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28 M Providence, RI

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5′ 11″ (1.80m)
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Strictly vegetarian
Atheism, and laughing about it
Working on Ph.D program
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English (Fluently)

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My self-summary
I'm a PhD student in philosophy, but I don't fit the type very well - I devote a fanatical level of attention to certain sports teams, I go to the gym, and I'm not super awkward. Usually.

Some things about me that are more informative than a list of adjectives: The Princess Bride is among my favorite movies; I've played a few thousand games of online hearts; 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 think my life would be significantly better if I could dunk a basketball. I'm from Minnesota and went to college in California.

I tend to like girls who drink whiskey - not sure why. Otherwise, I'm into the usual stuff: intelligence, confidence, enthusiasm, a good (sarcastic) sense of humor. Competitiveness is also a plus.
What I’m doing with my life
Hopefully in the fall of 2015 I'll be a professor somewhere. 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
Holding your hand, arranging romantic surprises, being liked by your parents...

Okay, fine: My main talent is explaining things clearly and concisely. I can also make some pretty good drinks.
The first things people usually notice about me
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
I mostly stick to comedies - I like learning things, but not from movies, and I genuinely don't understand why people so often subject themselves to viewing experiences they know will be unpleasant. Sometimes I do watch action movies (I love the Bourne trilogy), or a thriller if it's really well done (e.g., The Usual Suspects), and I also enjoy playing elaborate drinking games to crappy movies.

Shows: Mad Men, Friday Night Lights, Archer, American Dad, House, 30 Rock, Girls, Community (the first couple seasons, anyway), House of Lies. I liked Boardwalk Empire until a certain character died.

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 life. My favorite philosophical authors are Montaigne and Nietzsche, but don't jump to any conclusions; I'm not especially emo.

Food: What I eat is pretty much determined by nutritional content; taste is not as important a factor for me as it is for most people. I'm pretty excited about the Soylent project.

Music: For some reason it's unusual for me to like more than a couple of songs by any one artist. Songs I will definitely sing/rap if they come on when I'm drunk include Gimme the Loot, Kiss From a Rose, It's Bigger Than Hip-Hop, and any of Nelly's hits. (I can easily be persuaded to do the standard Semi-Charmed Life, Bon Jovi, etc., but I won't insist on it.)
The six things I could never do without
Exercise (preferably basketball), the prospect of traveling someplace interesting, information to process, caffeine, semicolons, and dashes.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What makes for a good life, and what I could do better in mine. Also certain sports teams: KU basketball, the Minnesota Timberwolves, Stanford football/basketball, and University of Minnesota basketball.

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 facts 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 spend a lot of time wondering why so many people appear to Capitalize Things at random.
On a typical Friday night I am
I dunno. When your sole professional obligation is producing a long document sometime within the next year, Fridays lose a lot of their significance.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Hmmm. 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.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 23–31
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
Let me know if you've run across any really awesome OkCupid screennames. So far I've got:

I'm also taking submissions for the worst possible hook up playlist.