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My self-summary
I'm just this guy, you know?

I am a citizen of the world. I seek to understand (people, ideas, stories, nonsense, et al) and participate, preferrably in that order. You'll no doubt agree that the best tool to achieve this is an OKCupid profile, so here I am. Hopefully there are some interesting people to get to know here.

I'm fond of doing nontrivial things on the spur of the moment, such as cycling to a mountain early on a weekend morning and enjoying the view from the top when nobody else is around. Or taking a day trip out of town to map roads and hiking paths for OpenStreetMap. Or going out for a run with no planned route or duration. Or whatever silly and/or arduous activity a friend suggests, if it's fun or meaningful.

I'm pretty easy-going, optimistic, and relaxed. It's pretty much impossible to get me angry, upset, or offended. If you murder a friend of mine or commit genocide or something, I might make an exception. Maybe.

Some traits I value in people: being willing to joke about anything, curiosity, intellectualism, open-mindedness, perseverance, romance, idealism, kindness, not-too-stuck-up-to-joke-about-most-anything-ness, always-ready-to-get-up-and-go-do-(even-nontrivial)-stuff-ness. Feel free to suggest better adjectives.

I read that OKTrends blog post which says that the answers to the following three questions are the best indicators of compatibility. Here are my answers:

Do you like horror movies?

I like the ones where the horror is secondary to a good plot or narrative. The first thing that comes to mind is movies like Cube. They're interesting puzzles. The second is zombie movies, which I like more for the whole apocalyptic-changes-in-the-way-society-works aspect (and occasional absurd humour) than the sheer survival horror aspect. The Alien movies were pretty good too.

Have you ever traveled around another country alone?

Yes, but not very extensively, unfortunately.

Wouldn't it be fun to chuck it all and go live on a sailboat?

For a little while, yeah, it could be. Good company would be crucial, though.
What I’m doing with my life
Working as a computer programmer. I work on websites related to e-democracy, voting, and such, which is very interesting.

Indulging some hobbies and interests, most recently music, specifically the piano.

Educating myself, slowly but gradually. Psychology, education and music theory are capturing my attention at the moment.

Traveling. If there's anything I want to get done before I die it's to travel the world extensively. I have a few trip plans floating around in my head...

As of recently, I ride a bicycle everywhere I go, all year round. It's great. Self-sufficiency rocks. Oh, and long distance running. I ran my first trail ultramarathon recently and it was an awesome experience.
I’m really good at
Researching things. Whether it's figuring out which earphones I should buy, acquiring physiological evidence to determine proper running form, searching for any nutritional reasons for or against changing my current diet, getting to the bottom of why a certain song is so catchy, critically examining whether my position on a political issue makes sense, finding out the best way to dress for a bike ride in freezing temperatures... whatever it is, I'll research it thoroughly, possibly overly so. But at least I'll reach a pretty good conclusion. In general, I like to think I'm good at figuring things out. Have you ever read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance ? The early chapters of that book have a very interesting and amusing discussion on understanding and figuring things out. I highly recommend it. Really weird and interesting book.

Picking out presents for people (this is where good research comes in handy).

My recipe for buttermilk waffles is a thing of perfection. Ok, this one mostly comes down to research too (and some experimentation).
The first things people usually notice about me
Probably my shoes. I like wearing minimalist shoes, e.g. toe shoes called Vibram FiveFingers, and they are very...eye-catching.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
The kind of stuff I read these days is usually related to science, philosophy, politics, music, psychology, education, computers, or photography. I recently read The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris, on the subject of morality, belief, free will, etc. Awesome stuff, I know. I also just finished reading Fast Food Nation, which was quite the eye-opener. One favorite of mine is A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. It's so damn interesting.

Historically, I've tended to go to books for nonfiction, and movies and TV for fiction. This is not a deliberate policy of mine, though; I do love good fiction books (and some documentary movies). The Hitchhiker's Guide comes to mind. My favorite fiction book is Replay.

Give me something imaginative with relatable characters (a good soundtrack doesn't hurt either). Groundhog Day, Memento, The Usual Suspects, Back to the Future, Inception, The Man From Earth, Pleasantville, The Truman Show, Being John Malkovich, Run Lola Run, Interstate 60, that kind of stuff. As evidenced by the preceding list, I have a soft spot for movies that tell stories in creative ways. Nonlinearity, time-travel, alternate history/reality, those all sound good to me. Conversation-driven films are also favorites, such as those made by Richard Linklater (e.g. Before Sunrise, Before Sunset), and Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, etc).

The dramas I currently follow are Breaking Bad, Fringe (not so good anymore, but I'm still holding on), and Dexter. As for comedy, these days it's mostly Peep Show, QI, and Louie. Then there are the shows which are over. My favorites include The X-Files, The Wire, Lost, House, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Seinfeld, and Police Squad. To throw in an animated one, I can say that I love Duckman. Seasons 3 to 9 of The Simpsons weren't too bad either. Oh, and I really loved the 90s cartoon Spider-Man: The Animated Series. It made Spidey my favorite comic book hero.

I'm not sure how my main preference should be described. Filmic? Cinematic? Classical? Minimalist? Some combination thereof. Point being, I am most moved by instrumental, orchestral pieces such as the ones traditionally composed for the movies and TV shows which use a live orchestra. I love playing such music. It can be so beautiful. You want names? Ok. By far my favorite composer is Michael Giacchino. I'm feeling a bit drawn to Philip Glass' work too. Oh, and I enjoy some rock as well, the Appetite For Destruction and Use Your Illusion albums by Guns N' Roses in particular.

Not much to say here. I'm not a vegetarian or anything like that, but honestly I can be picky sometimes (gradually less so in recent years). I try to be aware of the quality of the kind of food I'm eating, e.g. its amount of energy, its nutritional content (or lack thereof), its glycemic index, the fat content (and which kinds of fat), etc.
The six things I could never do without
a bicycle,
string instruments,
a favorable signal-to-noise ratio,
board & card games,
and the Oxford comma.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How is music able to convey emotion? I don't understand you, brain.
On a typical Friday night I am
Here I have listed each possible activity and its probability for your convenience. On a Friday night at 20:00 (that's 8pm for you Americans), I am likely:

• Eating, doing laundry, cleaning, or doing some other routine daily task (19%)
• Watching a movie, TV show, or wasting time on the internet (14%)
• Programming something (13%)
• Learning to play a new song (12%)
• Reading a book (11%)
• Visiting friends or having 'em over (10%)
• Out running somewhere (8%)
• Other (7%)
• Playing badminton (5%)
• Updating this OKCupid profile (1%)

(pending peer-review)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've never liked coffee. Or tea. If you know of some mindblowingly good tea, I might check it out. I'm less optimistic about good coffee, but you never know...
You should message me if
You believe this life is our only one and we should therefore use it responsibly and also enjoy ourselves.
You like thinking about the world and how it works.
You like deep, honest, and humorous conversations.
You're bilingual (or more).
You like film/TV soundtracks.
You think we'd get along especially well.
You like moving around (be it traveling, running, or whatever).
You are passionately interested in something I highlighted in my profile.
You have some other brilliant reason for contacting me, the validity of which will be judged on a case-by-case basis.