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mister_moo

40 M Chicago, IL

My Details

Last Online
Today – 5:14am
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
5′ 9″ (1.75m)
Body Type
Average
Diet
Strictly anything
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Religion
Atheism, but not too serious about it
Sign
Virgo, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Working on Ph.D program
Job
Student
Income
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Monogamous
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids, but might want them
Pets
Has dogs
Speaks
English, Spanish (Poorly)

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My self-summary
Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Currently in Boston, but moving back to Chicago in a few weeks.

I prefer good food, drink, and smart company to loud parties or, gods forbid, clubs. Give me a dinner party any day.

On a more personal note: Ultimately, I'm looking for a stable relationship, hopefully long-term, and definitely short on drama (though long on passion). I'm looking for a partner, though not in crime -- why are there so many self-confessed criminals on this dating site looking for accomplices?
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I was in the middle of a decent career as a computer programmer when I decided I needed to do something about my obsession with politics. I went back to school to get an MA so I could get a job at CFR -- as a data analyst, probably -- and I ended up staying for a PhD and a career in academics. I love the writing, the research, the debating, and the teaching. I don't so much love the perpetual applying for grants and fellowships, but you've got to sacrifice something to pursue a calling.

One terrific side effect of being in this business is that I don't get angry about politics anymore. Unfortunately, it has completely ruined my opinion of most contemporary journalism. I agree that journalism is the first draft of history -- it's just that the best place for most first drafts is the circular file. I say this because a lot of people want to talk politics when they find out what I do, and they end up very frustrated with me because I tend not to get that excited about the latest media-hyped outrage. That said, I also think war correspondence is one of most courageous, important, and romantic jobs on the planet.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
cooking. I like to find a new recipe and work it into something of my own over the course of many attempts. That, and I like making real breakfast. Cayenne pepper is my special pancake ingredient.

using some handy tech skills to make living just a little bit better (but no plumbing, in-wall wiring, or -- sadly -- carpentry). I really want to learn how to make my own bookshelves. And I wouldn't mind knowing how to change the oil in my car.
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
Either the beard (slightly reddish) or the eyes (mostly greenish)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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I was completely unprepared for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Movies
Tree of Life, Rear Window, The Great Escape, Once, You Can Count on Me, Once, King of Hearts, The Godfather I & II, Days of Heaven, Antonia's Line, many more...

Books
David Copperfield, Jude the Obscure, The Sun Also Rises, American Gods, Moby Dick, Lolita, To the Lighthouse, many more...

TV
Deadwood, Breaking Bad, The Wire, American Horror Story, Taxi, Arrested Development, Top Chef, many more...

Music
Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Madeleine Peyroux, Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, David Byrne, Italian Opera, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Gillian Welch, many more...

Food
Soup dumplings, roast chicken, lasagna, fish curry, I love food. Anything so long as there isn't too much vinegar.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Dog (brought him with me on a 1-month research road trip)
Frying pan
Eggs
Brain work
Exercise
Salt (seriously, the nervous system can't function without it).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
The difference between morals and ethics. And propaganda.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Cooking and hanging in with the roommates. I haven't had roommates for 10 years, and could not be more grateful that they are sociable and sane.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
"The West Wing" had a non-zero impact on my decision to study politics.

Also, I've been told that I use honesty as a defense mechanism, so I have to be careful with this one.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 27–42
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For short-term dating
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
you agree that the word, "intense" means very little on its own. It reminds me of a Bill Cosby bit about cocaine:

"I said to a guy, 'Tell me, what is it about cocaine that makes it so wonderful,' and he said, 'Because it intensifies your personality.' I said, 'Yes, but what if you're an asshole?'"

Also, liking Ayn Rand is a deal-breaker. I don't date adolescents.

And you have to accept that I think Malcolm Gladwell is a tool. If you want to understand tipping points, read Thomas Schelling instead. And TED talks are just the Inside the Actors Studio of this decade.