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My self-summary
I grew up in upstate NY, where winters are cold, trees come in more than one color, and sometimes people drive cars without a latté in their hand.

I'm a techie by trade (you're shocked, I'm sure). I'm also a fan of live music, karaoke, pub trivia, good food+drink, and travel. Probably a few other things too. I also like to try new things, whether it's meeting a new person, trying a food or drink that I haven't had before, or going on an adventure.
What I’m doing with my life
I recently returned to Microsoft, after having worked there for 8 years and then gone off to try my hand at the startup thing. That was a fun three year excursion, but I'm really happy to be back working with an awesome team on something used by a billion people.

As much as I've always been crazy passionate about my work, I'm also trying to balance it with other priorities in my life (little things like seeing the world, being healthy, having a social life, dating...). Maybe that's where you come in!
I’m really good at
Changing my mind about how best to sarcastically answer this question.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm not sure how to answer this. Maybe if you go on a date with me, I'll send you a survey afterward and post the results :-)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I try to mix some non-fiction in, but really most of what I read tends to be sci-fi. I'd probably put Ender's Game at the top of my list.

Music: My friend jokes that my musical taste is stuck in the 90s, but really I like a whole lot. All-time favorites include Dave Matthews Band, Guster, Death Cab, The Postal Service, and Ben Folds. But also TMBG, VNV Nation, The Flaming Lips, Daft Punk... And there always room for some 80s (New Order, Erasure, Duran Duran), or 70s funk, or classic rock, or Billy Joel, or random new indie band, or... You get the idea.

TV: Game of Thrones, Arrested Development, Community, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Top Gear. Off-the-air: Firefly, Futurama, Seinfeld, Studio 60, West Wing, BSG, Stargate.

Movies: I love me some Marvel Cinematic Universe (Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, etc). Also live Pixar (Wall-E being my most recent favorite). Love sci-fi, LOTR, classics from my youth like Dead Poet's Society, Good Will Hunting, Scent of a Woman, Snatch... Probably others I'm forgetting.

Food: I love food (and wine, and whiskey, and good beer). I love eating out, but I also occasionally pretend I'm a master chef and prepare something really elaborate with absolutely no justification for believing I should be able to pull it off. I hear the results are usually pretty good, which only tells you that I have very kind friends.
Six things I could never do without
New places to visit
New people to meet
New things to learn
Technology / Gadgets
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What I'm looking for, relationship-wise. How to make myself better (better developer, better athlete, better artist, better dog owner, better son/brother/nephew, better friend). How to make an impact.
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably one of the following:
1) Out at one of my Fremont haunts.
2) Seeing a movie at the IMAX.
3) Karaoke.
4) At home on the couch recovering from a busy week.
5) Meeting you?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
That I'm just answering this question to see if I get a prize for getting my profile to 100%.

Update: I did not.
You should message me if
You got this far and haven't already done so.
The two of us