38Palo Alto, United States
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My self-summary
Into running, writing, reading, nice food (or just a decent burger), scotch, etc.

I like serious books and silly films and going to the odd gig (and yeah, some of them have been pretty odd).

Nice to meet you.
What I’m doing with my life
Writing novels and short stories and thinking up ideas for movie screenplays. Financing that by writing snotty things about Verizon and AT&T for a living.

Learning languages. Reviewing the languages I already know but don't speak often. Practicing them in the countries where they're spoken.

Recently determined that scotch (14 year old Oban) goes pretty well with Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia ice cream. Who knew?
I’m really good at
Traveling to and living in different countries. I'd like to live in a few other places, like maybe Australia or Japan. I try to visit someplace new every year, and for 2016 I got down to Buenos Aires for a week.

Languages. I'd like to add a few more to this list, too. I once spent a few weeks trying to learn Finnish from a book, but gave up when it was pointed out to me that the Finns all speak English. Duolingo and Mango are among the most-used apps on my phone.
The first things people usually notice about me
It's been suggested that I sound British, which always makes my British friends laugh in derision.

That or my eyes.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Can't stop reading. Lots of fiction, like Lord of the Rings, Dune or 2001, mid-century American fiction; travel books, mainly Bill Bryson and Paul Theroux; history

Movies: Star Wars; High Fidelity; Austin Powers; Rushmore (any early Wes Anderson); The Dark Knight; Office Space; Orange County; the Big Lebowski. I also always have time for stuff like Back to the Future or Alien/Aliens. More recently, Interstellar

TV: the Simpsons, the Wire, the West Wing, Arrested Development, Community, Silicon Valley, Blackadder, Fringe, Firefly, ST:TNG, Deutschland '83. Not sure if I loved Mr Robot, necessarily, but it was mesmerizing (and had an amazing soundtrack).

Music: I like good music regardless of genre, but favorites are mainly in the alternative/indie rock sphere: the Smiths, Britpop, Scott Walker, Magnetic Fields, 80s New Wave, etc. Also have a healthy appreciation for the likes of Johnny Cash, Jean Sibelius and Miles Davis. If you're friends with P, then you're friends with me.

Food: sushi; buffalo wings; NY-style pizza; In'N'Out; carne asada soft tacos; curries (Indian, Thai, Malay, you name it); Chinese teas of all kinds
Six things I could never do without
My bed. My computer. My passport(s). Iced tea. Books. Getting to try new stuff, see new places, meeting new people.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Three-act plot structure. Transition from Act 1 to Act 2, or Act 2 to Act 3 (that's the one I really have trouble with).

Whether or not I can tetris the books I just got into the rapidly diminishing space on my bookshelves. Or if I should stop buying books and just go to the library instead?
On a typical Friday night I am
If I'm training for a run, it's likely to be carb-loading, or justifying a single beer with coworkers (that has carbs in it, right?)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My sense of direction is charmingly awful - I used to get lost on the New York subway.

EDIT: Just got back from New York in April, and confirmed this is still accurate.
You should message me if
You think this is awesome:

You don't have Ayn Rand in your profile.

You want to share a pithy observation, on any subject.

Or, possibly, you've realized that what's missing from your life is someone who can find a Simpsons quote for any occasion.
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