Curious_Optimism
44 Ottawa, Canada
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My self-summary
I am a perpetually curious, laid-back geek with a strong optimist streak. I'm open-minded and socially liberal, with a dash of fiscal conservatism thrown in for good measure.

I've spent a lot of time seeking to better understand myself. I love personality assessments like Myers-Briggs and Enneagram. I think I've got a pretty good handle on who I am and what is important to me. There are still some big unanswered questions, but I'll let you discover those on your own.

I'm comfortable with detail and the big picture. I naturally see multiple viewpoints in arguments, so I do well facilitating discussions or mediating conflict. As well, I have a people-pleasing streak to me. I highly value integrity, creativity and teamwork. This should provide a pretty good picture of how I relate to others.

But, stepping away back toward things that are a little more tangible...

I work with computers and enjoy my job. I am lucky to work (and to have worked) with many great people with whom I share many values.

I live in Centretown and love it. I enjoy my casual strolls home from work, where I watch dogs, squirrels and birds. I grew up in rural Saskatchewan, but I've spent the last 20 years in Ottawa, Moscow and Kitchener/Waterloo. I keep returning to Ottawa: It is a good, livable, manageable and balanced city.

Things that are important to me:
Curiosity
Animals (and their earnest curiosity)
Photography
Board Games
Being playful (with either like-minded adults or children)
Improv
Ultimate Frisbee
Ideas and profound quotes
The ellipsis...
Civil Rights
Civil Liberties

Things I hate:
Intolerance (oh, the irony)
Celery (the only truly vile vegetable)
Cigarette Smoke
Lying
Arrogance

Quirks:
I don't drink hot beverages. (I will still go for "coffee" with you. And yes, soup is fine.)
I don't like beer. (But gruit is good.)
My bed seldom needs to be made, because it doesn't get unmade.
What I’m doing with my life
Being happy. I work hard, but I enjoy it. I enjoy the little things in the world around me.

If you were looking for some grandiose plan, I don't have one. Instead, I seek to make the lives of people around me just a little better every day.

I like simplicity. I want less stuff, not more.
I’m really good at
Putting others at ease.
Keeping an open mind.
Seeking to understand.
Seeing both sides.
The first things people usually notice about me
Gack. Meet me and let me know...

Not the first thing, but I like to think people see my tolerance and genuine curiosity. I am easy going and (when I'm comfortable) very playful and silly.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Favourite Books (Fiction):
Marooned in Realtime by Vernor Vinge. I like to think about the future and the possibilities that are before us collectively as a race if we can ever learn to get along and not screw up the planet. In that sense, virtually any good Hard SciFi book can be fertile soil for ideas.

Favourite Books (Non-Fiction):
The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton Christensen is a business book that tries to explain how the seeds of a company's destruction can be sown in the very things that have made it successful.
Hackers and Painters by Paul Graham is a series of blogs posts, some of which focuses on the connections between Art and the creative process behind programming.
Mining the Sky by John S. Lewis is a scientific exploration of what awaits us if we actually got off the planet in any significantly meaningful way.

Movies:
I like many kinds of movies, but underdog movies, Action/Thrillers and Comedies are staples.

Shows:
I like television shows that have a lot of continuity and long story arcs. Sherlock, House of Cards, The Wire, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5 and Game of Thrones.
For humour, I prefer absurdist humour: Archer, Whose Line is it Anyway and Scrubs.
Then there is the pure geek side of me: Junkyard Wars / Scrapheap Challenge and Mythbusters.

Music:
My musical tastes are quite varied, so I can enjoy most music. My favourites are Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Post Rock, Ska, and Soul.

Food: I like variety. I tend to cook staples, but I love to try new kinds of food and cuisine. Surprise me!
The six things I could never do without
Curiousity
Colour
Fresh ideas
Internet
Touch
Integrity
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The future. What could be. Ideas. BIG ideas.
On a typical Friday night I am
Relaxing. That may mean I'm at home. It may mean I'm at a pub with friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
After the failure of my marriage I spent a lot of time seeking to better understand myself. It took a long time before I felt I was ready to date again.
You should message me if
You are playful. You are curious and open-minded. You enjoy board games and thoughtful conversation.
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