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My self-summary
UGA Associate Professor looking to ASSOCIATE WITH YOU!

I'm a 35-year old mathematics professor enjoying gainful employment at the University of Georgia. I like TV and hanging out with people who don't suck. (Being compassionate is a good start.)

I'm crazy about my area of mathematics, and I enjoy teaching at all levels, but in my saner moments I realize that my work isn't enough. I'm looking for someone to ride with me on the road trip of life. I'd ride shotgun since I don't drive. On our dashboard we'll have a portable TV playing Firefly episodes, and as we journey across the countryside we can talk about the creative rise and fall of Joss Whedon. (Dollhouse?! I mean, seriously.)

My life philosophy is that there is a Jack Handey (the "Deep Thoughts" dude) quote for every occasion, if you just know how to find it. For instance, whenever I start to despair about humanity (e.g., election season), I think of this:

Maybe in order to understand mankind, we have to look at the word itself. Basically, it's made up of two separate words — "mank" and "ind." What do these words mean? It's a mystery, and that's why so is mankind.

Brilliant, isn't it???
What I’m doing with my life
Much with the math. Also, a lot of TV.
I’m really good at
Being happy about social justice victories. Whining when my Internet goes down. Thinking hard about obscure math problems.
The first things people usually notice about me
is how many computers I own. Also if they are in my office they usually admire my collection of number theory books. So women who visit my office usually swoon twice.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
In a past life I read lots of sci-fi (e.g., Asimov, Frank Herbert). I loved Ender's Game, but now I realize that OSC is a bit of a creepazoid. I enjoy sci-fi'ish movies (even some embarrassingly bad ones) and TV (Star Trek > Star Wars for me). Un-sci-fi'ish movies that I like include Lost in Translation and Ghost World.

I'm in recovery from Christian fundamentalism. I love reading stuff by Brian McLaren; Marcus Borg is also pretty rocking. (RIP!) And Peter Rollins is hilarious and insightful.

Chinese and Indian food are the bestest. This is indisputable.
Six things I could never do without
math books, pencil (or pen), paper, the Internet, my computers, my life-size Lego replicas of the (reimagined) Battlestar Galactica cast (not actually)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
my research. Why bad dudes like Bowser and Wario are allowed to compete in Mario Kart. Why Kyle XY was canceled even though Smallville got 10 seasons. How to be more like Maurice Moss from the IT Crowd. Finally, how to redeem Christianity from homophobia and alliance with empire.
On a typical Friday night I am
working! Or catching up on TV. Sometimes both AT THE SAME TIME.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I don't have a driver's license.
You should message me if
You just want to hang out and watch TV or something, or grab a veggie gyro at The Grit.
The two of us