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thieving_magpie

56 Portland, OR Man

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I’m looking for

  • Women
  • Ages 33–62
  • Near me
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating

My details

Last online
Yesterday – 9:02pm
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
6′ 1″ (1.85m)
Body type
Average
Diet
Anything
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Never
Religion
Agnosticism, and somewhat serious about it
Sign
Taurus
Education
Graduated from masters program
Job
Technology
Income
Rather not say
Status
Single
Type
Offspring
Has a kid
Pets
Speaks
English (Fluently), German (Poorly), C++ (Fluently)
My self-summary
Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Let me 'splain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.
I write software for a living ... it's fun, if sometimes more than a little intense. Before that, I taught minors how to cypher, write, and work and play well with others. Somewhere in there, I did the same thing for adults in various settings.
I've got unusually varied musical tastes; performing gave me a real appreciation of how little genre matters compared to invention.

In short, I'm a unique and special snowflake, just like everyone else.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
Enjoying it; my son; fun little things I've wanted to do but for some reason haven't for a bit. Revisiting swimming lately, and revisiting pushing myself physically that way as well. Hiking.. I've been reading a bit more lately for pleasure, which I like. Dating. Dating is pretty nice. Oh, and very much lately I've been packing small, obscenely heavy boxes of books in preparation for moving into the centroid (insert analogy here) of Portland, and outa beautiful Lake O, in spite of its charms.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Playing with words, exploring new ideas. Listening. I solve puzzles (aka write software) for a living; I'm good at that.
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
My smile? My eyes? Hump? What hump?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
TL;DR
Movies:
Darren Aronofsky (the fountain, pi),
Charlie Kaufman (Synecdoche, Adaptation),
Paul Thomas Anderson(Punch Drunk Love).
if you like these ... just drop me a line, 'k?

I like some odd stuff ... like Pi, Primer, omg Synecdoche NY, and pretty much the rest of Kaufman, City of Lost Children, R&G are Dead ...
Funny Stuff: The Trouble with Harry (Hitchcock + comedy ftw), Duck Soup.
Dialog driven stuff like A Man for all Seasons, or Philadelphia Story.
Music: Good Vocals: Sallie Ford, Jesca Hoop, Warren Zevon, Maria Rita, PJ Harvey, Dahlia.
Quirky ... Bjork, Zappa, Cohen, Little Jack Melody and his Young Turks
Ambient: Zero-7, The Orb, Art of Noise, Moscow Coup Attempt.
Classical (particularly choral work) by Beethoven, Debussy, Mozart.
Steely Dan (where do they go?)
Melancholy bits like Portishead, Massive Attack
Food: Anything at all (no bugs).
I like grinding my own wheat to make bread, but I also like Fritos. A nice steak, medium-rare and a good Brunello, if we're getting all fancy. And lately, for some odd reason, I've been exploring soup recipes. I can make the most winning red bean with ham hock soup (bummer for the vegans, no?) I could have imagined; it's like an unsuspected super-power. Only with hocks.
Books/Authors: Lately I'm reading House of Leaves, which is kinda fun.House of Leaves was totally worth reading. Not the same having done so, which is I think sort-of the point of such, no? So is the stuff here:
Sciences: Richard Dawkins (strongly influenced my thesis work), K&R
Doorstops: Cryptonomicon
SF/Fantasy: Neil Gaiman, Cordwainer Smith, Theodore Sturgeon, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Ray Bradbury
Alfred Bester
Other?: Kipling's Just So Stories, Borges' The Library of Babel, One Hundred Years of Solitude (one of the odd don't-know-him deaths that hurt me recently), Tom Holt, Mil Millington (laugh-out-loud funny), James Thurber (grin-out-loud funny), William Goldman (Princess Bride, Marathon Man ...).
Stuff I just put to impress you: Melville, Hugo, Cervantes.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
I'm hijacking this question. Here are six things that keep me happy
1. my son,
2. reading,
3. music (lately, listening; prior to this, making it),
4. physical activity (swimming, hikes),
5. good food and drink,
6. good friends.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
A substantial number of women on OKC have answered "yes" to the "world would be a better place if lower-IQ folk couldn't reproduce" question while at the same time answering the STALE/STEAL question incorrectly. One also opined that the earth was larger than the sun. Could y'all turn in your offspring on the way out?

  • "Ken Ham to build life-size Viking-inspired Noah’s Ark"

  • What a graph of my dopamine levels would look like as I click through this site.

  • How much unfettered capitalism looks like unfettered freeway driving. No rules, just self-interest, and all will be well.

  • The Waiter Rule: A person who is nice to you, but not to the waiter, is not a nice person.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Half of my Fridays I'm with my son; the other half I'm with friends or a date or a good book (or a mediocre, but distracting, book). Or gobbling up some series on Netflix.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
  • I have an Erdős number. In fact, I have an Erdős-Bacon number, although I think you have to stretch the definition a bit (the role was uncredited).
  • I have the most off-putting nom d'okcupid ever (what, that wasn't a secret?). It's the name of a Rossini opera I was listening to on Pandora when I signed up. I'm not sure how that's less off-putting ("Oh, so neither creative nor hip then, eh?").
  • The term LOL really annoys me for some reason, in ways that ordinary TLA's do not.
  • Damn ... OyVeyCupid.com is already taken. Why are people always pre-stealing my brilliant ideas???
Hey, if you read this far, you can cash this in for a free beer!
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
-You want to compliment me on my pictures.
-You want to just say hi, we don't match, but this one thing I said is quite clever/poignant/life-altering/annoying ...
- You're nice to people regardless of what they can do for you.
-You want to meet me in real life for a non-committal glass-o-beer.
- You needn't be particularly clever about it; we both spent all that effort on our profiles, and will again on our meeting. Just dive in.

Reasons not to date me:
If you're all "My son/daughter/other is all grown up, and now it's my turn to see what life has had waiting for me! It's my turn to fly!" Cause I might well say the same thing in, oh, seven or eight years, but for now, I'm a dad of a 11 year old. So, there's that.

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