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My self-summary
I'm a high school math teacher (this is a recent change, and a recent move to Chicago) looking to carve out my little piece of the city.

I enjoy videogames and tabletop games. I'm more than one brand of nerd however. I've always been a fan of theatre - I once fancied myself an actor and performed in a handful of shows, but nowadays I satisfy myself as a spectator. Really I find any live performance is rather enjoyable - bands, stand-up comedy, plays, musicals, etc.

I enjoy seeing new places. I'll love going somewhere new whether it's a city or just a shop in town to which I've never been. Shortly after I graduated high school a friend and I took a spontaneous weekend trip to Toronto just because we could (from central Illinois; for those of you who don't own an atlas, suffice it to say it was a bit of a trek for a weekend trip). I'm now suffering from some serious wanderlust again and would love any excuse to take another such random trip. Maybe see Mexico for the first time, or maybe just another state I've not been to - perhaps Cali or Alaska.

The activity I most enjoy is learning. I have my bachelor of arts degree in math (I know, kinda odd) and since graduation I take classes when I can. I have a wide breadth of study outside of math with a bit of computer science, biology, botany, philosophy, Japanese, and even some teaching. I want to learn everything. Right now I'm working on my Masters in teaching secondary ed.

Anything else you want to know, feel free to ask.
What I’m doing with my life
Taking grad school classes and working in a high school math class as a teaching resident. Also lately I've been working on losing weight, rather successfully if I do say so myself - 140lbs down from my peak weight and dropping. Now if I could only get myself to work out more.
I’m really good at
Cooking. Gods, I love to cook - Mexican, Indian, Chinese, traditional American, I'll try to make anything. Lately my diet has been challenging me to make new foods that are on my plan, I've been having a lot of fun with it.

I've also been told that I'm a good source for intelligent conversation.

Also, math, which some people seem to think is a form of dark wizardry.
The first things people usually notice about me
I tend to be rather quiet and polite upon first meeting, sometimes seeming a bit standoffish. When I do speak, it is likely to be something sarcastic.

Also I have long hair for a guy, that tends to stand out as well.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I don't read as much as I'd like to. Recently I finally read Storm Front by Jim Butcher. My favourites include The Pleasure of Finding Things Out by Richard Feynman, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, various stories by Lovecraft, and I'll pick up the occasional comic book or manga if it looks interesting.

I don't really watch a whole lot of TV; Firefly and Scrubs are probably at the top of my list. Archer, Boondocks, and Futurama are also pretty high ranking. Otherwise I'll watch the odd show here and there on Netflix or borrow a show from friends.

I'll listen to nearly any music (though the overplayed pop songs do get old).

My taste in movies is pretty eclectic: Clerks, Full Metal Jacket, Crash, Blues Brothers, House of 1000 Corpses, Star Wars, Mulan, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels... Yeah, I am a little all over the place.

Food: anything with a little spice. Indian is probably my current favorite, but Thai and Mexican come in as close seconds.
Six things I could never do without
This is difficult. I tend to overthink questions like this...
"Well, technically life requires only a few things" ... "Realistically I could live without this if I HAD to..."
Lets see if I can try not to take the question too seriously:

1. My friends (perusing other profiles, I see this is common and requires no explanation)

2. The internet (it connects the world in great and terrible ways)

3. Sarcasm (I might actually die if I couldn't vent off snide remarks every now and again)

4. Good food (I subsisted on the lower class american diet of boxed crap and mcburgers for too long. If I ever find myself in a place where I have to eat ramen for a month straight again, I may opt to allow myself to starve)

5. Fun (Not the band. I don't mind them, but I'd live without "We Are Young". I just mean fun things - games, parties, random adventures to a City. All work and no play makes Nate a dull boy)

6. Air, water, shelter, warmth - all that stuff at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs (Yeah, kinda lame, but technically correct... the best kind of correct)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Who was that guy in that movie with the one dude?
Did I leave the oven on?
What would it take to prove a number is transcendental? Is a general test for transcendental numbers even possible?
Was 455 sst martensitic or austenitic? (precipitation hardened martensitic, if you were curious)
Infinity - it becomes more weird the more you think about it.
If I take a 2 week vacation to Japan around next Easter will I catch any of the cherry blossom festivals?

I tend to be pretty well occupied with really random thoughts and considerations while at work and home.
On a typical Friday night I am
This used to say "Hanging out and relaxing with friends, playing some table top games, or plotting my weekend. Sometimes I am also known to sit down with a videogame to relax and celebrate the end of the week when I'm flying solo on a Friday" (technically it still says that, it's just surrounded by quotes now), but now the reality is that I'm doing homework. Same thing I do every night pinky - seriously though, grad school is a lot of work, who knew?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I stole the cookie from the cookie jar
You should message me if
You're cool with nerds.
You are bothered by people who post a profile in all capital letters or misspell every word on the page.
You feel like chatting.
You watch vi hart videos.
You would be interested in discussing infinity in either a mathematical or philosophical sense (bonus points for both)
Bonus points if you know who Din, Nayru, and Farore are.
The two of us