for anyone else. You never know how that special someone will show up in your life, so why not leave as many doors open as possible?
What I’m doing with my life
I work for a production studio in Missoula where we produce the educational shows SciShow, Crash Course, How To Adult, Animal Wonders, Sexplanation, and possibly a few other things that I'm forgetting about. I occasionally host episodes of SciShow, but I'm usually directing, editing, doing sound design, composing music, building sets, brainstorming new shows, or eating sandwiches. I'm really good at eating sandwiches.

I helped launch a web series called The Brain Scoop that was acquired by The Field Museum of Chicago, and I was an editor on the Emmy-award-winning web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

I'm a member of a band called Chameleon Circuit. We write songs exclusively about the British TV show Doctor Who. Yes, you read that correctly. Yes, it's kinda weird.

What I'm most proud of (and thankful for), though, is my personal YouTube channel, which has amassed a following of a quarter-million subscribers.

If you're interested, some of the places I live online can be found here:

Beyond all that, I'm focused on continuously growing, learning, and loving.
I’m really good at
Whatever I set my mind to.

I'm also really good at being too lazy to set my mind to anything.
The first things people usually notice about me
When people meet me in person for the first time, they often say one of the following:

"You're taller than I thought you'd be."

"You're shorter than I thought you'd be."
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
The Alchemist, Dr. Seuss, The God Delusion, The Greatest Show on Earth, Harry Potter (Books 5-7), The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, The Lord of the Rings, The Mote in God's Eye, The Myst series.

MOVIES (and TV):
Alien, Aliens, Avatar: The Last Airbender (the TV show, not the horrid Shyamalan film), Battlestar Galactica, The Blair Witch Project, The Brave Little Toaster, Charlotte's Web, City Of God, Cowboy Bebop, Crash, Donnie Darko, The Fifth Element, Fringe, Inception, Invader Zim, Jurassic Park, Lost, Magnolia, The Matrix, Monty Python, More, No Country for Old Men, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, The Princess Bride, The Secret Of NIMH, The Shawshank Redemption, The Sixth Sense, Spirited Away, Star Trek, V For Vendetta, Walk the Line, The X-Files

The Aquabats, Deftones, Disney Soundtracks, Dream Theater, Eminem, E.S. Posthumus, Eric Whitacre, Frank Sinatra, Fun., Handsome Boy Modeling School, Hybrid, Jay-Z, Jeff Beck, John Tesh, Johnny Cash, Keiko Matsui, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Manau, Mannheim Steamroller, Marilyn Manson, Mumford & Sons, Muse, My Chemical Romance, Nickel Creek, Nine Inch Nails, Pat Metheny Group, Slipknot, Tool, Will Smith.

I like pizza. I really like pizza. Also sandwiches. But mostly pizza.
The six things I could never do without
Empathy, Science, Love, Curiosity, Internet, Running Shoes.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Life, the universe, and everything. The future. Being a daddy.

I have a habit of putting a lot of unnecessary thought into things. For example, I once sat down and did the math to figure out which deals offered by local pizza restaurants offered the best price per square inch of pizza.
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably perusing the internet. Just like the other six days of the week.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I think the music (but not the cultural impact) of The Beatles is overrated, and I'm a little creeped-out by acrylic nails.
You should message me if
You're driven to succeed in life. You want a family someday. You're mellow. You want to travel. You're committed to life-long learning. You want to make the world a better place. You're comfortable with the idea of dating a pseudo-famous so-called "internet celebrity".

People with an aversion to knuckle-cracking need not apply.