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My self-summary
Not so recent east coast transplant finding my place in LA. I've lived in NY, CT, London, Boston and a smattering of other places, but LA proves itself unique.

I drink coffee semi-professionally. I think moderation (in all its forms) is for wimps. I believe in striving to make a positive impact on the world around me.

Oh, and I sing in the shower... badly... everyday.

90029 if it matters
What I’m doing with my life
Publishing or perishing while failing to inspire college aged minds. In other words, working as a university professor. For those that are curious, my research focuses on developing new methods for data-driven optimization.

Despite (because of?) all the work I'm a big believer in making time for play. I'm currently:
- Boondoggling travel to far-off places via research conferences -- this year includes Banff, London, Switzerland, Paris and hopefully Singapore.
- Aching for some great, live jazz
- Eating all the street tacos
- Discovering new ways to be a questionable influence as an uncle via skype.

I generally prize a city's hidden gems and unsung haunts. Share your favorites with me.
I’m really good at
Finding joy in small things
Getting people to open-up
Couch-napping -- I was captain of my varsity team in college and nearly went all American. Could have been a pro if it weren't for that rotator cuff injury my senior year.
The first things people usually notice about me
I have never been accused of being shy.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Bastard out of Carolina, The Dark Tower, Catch-22, Galapagos, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Emergency Sex and other Desperate Measures

Just finished Coates' Between the World and Me... It floored me. Working through Krishnamurti's On Love and Loneliness and Lies my Teacher Told Me.

Movies: Apparently I don't watch nearly as many movies as everyone else in LA. Favorites include: Ex Machina, Six String Samurai, The Prestige, American History X, Afro-Samurai, Old Boy, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog.

Music: Cannonball Adderly, Coltrane, Dispatch, Chromeo, Girl Talk, Manu Chauo, Ozomatli, The Red Elvises, Razorlight, The Audition, Gangstagrass, Chance the Rapper

TV: Newsroom, Hannibal, Walking Dead, Firefly, The Americans, Burn Notice, Scrubs, Battlestar Galactica, GOT, Sherlock.

Food: I love all ethnic food, but Thai food holds a special place in my heart.

Booze: I regularly enjoy single malt scotch (Compass Box, Laphroig, Ardberg), and occasionally good bourbon (Bakers 7, Basil Hayden's Reserve, Four Roses). I've never been much of a wine aficionado, but do love a good craft beer.
Six things I could never do without
Morning coffee
After-work beer
Quality banter
Good company
Something to strive for (intellectual, physical or personal)
Shenanigans (not the restaurant).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Making a positive impact

How much I miss British "humour"

What it means to be a "strong man" and a "feminist" while breaking out of the "man box." (Cf. Tony Porter: http://www.ted.com/talks/tony_porter_a_call_to_men.html)

Did the confederacy win the civil war? How does a nation begin to heal its wounds?

Are our expectations around intimacy, sex and love simply misguided?

When it comes to looking for the perfect partner, where's the line between "growing up" and "settling"?

And, of course, the impending zombie apocalypse.
On a typical Friday night I am
Still exploring my "new" city in LA, pulling out my hair as I try to distinguish between the torch and paprika swatches while furnishing my house, or drinking a beer with friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm open about almost everything, perhaps to a fault. For example: I had to erase what I used to have written here because it was definitely attracting the wrong kind of people.

Edit: apparently this response also attracts the wrong kind of people.
You should message me if
-you like to laugh, and you like to make others laugh.

-you're not afraid to be open with people. Real intimacy requires vulnerability.

-you aren't afraid to be unapologetically intellectual from time to time
The two of us