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My self-summary
Hello and welcome to Hari's (that's my name) house of... well, I hope house of wonder but I suppose it might be a house of terror. I guess that's for you to decide. I can say with strong confidence, and a bit of sadness, that is not a house of pancakes. It is also not a house of mirrors, waffles, or rooms. I think I'm getting off topic here... where was I... oh yes, welcome!

I'm an American currently living in Beijing. After working for a few years I went back to school in New York to get my J.D. (law degree) and then came to Beijing to study Chinese law for a year. Now I'm working in a law firm in Beijing and so far I like it.

Before law school I was a software developer and I worked for a year in microfinance. I’m still trying to figure out how to bring this more technical side of me back into my life. I also miss doing math so I want to weave that in somehow as well.

I’m a pretty nerdy and geeky guy but I also like to get out and do stuff. I enjoy talking with people and exploring ideas with them. Be warned: if a debate interests me I can get a bit intense about it; not angry but just intense in the sense that I will want to use the debate to dig deep into the ideas involved.

I enjoy traveling. I’ve been to a number of countries and there are many more places I want to go. I enjoy checking out the sights but I also try to meet some locals or other vacationers if possible at bars, coffee shops, etc… Most people are friendly.

What I’m doing with my life
Being a lawyer.

Studying whatever interests me at the time: right now its Chinese and tensor calculus.

Beginning to explore Beijing; next on my list is to find places I can watch plays (in English, for now anyway).

Trying to figure out how to make the world a better place.
I’m really good at
This is the bragging section, eh? I suppose this whole profile is meant to be an exercise in bragging but this is the only section where one is explicitly told to brag. Does this give me license to brag a great deal or, if I do, will that make me seem haughty? Does asking the previous question (or this question) make me seem haughty?

Logic, math,, etc…

Certain types of movie quotes.

Listening (I used to be horrible at this but I decided I needed to develop it as a skill).

Other random things.
The first things people usually notice about me
Probably that I’m tall…? I never asked. The first thing I notice about myself each morning is that I’m awake, but I doubt that’s very helpful.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I’m just going to list genres/categories…

Books: sci-fi, science, philosophy.

Moves: anything with a good plot.

Shows: generally I like anime but I’m also into anything with anything sort of mysterious… I like to see what surprises the writer has in store.

Music: not too picky.

Food: anything, really. I make it a point to, when given the chance, try just about everything that someone, in some culture, considers food. If you are curious I can give a list of my weirdest but I won’t list it here since some people are squeamish about this sort of thing.
The six things I could never do without
I’d like to think there is very little I could never do without although I’m sure there is a degree of self-delusion in that. In any event, I’ll just list six things I really don’t want to do without:

1. friends
2. good books
3. discussions
4. good beer
5. diverse foods
6. teachers
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Work, my family, the law, time travel, stories, my future, finding “the one” (cheesy? Ah well), how to make the world a better place, what’s next, infinity...
On a typical Friday night I am
Out, somewhere, doing something with friends. I guess bars are pretty common but I’m usually up for anything random. Sometimes I'm too tired to go out so I'll watch a movie (alone or with friends) or read a book.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I can quote fairly significant portions of Monty Python's Holy Grail. I recently re-watched this with my sister and my dad and about 20 minutes in my dad had to tell my sister and me to shut up.
You should message me if
You like having fun but are also serious at times.

You like the idea of hanging out at a bar, getting a few drinks and debating how to save the world.

You are willing to travel to other countries, meet some people, eat some random food, find our way back at night and do it again the next day.

Or if you feel the deep desire to do so… (read: if you think we would be a good match).