Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I'm a PhD student in philosophy, but I'm not as weird as you're
thinking right now, so stop that.
Some things about me that are more informative than a list of
adjectives: The Princess Bride is among my favorite movies; I won a
school championship in beer pong when I was an undergrad; I think
Fall Out Boy and The Offspring are genuinely good bands; I've been
compiling a list of favorite words for about ten years; I played in
the inaugural Dodgeball World Championship; and I'm significantly
responsible for the presence of a Chipotle on Thayer (you're
welcome, everyone). I'm from Minnesota and went to college in
For some reason I tend to like girls who drink whiskey. Otherwise,
I'm into the usual stuff: intelligence, confidence, enthusiasm, a
good sense of humor. Competitiveness is also a plus.
What I’m doing with my life
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Working on becoming a philosophy professor. In the meantime, I can
check out library books for, like, a really long time. Don't act
like you're not impressed.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Holding your hand, arranging romantic surprises, being liked by
I also have impeccable taste in t-shirts, and I'm pretty good at
The first things people usually notice about me
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There are some pictures of me at the top of this page, so you can
decide for yourself.
If the "things" are supposed to be personality traits, this is a
hard question for me to answer. So hard, in fact, that I'm not
going to answer it.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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I mostly stick to comedies - I like learning things, but not from
movies, and I don't really understand why people knowingly subject
themselves to unpleasant viewing experiences. I also enjoy playing
elaborate drinking games with movies that would otherwise
Shows: Mad Men, Friday Night Lights, House, Archer, 30 Rock, House
of Lies, Game of Thrones, Last Week Tonight, Rake (the Australian
Books: Lucky Jim, Gates of Fire, anything by Neal Stephenson
(especially Cryptonomicon), most things by Neil Gaiman, The Moral
Animal, the Song of Ice and Fire series. Thinking, Fast and Slow is
the best book I've read in the last few years - I highly recommend
it if you're interested in being smarter and/or living a better
Food: What I eat is mostly determined by nutritional content; taste
is apparently not as important to me as it is to most people.
Songs I will definitely sing or rap if they come on when I've been
drinking include Gimme the Loot, Kiss From a Rose, It's Bigger Than
Hip-Hop, and any of Nelly's hits. (But notice this is not in the
section on things I'm really good at.)
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Exercise (preferably basketball), the prospect of traveling
someplace interesting, information to process, caffeine,
semicolons, and dashes.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Sports: KU basketball, the Minnesota Timberwolves, Stanford
football/basketball, and University of Minnesota basketball. Also
In philosophy my main interests are the nature of morality and how
we know things about it. (E.g.: Are there any facts about right and
wrong? And if so, what kind of facts are they? Are they like facts
about what's pretty, or facts about what's red, or facts about how
much mass objects have, or...? And whatever kind of fact they are,
how do we know them? We don't seem to be able to see, touch, hear,
smell, or taste moral wrongness. Other people tell us about this
stuff, but how do they know? More generally, what do the causes of
our moral beliefs have to do with the moral facts?) I also taught a
class on free will and moral responsibility last year.
And when I'm using this site, I frequently wonder why so many
people appear to Capitalize Words at random.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
I dunno. When your sole professional obligation is producing a long
document, and there's no specific deadline, Fridays lose a lot of
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I read an enormous amount of sci-fi/fantasy when I was growing up -
mostly really bad stuff that I can hardly stand to look at now.
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