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. Dancing makes me envy paraplegics. 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.
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).
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
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).
I would like to go to more science lectures. It would be ideal if alcohol is served at such an event.
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".
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.