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31 Houston, TX Cis Man

Cis Man

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  • Ages 25-36
  • Near me
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My details

Last online
Today – 4:34am
Heteroflexible, Sapiosexual
Relationship Type
Mostly monogamous
5' 11" (1.80m)
Body Type
Post grad
Doesn’t have kids but wants them
English (Fluently), Russian (Somewhat), Spanish (Somewhat), C++ (Fluently), Other (Somewhat)
My self-summary
Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I moved to Houston on June 22nd to work on a fucking moon lander! So excited to be here! Be my friend.

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. Then, for about sixteen months, I lived in a little town in West Virginia; we really didn't get along, Morgantown and I. But I met some lovely people and learned a lot about economic dysfunction. Now I live in a co-op in Midtown Houston, which is a tremendously fun way to meet lots of people quickly.

I have three moms. All of them live in Northern Virginia (DC metro area), as does my younger sister.

Until recently, I had a number of chickens. They have gone to live on a farm (not a euphemism). Their names are all puns. (You may ask me over okcupid to tell you at most two chicken pun names; after that you must buy me a drink, or no more puns.)

Semi-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.)
What I’m doing with my life
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I want us to be a multi-planetary species. I think if we don't change something soon, we're going to destroy ourselves. Moreover, statistically, the lack of other communicative intelligent life out there suggests we face a major bottleneck in the next few centuries.

In short, I want to work on putting people on Mars.

My Ph.D. is in molecular biology, but I write navigation software for spacecraft. I also study remote sensing for asteroid and lunar mining.

In the future, I hope to work as one of the following:
- Engineer at SpaceX
- 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’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
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
* I am not a robot
* Biologically relevant
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Here's a list, nowhere near complete [link].

Recent favorites include nearly everything by Neal Stephenson (except Reamde). If you haven't read Seveneves or Anathem and you like well-researched, physically accurate sci fi, you're missing out. Key quote from Anathem: '"Our opponent is an alien starship packed with atomic bombs," I said. "We have a protractor."' Stephenson is one of those rare authors who gives us forward-thinking engineers new ideas and visions of a reasonably good future instead of just more apocalypse and post-apocalypse (as much as I love a good zombie flick).

I recently learned that Isaac Asimov followed a very similar career path to my own, and so I've been reading all of his books (did you know he invented the word "robot?"). It's interesting seeing the evolution of his views about women and gender roles over several decades.

Outside of science fiction, I love magical realism — especially Bulgakov's Master and Margarita, and Zafón's Shadow of the Wind. My goal is to read these in their original languages.

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.

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've also been known to enjoy, from time to time, 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, and Arrested Development. I binge watch Orange Is the New Black, Daredevil, and Marco Polo. I have mixed feelings about Game of Thrones but I enjoyed the books. 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.

Queen (mostly for Freddie Mercury), Arcade Fire, Grimes, etc. I'm loving the Deer Tick radio station on Spotify.

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 while back and basically fell in love with traditional jazz. I highly recommend such bands as Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, Tuba Skinny, Smoking Time Jazz Club, Bumper Jacksons, East Side Dandies, Aunt Ruby's Sweet Jazz Babies, and Jonathan Doyle anything at all. Got to be able to move to it, or I get bored fast.

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, Mexican (actual or Tex-Mex), Vietnamese, 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, the Fermi Paradox, and the Great Silence
- 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 next, or take online next (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
- Privilege and where it comes from and how to live a more ethical life with an understanding of the fortunes with which I have been endowed for no particular reason
- What makes things appropriative (for example, are Mardi Gras Indians an appropriative cultural tradition? Or is it something else other than appropriation, perhaps assimilation, if you don't have privilege at the time you borrowed it?)

Lately, attachment styles and also 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, or the gym if things are slow. I prefer atypical Friday nights.
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
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
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.

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, very well read, or just really into learning new things. I find intelligence and drive/ambition to be extremely attractive. This can come in many forms. I prefer people whose interests are somewhat unfamiliar to me. Nerds win.
- you are not passive-aggressive.
- you want children some day.
- you don't smoke, or you plan on not doing it around me. I can't stand it.

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. Edit: Okay, Amy Pond is totally an MPDG too, but she's still really pretty.)

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