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30 Morgantown, WV Man


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  • Ages 23–32
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Last Online
Today – 5:41pm
5′ 11″ (1.80m)
Body Type
Strictly other
Pisces, but it doesn’t matter
Graduated from Ph.D program
Science / Engineering
Rather not say
Doesn’t have kids, but wants them
Likes dogs and likes cats
English (Fluently), Russian (Poorly), Spanish (Okay), C++ (Fluently), Other (Poorly)

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My self-summary
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Note: trying to move out of Morgantown in the next year. Not interested in long-term dating right now, but would love to be friends or just hang out some. Also actively seeking study buddies, male and female.

TELEGRAM: Urgent STOP. Our party has run afoul of lions STOP. Please send lion spray STOP. MESSAGE ENDS

Once I got kicked out of Home Depot. They accused me of being a spy from Lowe's. So, there's that.

ENTP, but I think it matters (almost) less than astrology. Speaking of astrology: due to precession, the Zodiac today is something like 22 degrees off of what it used to be. That means there's about a fifty-fifty chance your sign isn't really your sign. That tends to freak out a lot of the people I date; in other words, don't be too discouraged by this paragraph if you're really into astrology. Just please also believe in evolution and gravity and stuff.

This is what I want to be like when I'm old. (Mobile users, there's a link here that you probably can't see.)

I moved to Austin for grad school after five mostly excellent years at Virginia Tech. As of mid-January, I'm a Morgantownian! Morgantownite? Motonian? Monotonist? What do you even say here?

I have three moms. All of them live in Northern Virginia (DC metro area), as does my younger sister. Some day I may move back there, but that day seems far away indeed. A current dream is to live in the Bay Area — I fall in love with it again every time I visit.

Finally, know that I am related to Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore by marriage (not my marriage!). It's true! Ask me sometime. (Update: I took real-life Dumbledore's grandson and his wife, my cousin out for Texas barbecue a few months back. They said it tasted magical.)

I want to go to Burning Man.
What I’m doing with my life
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Scientist by day, violence prevention activist and swing kid by night. My interests are wide-ranging.

I've got a shiny new PhD in Cell & Molecular Biology (Bioinformatics). I'd been working as an evolutionary biologist at the University of Texas at Austin.

In January, I started a post-doc working in WVU's Applied Space Exploration Lab (definitely not biology). Robotics! I'm super excited; it's basically my dream job (creating tech that might eventually be used to mine asteroids and help our species establish a foothold in space).

In the future, I hope to work as one of the following:
- Engineer at Planetary Resources, Inc., or SpaceX, or Deep Space Industries
- Researcher at Google [x]
- Science policy analyst
- Time traveler
- White House anything at all (janitor? garbage collector? not picky.)
- Post-doctoral researcher at Oxford, Cambridge, or Edinburgh
- Starship captain

The key piece of information here is that I would drop everything for a real, true adventure -- to discover a new world. But there are so few unexplored places left to us on earth. So, left without the preferred option, I work to discover more about the world around us.

I work for progressive social change in my free time. In all honesty, I kick ass at it — but it breaks my heart that we still have to fight for some of these things. So I doubt it'll ever be a career.

I spend a lot of time swing dancing (lindy hop and balboa mostly). I am not these people, but still try hard. I tried to learn collegiate shag and kind of gave up for a little while.

I bought a house semi-recently, and it's turning out to be a lot of work. Surprise. Still not sure what's happening with that, since it's in Austin and I'm now across the country.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Who has a delightful reading voice?

The first things people usually notice about me
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I am not a robot
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Here's a list, nowhere near complete [link]. But I just finished Sandman, and loved it, as I love all Neil Gaiman stuff. I also finished (and enjoyed) Cat's Cradle a few months ago, and recently gave up on Adrian Desmond's biography of Thomas Henry Huxley, grandfather to Aldous Huxley and the chief evangelist of evolution by natural selection.

Newest favorite: Anathem, which I read twice in a month this year. Key quote: '"Our opponent is an alien starship packed with atomic bombs," I said. "We have a protractor."'

I picked up Stephenson's REAMDE shortly thereafter and actually found it pretty disappointing -- mainly because I've loved everything else he's written.

I had a list here, but decided it's better to converse about these things than to simply list them. I don't particularly enjoy horror films, but I'm not opposed to psychological thrillers. I love classics (e.g., Casablanca), and especially stuff with Jimmy Stewart. I just saw Another Earth and loved it. An old favorite is Benny and Joon.

Anything Joss Whedon, Firefly, Treme, The Wire, Dexter, True Blood, Weeds, Californication, The Daily Show, Battlestar Galactica, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Community, House of Cards (the new one). I adore the West Wing and Newsroom for their idealism. I've also been known to enjoy, from time to time, 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, and Arrested Development. With that said, I'm rarely up to date on anything, as I rely on Hulu, torrents, and Netflix for most of these shows.

A pox on the okcupid girl who got me hooked on the Eleventh Doctor and then dropped off the face of the earth. Not cool, random Internet person.

More obscure: Girlyman, Great Big Sea (obscure unless you're from Canada), Seth Walker, ДДТ / Юрий Шевчук (that's DDT and Yuri Shevchuk for you non-readers of Russian).

Less obscure: Kings of Convenience, Madeleine Peyroux, Counting Crows (but not in a bro way), Carbon Leaf (old stuff), Passion Pit.

I love the Beatles and Johnny Cash and Queen (mostly for Freddie Mercury), and lots lots more. You're welcome to ask.

I also adore musicals. Rent and Fiddler on the Roof are two of my favorites. I'm a sucker for Disney movie musicals.

I enjoy just about anything with a swing beat and a melody. I visited New Orleans for the French Quarter Festival a year or so ago, and basically fell in love with traditional jazz. I highly recommend such bands as Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, Tuba Skinny, Boy & Bean, Gordon Webster, and locally, East Side Dandies and Aunt Ruby's Sweet Jazz Babies.

Finally, I recently discovered that the UT library has about a gazillion CDs. You can't browse them, and the more popular ones are in poor condition, but there's no basically no limit to how many you request. So far my favorites are Django Reinhardt and Nat King Cole.

Be aware that I am gluten- and dairy-intolerant. Before these dietary issues arose, I was very picky; now I am not. I view my dietary restrictions as assets: I never, ever eat fast food, and avoid junk food in general. More importantly, I learned to cook pretty damn well from the experience.

Speaking of which, I love to cook, and I'll try just about anything. I love Thai, Ethiopian, Indian, and El Salvadorean cuisine. I thought I could not live without my Thai chili plant until it died from the heat. I was wrong, clearly. Here I sit, counting the days until a new one sprouts. (Update: the climate here in Morgantown is definitely not conducive to Thai chilis, it turns out.)

Prairie Home Companion and Radiolab both make me very happy. I've been shocked by the number of people I've met in the last few years who cannot stand Prairie Home Companion.

My favorite character is the ampersand. Sometimes I'm tempted to pronounce it "et" instead of "and."
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Achilles' tendons, barbells / a decent gym, the Oxford comma, and counting.

Yes, that is six. Shush, you.

In all seriousness, and ignoring the obvious (oxygen, etc.):
- free weights and barbells;
- dance shoes;
- social media;
- those rare and fascinating discussions with intelligent people where I find my assumptions to be wrong, and learn something new;
- the flexibility to study / learn a new subject every few months; and
- occasional inspiration.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
- The Golden Path
- Changing educational paradigms
- Narrative, credibility, emotion, and personal connection in political communication (and occasionally also in science communication)
- Design and visual explanations
- What class I should sit in on this semester (so far: political communication, interpersonal communication, intro to finance, Mandarin Chinese)
- oktrends and related statistical stuff (let's be honest, oktrends is the real reason I'm on here; where the hell did it go?)
- Fitocracy and relentless self-improvement
- Positive social change and how to achieve it
- Whether things are really ironic, or just contrary to expectation

Lately, love languages. If you aren't familiar, google it. Definitely much more useful (for me) than the Meyers-Briggs voodoo. I generally feel love, in order from most to least, (1) physical touch, (2) words of affirmation, (3) quality time, and distant from those, (4) acts of service and (5) gifts. I give love in about the same order, but probably with somewhat greater emphasis on both #4 and #5.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Lindy hopping, or perhaps swimming and having a drink with friends. I prefer atypical Friday nights.

Since I moved to Morgantown, though, I seem to spend a lot of time in coffee shops getting shit done. Real exciting, I know.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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This one time, a girl on okcupid had written in this section that she picked her nose. I thought her nose was very pretty, so I wrote to her: "I select your nose too!"

Alas, I never heard back.
You should message me if
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First of all, if you need a reference, my former flatmate of two years (BikeInABox) is a girl and can tell you that I am almost certainly not a creepy mcstalkerton. My one male roommate is on here, too, but I don't know his username.

You should message me if:
- you are not a Turing test / replicant / computer, and can prove it to me.
- you're a Renaissance Woman, a polymath, a savant, a smarty-McSmartypants, or just really into learning new things. I find intelligence and drive/ambition to be extremely attractive. This can come in many forms.
- you are not passive-aggressive.
- you love meeting new people / are an extrovert.
- you might consider having children some day. Not today, but someday.
- you don't smoke, or you plan on not doing it around me. I can't stand it.
- ring, ring! banana phone!

Most importantly, I tend to be attracted to women who prioritize self-improvement, career, and pursuit of knowledge ahead of finding Prince Charming.

Or, you know what? If you're Amy Pond, just go ahead and ignore all of the above and message me ASAP. (I had hopes for Oswin, but she seems to me more of a manic pixie dream girl plot device than an actual character.)

Also: Don't message me if you're really into handguns. I've had enough bad experiences with those as is.

Look, and please stop messaging me to ask for sex.