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  • Ages 18–32
  • Located anywhere
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating, casual sex

My details

Last online
Oct 4
Open relationship
Relationship Type
5' 10" (1.77m)
Body Type
Atheism and it’s important
Working on Post grad
Might want kids
English (Fluently), Spanish (Somewhat), Latin (Somewhat)
My self-summary
Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I am a scientist, writer, bookworm, and computer geek. I think I am well-rounded, easygoing, witty, and a lot of fun to hang out with. Or so my friends tell me. Usually under duress. But whatever. :p

I consider myself to be an intellectual, but I don't take myself too seriously. I can be introverted in large groups, but I enjoy meeting new people, and I try to make sure the people I am with are having a good time, which I accomplish through a combination of wordplay, witty banter, and scintillating conversation. Or just doing something dorky. Hey, whatever it takes.

Personality wise, I straddle the line between being an INTJ and ENTJ. Suffice it to say, despite my proclivities toward reason and logic, I am actually a hopeless romantic. But don't take my word for it; I strongly encourage you to find out first-hand. ;-)

As far as dating is concerned, I enjoy the company of those who are fairly smart, intellectually curious, and who have a good sense of humor. Someone who might enjoy dining out, seeing movies, taking long walks, playing tennis, attending book readings, traveling, visiting anime/scifi/comic/? cons, playing the occasional video or computer game, and having techno-geeky conversations would be great, but I am open to suggestions, and I love trying new things. I should also say that I am a warm and affectionate person, so casual nights in spent cuddling and enjoying each other's company would also be nice. Low key evenings can be wonderful.

I'm a practitioner of ethical non-monogamy / polyamory, and I am happily partnered with a wonderful guy, but I enjoy meeting new people and making new connections. My partner actively encourages me to seek new, meaningful connections, and there are no limits on what others can achieve with me romantically or sexually; rest assured, I don't have second-class relationships with anyone.

You can feel free to keep reading if you'd like to put up with my logorrhea, but you can just as easily skim and get to know me through conversation. For starters, you can ask me how my research is going, what I think of the latest gadgets or technology news, or whether I have read anything good lately.

Finally, a disclaimer: I answered most of the OkCupid questions 2-4 years ago, so I reserve the right to disavow any answers that seem disagreeable. I think plausible deniability makes sense in light of the fact that I've changed quite a bit since then (hopefully for the better).
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I was a double-major in English and biochemistry in college. I am mostly focusing on the scientific side of myself right now, in that I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology within Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. This PhD may be a means to an end -- namely, a freelance career in medical writing and science journalism -- but that's okay.

Although the day to day business of being a graduate student can be a grind, I am in fact passionate about my research, in which I study the ability of viruses to worsen asthma symptoms. It's cool stuff. I am also quite interested in the sciences -- and the humanities -- in general; my academic interests are very broad and not at all limited to what I do.

Speaking of my broad interests, I would like to meet someone who is able to nurture the humanities-oriented portion of my personality, which is currently withering on the vine as I doggedly pursue my research. However, I get along really well with scientific/technical types as well, so don't feel put off by my desire to diversify.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
First, writing and editing*. I was an English major, after all, and I was the copy chief at my college newspaper. But, don't worry, I'm not a prescriptivist, authoritarian grammar Nazi. As you can probably tell from this profile, I'm actually quite playful and permissive when it comes to my own use of language. Heck, I even use emoticons. :)

Second, I think I am at least a competent teacher. I love tutoring and TAing when I get the chance, and I seem to get good feedback, so I probably don't suck.

Third, I am a good listener. Many of my friends feel comfortable sharing their problems with me, and I don't mind, as I enjoy hearing people out and providing helpful advice (or not, as the situation demands). Bottom line, if you need advice, somebody to bounce an idea off of, or just a sympathetic ear, I'm probably willing to be there for you. Of course, this gets me into trouble in dating-land, where I suffer from nice-guy syndrome. But alas.

Fourth, I suppose I should also say that I am a good problem solver / troubleshooter. It comes with the territory of being a scientist. Along the same lines, I am basically tech support for my entire social network, which, for whatever reason, I kind of like.

Notably absent from this list? Being a bench scientist. Don't get me wrong -- I am great with the concepts and the scientific literature and the experimental design, but I honestly have no idea if I'm any good at actually performing experiments (aka the fabled "having good hands"). Based on my success rate, it's kind of hard to tell. Get back to me after I finish my PhD (or not).
*though, apparently, I have no ability to keep my OkCupid profile to any reasonable length, so take this with a grain of salt.
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
My somewhat bookish appearance? Or perhaps the goofy smirk that's often on my face? You tell me. I've always been told I have nice eyes too, but I'm not sure that'd be the first thing.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Books: I like reading fantasy and sci-fi novels for some pure escapism (Song of Ice and Fire, Lord of the Rings, etc.), and even some gay romance fiction (Jay Bell comes to mind), but I definitely have more academic / literary tastes as well -- you will catch me reading Richard Dawkins, David Hume, Karl Popper, John Knowles, Saul Bellow, Ernest Hemingway, J.M. Coetzee, Chaim Potok, J.D. Salinger, T.S. Eliot, and W.B. Yeats. I used to be a big Michael Crichton fan, though he lost me with his global warming denialism. I also have read a lot of John Grisham over the years, but not much lately.

One of my favorite genres is the bildungsroman (still), which means I read a lot of what is sometimes called "young adult" literature. I feel like it's a somewhat stigmatized genre, for whatever reason, but a lot of good stuff happens in it. My favorite contemporary author in this area is John Green, whose "The Fault in Our Stars" is pretty much an instant classic. I also rather liked "Will Grayson, Will Grayson," which touches on two themes I find interesting, namely the nature of romantic and platonic love and the nature of authorship (Green co-wrote the book with David Levithan in a nifty nontraditional way). Another favorite is Keith Hale's "Clicking Beat on the Brink of Nada." Cory Doctorow's stuff is good too.

To get some English-major cred I suppose I should describe my primary area of literary interest / study, which is Modern American and British literature (hence the Hemingway, Eliot, and Yeats). My undergraduate thesis had to do with themes of ex-patriotism in the works of Yeats and Eliot.

My favorite poem that I can recite from memory is "Spring and Fall to a Young Child," which is by Gerard Manly Hopkins.

I happen to empathize with J. Alfred Prufrock.

Movies: I was raised by my mother, who trained as a screenwriter, and I have spent a lot of time watching stuff with her, so I have a major appreciation for movies in general. There aren't many kinds of movies I'll refuse to watch, though I have to admit funky art house films-that-are-trying-too-hard aren't my favorite thing. A random-ish selection of my favorite movies might include Get Real, Annie Hall, When Harry Met Sally, North by Northwest, Star Wars: A New Hope, Ghostbusters, The Money Pit, Jurrasic Park, The Social Network, Dogma, Gattaca, Midnight in Paris, Mysterious Skin, Nice Guy Johnny (and all other Edward Burns movies), Jesus Henry Christ (best I've seen yet at the Tribeca Film Festival), Super 8, Day for Night, Brazil, The Door in the Floor, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Ordinary People.

TV (shows): I rarely make time for TV anymore, unfortunately. I am pretty much caught up on none of these, but I do like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Steven Universe, Orphan Black, Ouran High School Host Club, Nichijou, and House of Cards. Shows I used to watch until they met their demise include Home Improvement, Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, ER, Once and Again, and Everwood.

Plays (shows, too): 'Night Mother, Death of a Salesman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Hamlet, King Lear, the Henry plays, As You Like It, Fences, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Book of Mormon.

Music: I like Paul Simon, Bruce Hornsby, Ben Folds, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Loudon Wainwright III, Jonathan Coulton, Mumford & Sons, Foster the People, Wolfgun, Franz Ferdinand, and whatever else Pandora encourages me to hear.

There isn't much I hate, so I am a pretty agreeable person to be around. If a person likes something I don't, my gut reaction is to discuss the difference of opinion with him or her. Notably, I am actually capable of changing my mind, and I think this is an insanely attractive trait in others. It would seem appropriate to quote one of my favorite Bruce Hornsby songs:

"You're looking at a picture / I'm looking at it too / Do you see what I see today / Let's talk about the difference / Find out what's in the way / Open our eyes, see the same / See the same way"

Food: Chinese, Indian, Jewish/deli, Mexican, Italian, American, et al. I am pretty much an omnivore.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
1) My friends (to keep me sane, and give me an excuse to get out of my lab)

2) Computers / miscellaneous gadgets (I like technology too much)

3) My smartphone (to keep me on task and navigate the world)

4) Feedly (né Google Reader) / RSS feeds (to stay informed)

5) Science / Logic / Language (to make sense of things)

6) Numbered lists (just had to be meta)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
The origin of life, how we evolved, and where it is all going.

I consider myself to be a futurist, by which I mean that I find it fun to think about how science and technology might be able to shape society and save us from ourselves.

I tend to think things through and be rational, rather than impulsive, and I rarely do things that don't make a whole lot of sense to me. However, I do find that people I really like can draw out my romantic, spontaneous side. It's buried in here somewhere...
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Hanging out with friends, maybe watching a movie or going out for dinner, drinks, and conversation. Or perhaps reading a good book and spending the night in. I'm kind of flexible that way.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I am mildly afraid of touching fish while swimming.
Ichthyophobia, it's called. Weird, eh?
You should message me if
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You would like to hang out with a nice, witty, smart, dependable, compassionate, fun-loving guy. You are looking for companionship and aren't afraid to truly get to know someone. You think we would get along.

Heck, if you made it this far, you owe it to yourself just so you won't have wasted your time reading my profile. Honestly, you should really just take a chance. After all, grief is the price we pay for love.

You shouldn't message me if you're just looking for sex, though. My profile might say I'm okay with being casual, but friends with benefits is as casual as I really get. There has to be some kind of connection between us, whether that is friendship or something else. I have high standards, I don't do one night stands, and I'm very safe and conscious of STI risk. I'm also on Truvada PrEP for what that's worth.