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My self-summary
I will admit, I am a bit of a geek (hmm, judging by my "Personality" tab, that may be an understatement). I like to read, play video games, and earn my living as an engineer. I don't regularly follow any sports, although I have fun attending games, or possibly only tailgating them... It's hard to remember. If you only love going to clubs where the music is too loud to talk, it is possible you don't have much to say.

I like living near the city for the convenience of it all, but sometimes I feel the need to get away from the noise for a few days. I've been skydiving, scuba diving, and whitewater rafting, so if that kind of thing appeals to you that's a plus. I enjoy traveling, but who doesn't? I also eat food.

I appreciate art well enough but find it hard to take it especially seriously. Maybe I just haven't seen the right kind because lots of people seem to think it's just great. I think perhaps I am more impressed by the ingenuity of human technology and leave beauty and awe to nature. Please feel free to try to change my mind on this.

I am extremely impressed by how much I dislike the people OK Cupid has rated as an enemy. At the very least it filters out the people who can't spell (or more importantly, can't even be bothered to try; you're on a computer with a dictionary mere clicks away, for god's sake). I'm not really looking for someone who describes themself as "bubbly" or who is searching for their one and only soul mate (such a person is terrible at math). I appreciate a healthy dose of cynicism, as long as you're not morose about it. Mostly I am into good conversation over a couple of beers.
What I’m doing with my life
Work hard. Die young. Win valuable prizes!!
I’m really good at
Well, fairly good at, pool and darts. And Rock Band, for all you girls looking for a musician. I enjoy arguing, and to people who say you shouldn't talk religion or politics: you are boring. I'm good with all things technical, which I like to apply to solving problems to make my life and the lives of those around me more convenient. One day I will have a single button that does everything. Oh and I can fix things, usually barely getting electrocuted at all.
The first things people usually notice about me
I have a surprisingly large number of dinosaur themed shirts for someone in their 30s. So that is pretty noticeable. It is what I would notice.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I enjoy long, epic series of novels like George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice, and Tad Williams' Otherland. Otherwise I read mostly books about science, evolution, psychology, and language. Unfortunately these days it's also a lot of television standards documents for work.

I always hate reading long lists of titles in this section. I'm trying to make my way through the IMDB top 250 list so I can be more pretentious at parties. In general the best movies I've seen don't hold a candle to the best books I've ever read. Maybe two hours is often not enough time to tell an epic story.

Futurama might very well be my favorite thing that has ever been on television, but I enjoy Archer, The Boondocks, American Dad. Non cartoons: Always Sunny in Philadelphia, 30 Rock, Six Feet Under, The Walking Dead, Mythbusters, and most shows on the Science or Discovery channels except for factory assembly line shows about toilets being made.

I like to have a long running television series that's in a late season in the queue for anytime TV watching. Previous: Breaking Bad. Currently: Dr. Who.

Sometimes I enjoy a "so bad it's good" movie more than a great movie. If you don't know what I'm talking about I encourage you to rent "The Room" (more likely, illegally download it).
Six things I could never do without
My iPod to stave off potential moments of actual introspection.

I might have been able to live without the Internet before I knew about it, but it's far too late for that.

Other stuff, probably. I don't need possessions, maaaan.*

*this is a lie
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Mostly delusions of grandeur. And ostrich jousting. Did you know you can ride an ostrich at farms in Africa? It is on my list. They probably won't let me joust though.

It is inconvenient that life is too short to know everything.

Sometimes it bothers me that humanity will eventually travel to the distant stars, and I will be long dead, but then I think about how cool airplanes would be to someone who lived 500 years ago and I'm comforted by the fact that future people won't appreciate space travel either.

I vehemently disagree with people who believe analog is better than digital within the limits of human perception (based on, you know, facts).
On a typical Friday night I am
I guess this is where I'm supposed to impress you with how exciting my life is. Some of the profiles I read make it sound like every Friday night they are hang gliding in the Adirondacks with one hand and writing the next great American novella with the other. I've done cool stuff, I plan to do more cool stuff, but a lot of life is rather routine and I'm ok with that.

I would like to go to more science lectures. It would be ideal if alcohol is served at such an event.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My Googling may be getting out of hand; the other day I Googled "how to eat tamales" on my phone before deciding whether or not to try to bite into the corn husk.

I think I will be able to pinpoint my transition to adulthood as the day I am no longer tempted to wear a triangle folded napkin in a restaurant as a hat.

I don't love bacon as much as the Internet thinks I should.

I unapologetically use "literally" to mean "figuratively".
You should message me if
Someone who is not afraid to be silly occasionally is a must. It's easy to have fun on a tropical vacation, but if we can have a great time screwing around while going grocery shopping or running errands, that seems to be a really good sign of long-term compatibility.

After reading lots and lots of profiles, a couple of observations.

- You're probably not as hard to summarize as you think. Having a little of two qualities that are somewhat contradictory does not make you a "paradox". You are unique and special, just like everybody else. At least give it a try, otherwise I summarize you as not being able to write a decent summary.

- "What I'm doing with my life: living it." I am working with the assumption that you're not a corpse. That's a completely different website.

- What is the opposite of "down to earth" and why is it the worst thing in the world?

- Bragging about not owning a TV is like being proud of never having a drink because some people are alcoholics. I do not see this as a positive.

- Do people really notice other people's smiles as much as this site would indicate? I feel like if someone has said that that's the first thing they notice about you, you just haven't caught them staring yet. (same for "eyes", unless you're an albino)

- Are you really a "polymath" if you're not good at one thing in particular? Do you actually get physically turned on by intelligence because you're a "sapiosexual" or do you just (very reasonably) enjoy the company of people who aren't dunces?

- Apparently, not one person on OK Cupid takes themselves too seriously.

Computers can make mistakes from time to time*, so not having a super high match percentage isn't an automatic disqualification, but if we're a 50% match, it's probably a good idea to include words in your message that indicate that you've actually read (some of) my profile and reasons why we may yet get along despite not having a ton in common. On the other hand, 50% matches probably haven't read this far and will just send a message saying, "Hi, how was your weekend?" anyway.

Using the phrase "work hard, play hard" is an automatic disqualification.

Sorry for the rant**. If you've gotten this far (or if you cheated and skipped to the bottom) feel free send me a message. What's the worst that can happen? (spoiler: I will not reply)

*Not really, but with the human input factor, garbage in, garbage out... Shame on you for not answering a thousand questions.

Also: age range is more of a Gaussian than a box function

**Not even a little bit sorry.
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