35Alexandria, United States
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My self-summary
I'm the kind of guy who astounds people with a vault of random knowledge. I like to cultivate a wide range of (often geeky) hobbies, but still pursue them vigorously. I'm an engineer and a scientist at heart but also have an eye for the arts. I'm happiest when I'm learning new things.

Despite my diverse interests, I'm known for usually being quiet and reserved. I prefer small gatherings of close friends over loud, packed nightclubs.

I've been told I have a dry, clever sense of humor, but I appreciate goofy absurdities too. I've also been told I'm a good listener. I don't have any pets right now, but grew up with all kinds of animals (cats, dogs, fish, lizards, hermit crabs).
What I’m doing with my life
I write training simulation software for the government. It's a little bit like making video games for Uncle Sam. I love it.

I've also been focusing on getting in shape. I started jogging and actually kind of enjoy it. There's a lot of great trails near my house.
I’m really good at
Besides working with my computers, I'm an excellent cook.

I love mastering new recipes to share with people, from down-home country comfort food to exotic South-East Asian delicacies.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I'm quiet and thoughtful. Also my really dark eyebrows.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I read a lot of science fiction, but I like to mix in plenty of other genres. Top current authors: Larry Niven, Stephen King, Patrick Rothfuss, Jim Butcher, John Scalzi, Kevin J. Anderson, and John Varley.

Current favorite TV shows: Mythbusters, The Daily Show, Colbert Report, Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Dexter, HIMYM, BBT, and Lilyhammer.
Past favorites: Farscape, Firefly, Star Trek (all of them), Stargate (all of them), Battlestar Galactica, House, Chuck, Lost (except the ending), and Seinfeld.

My music tastes tend to shift, but lately I trend towards power metal. In the past I've chilled out to techno/trance, jazz, and even classical music.

I'm an adventurous eater and love trying new things, especially exotic Asian food. Chinese pot-sticker dumplings are my absolute favorite things to eat/make. However, I still love a good plate of pasta or some down-home country cookin'.
Six things I could never do without
I've decided that this is a silly section, so here's "Six things I like but probably wouldn't perish for lack of (in no particular order):"

1) Scandinavian heavy metal
2) Thunderstorms
3) Onions
4) My pocket knife
5) Wall tapestries
6) Polypropylene
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My own future. I tend to get lost in my head planning out parts of my own life. However, I find things rarely work out the way I imagine, and I'm at my best when I abandon preconceptions and just go with the flow.

Also sometimes I like to think of what I would do in case of a zombie attack.
On a typical Friday night I am
Friday isn't really my preferred night, but Saturday...

Going to hang out with friends, possibly eat out, BBQ, visit a bar, or catch a movie. Sometimes we even have "game night" and break out random board games or party games.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Despite the horrible science, I actually really like the movie "Armageddon".
You should message me if
...you're not turned off by someone who might be more than a bit of a gamer/nerd. I'm not going to waste my time hiding it from someone who won't accept me for it.

...you're also on a fitness quest. Solidarity is good for motivation.

...maybe you'd like to taste my cooking sometime?
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