Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I originally thought it was unrealistic to try to summarize my
entire being in a couple of paragraphs, but then I thought more
about it and realized that it's a dating website and that I was
overthinking it. And then I thought that maybe I was supposed to be
overthinking it, so maybe I wasn't overthinking it enough. Then all
that overthinking gave me a headache and I had to lie down.
So challenge accepted, OKCupid. Here goes.
Grew up in San Francisco. Came east for college. Gradually got
caught in New York's gravitational pull. Lived in downtown Jersey
City for ~5 years. Will likely be moving to Brooklyn soon (not sure
exactly where yet).
There we go. My life summary in 38 words.
But that's not why you're reading this, is it? So keep reading to
find out more about me. If you make it to the end, you win a
*: there is no prize. That was a lie. But keep reading anyways.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
Trying to come up with good ideas for things to make/build. Mostly
failing to follow through on the actual making/building part. The
idea part is much more fun.
I've been a software developer for 10 years now, and after a few
stints at various companies (some worthwhile, some less
worthwhile), I've landed at a really cool startup. It's not one of
the crappy ones that's a social network for hamsters or something,
it's a really good one with a positive effect on society. I realize
that I may be just a cog in a machine, but it's an awesome machine,
so I'm fine with it.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Reverse-engineering things. Within 5 minutes of starting to use
OKCupid, I was already thinking about how it worked under the hood.
Since I'm still using the site, I clearly haven't fully figured it
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
In all honesty, it's probably the shaved head. It has a tendency to
reflect light in interesting ways (I have yet to figure out a way
to use this to my advantage).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Music: As a rule of thumb, I mostly listen to rock music made
before I was born. Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin, Clapton, etc. Not
exclusively though. Lately I've been trying to listen to some stuff
in the top 20 list on Spotify just to know what the hell everyone
is talking about.
TV: I'm a religious Daily Show watcher. I also like The Simpsons
(yes, even the modern day episodes), Archer, Brooklyn Nine Nine,
and a bunch of others too. As far as shows that are over and done
with, I'm a big fan of Futurama, Arrested Development, 30 Rock, and
Movies: There's far too many to fit here. My top 3 are: Almost
Famous, The Usual Suspects, and The Matrix. I could probably spend
hours making a list of favorite movies. If there's a science
fiction movie playing somewhere, I'll probably go see it (even if
it looks bad).
Books: I read mostly non-fiction. I like everything Michael Lewis
has written (Moneyball, Liar's Poker, The Blind Side, etc.),
Ender's Game, Snowcrash, and plenty of others. Most recently I've
read "Yes Please", "So You've Been Publicly Shamed", and "Becoming
Food: There's no one particular kind of food I like best. I am a
fairly adventurous eater though; if I see something on a menu that
I've never tried before, there's a good chance I'll order it. This
has produced mixed results, but I strike gold often enough that it
ends up being worth it. The strangest thing I've ever eaten was the
cow knee at Gahm Mi Oak in Koreatown (I don't think I'd order that
again), and the best thing I've ever eaten was fatty tuna at a
Japanese restaurant in Philadelphia (I didn't even have to use my
teeth. It melted on my tongue). Recently I tried pig neck, which
was surprisingly tasty.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Feedly: I'm not sure what I'd do without a constant drip feed of
news and stuff to read. The site was down for a day or two, and I
got all twitchy.
Assorted gadgetry (iDevices, various computers, etc.): Pretty
important for my work. And also, SOOO SHINY.
Podcasts: They make commuting feel like less of a waste of
Public transit: I'm never living in a place where a car is required
Good walking shoes: Until I can get people to cart me around like
Cleopatra, this is pretty important.
... and a sixth thing (seems lazy to put something here that I
ACTUALLY can't live without, like food or shelter or oxygen or
something, so I'm leaving it blank.)
(Also, I'm pretty sure that this question implicitly means "what
1st world luxury items can't you live without", so I answered
accordingly. I mean, the whole paved-roads-and-running-water thing
is important and all, but you know ... iPhone.)
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Decompressing from the workweek, either at happy-hour or at home in
front of the television (sometimes you just need to shut your brain
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
You know that one friend you have that always capitalizes and
punctuates all their text messages? I'm that guy.
I also get uneasy when people don't close their parentheses when
they write. I mean, how am I supposed to know when their
parenthetical is over?
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
You want to, I guess. I won't bite. (Also, this is an online
service, so it's technically impossible for me to bite.)
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