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34 M Mountain View, CA

My Details

Last Online
Today – 2:37am
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
6′ 0″ (1.83m)
Body Type
Overweight
Diet
Mostly anything
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Never
Religion
Agnosticism, and laughing about it
Sign
Taurus, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Graduated from university
Job
Science / Engineering
Income
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids, but wants them
Pets
Speaks
English, Spanish (Poorly)

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My self-summary
My name is matt. Back in the summer of 2012 I moved to Mountain View after living in the Boston area for the previous 14 years. In between, I had a multi-month "transitional period" that included a large moving crate, a cross-country road trip, transporting a bottle of water from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and a couple months of crashing in my brother's basement in Salt Lake City. It was a great experience, and I'm happy to be out west again after so many years.

Somehow it's been two years since that happened (time goes quickly, doesn't it?) and I'm still trying to figure out how to settle into a fulfilling life in the Bay Area. It's coming in pieces. Work has become really awesome. I'm finding some hobbies and non-work activities to fill my time, and some cool people to do said activities with.
What I’m doing with my life
I am a programmer/software engineer/computer scientist/whatever pretentious name for "writer of code" you want to use. I currently work for one of those Silicon Valley tech companies you've heard so much about. Previously, I worked for a small game studio near Boston for almost a decade.

I'm a pretty laid back person, but also very passionate about projects I'm working on, whether personal or professional. I used to live a very work-centered life, but my cross-country transition allowed me to adjust that and balance work with the rest of my life a lot better.

Outside of work, I have quite a few hobbies. I'm an avid board gamer. I'll play just about anything. My recent favorites are Avalon, Coup, Kingdom Builder, Cards Against Humanity, and Bananagrams. I have a very large Lego collection, and enjoy the zen-like act of building the various sets. I've gotten to rebuild many of the sets I own since I moved, and it's been quite a project. I also play/write music (on guitar, ukulele, drums, ocarina [Zelda!], saxophone, and piano), solve logic puzzles (similar to Sudoku), fly kites, play video and computer games, occasionally play D&D and Magic, and am also a certified scuba diver.
I’m really good at
- Run-on sentences
- Programming
- Board games
- Making up words for Words With Friends
- Getting along with people
- Overthinking
- Writing way more than I need to
- Telling stories
- Telling the same story I just told you two days ago
- Listening (to balance out the stories)
The first things people usually notice about me
Probably the beard. It's been getting bigger lately, as I've let it grow out.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
If there were a section on here labelled "I'm really bad at:" I would put that I'm really bad at enumerating lists of things, like favorites. So, rest assured, the following lists are very, very far from exhaustive.

Books: The Gap Cycle, Mistborn Trilogy, The Kingkiller Chronicles, Dune, Harry Potter, Dark Tower, and Fight Club. I usually prefer sci-fi and some fantasy, but will read almost anything. Recent reads include: A Song of Ice and Fire, Scalzi's Old Man's War series, The Fault in our Stars, Unlocked, and Alloy of Law. I was trying to re-read Wheel of Time from the beginning, but got to book 8 and petered out again. Still haven't read the last 4 books, and can't just jump in right in the middle...

Movies: Watchmen, Fight Club, The Dark Knight, Captain America: Winter Soldier, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Avengers, Dodgeball, Momento, The Matrix Trilogy, Superbad, almost any movie based on comic book super heroes (even though I've almost never read them). Again, I'll watch almost anything, but prefer comedies, dramas, and action movies.

Shows: Futurama, Archer, Community, How I Met Your Mother, Eureka, Tabletop, Arrested Development, Dollhouse, 30 Rock, Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones, old Simpsons, old Family Guy, Firefly.

Music: I lean toward hard rock/metal, alternative, and various electronica. At some point I also discovered I really love "symphonic metal". Something about distorted guitars and female opera singers just gets me going, I guess. A sampling of bands I enjoy: Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, The Birthday Massacre, Nightwish, Volbeat, Within Temptation, Lacuna Coil, Tool, A Perfect Circle, Celldweller, Halestorm, Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Seether. Also been getting into EDM lately, and I really enjoy #selfie by the Chainsmokers, even though it feels like a song everyone has a negative opinion about.

Food: Pizza, Mexican, crab and shrimp, Thai, Chinese, steak, good hamburgers. I'm a recovering very picky eater, and despite often doing weird things (like never getting cheese on burgers, but loving cheese on pizza and Mexican food), I am usually happy to eat just about anywhere.
The six things I could never do without
A very tough question. I think I could live without just about anything (except air, food, and water obviously), so I'm retitling this "The six things I would really prefer never to do without".

- Family/friends
- Wonder
- My car (more for personal freedom than because I'm a "car guy")
- Some kind of computing device (I make my living programming them!)
- Starbucks Mocha Frappuccinos (I admit it, I have a problem)
- A few minutes every so often to just relax, and realize how amazing life is
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Almost everything. Lately: How to meet new people when you're in your 30's. Why am I so anxious right now? What song should I learn to play next? Social justice activists on Twitter. What Lego set should I buy/build next? Why haven't I used all that electronic music stuff I bought a few months ago?
On a typical Friday night I am
Lately, playing Avalon/Coup with a group of people I know through work. We've become a little obsessed with these deception/deduction games, and playing them a bunch with the same people has made things even more interesting.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a group of online friends that call me Zombie (or Zomb or Zombo or Zambie) despite me not really being that into the whole zombie thing. It's... complicated.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 25–36
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
You are a geeky girl who likes geeky guys with beards. And/or you saw something in my profile that caught your eye and makes you think we'd get along.