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My self-summary
I’m someone who finds open-ended self-evaluation difficult, and brevity often impossible. Consequently I’ve procrastinated on revising this old profile primarily because of this question. It’s sort of terrible, isn’t it? Personally I find it’s much easier for me to work with the more specific multiple-choice questions elsewhere on the site. Of course I’ve had to write explanatory paragraphs for most of my answers, but at least they give you a topic to work with.

The time for procrastination is over, though. I’ve decided to reapply myself to meeting random people on the internet after a bit of a hiatus. I like this site in particular because of it's pseudo-scientific approach, with all the charts and graphs and bell-curves and whatnot. I'm a fan of the science of statistics myself, but since I'm fairly certain there's nothing rational or predictable about dating, I have my doubts about how well the approach will work. I also appreciate that this site identifies enemies. (Someone has been thwarting my schemes recently, and he or she must be stopped).

In conclusion, you should totally think about dating me.

(Ok, that’s one question answered. Not so bad. I need a break now. More revisions to come. Watch this space!)
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a neuroscientist. I scan people's brains with gigantic magnets and similar.

Other than that I've mostly been shouting about politics (preferably while drinking), playing too many video games, singing loudly at inappropriate times, and hanging out in formerly smoky jazz clubs.

Currently my focus is exploring my neighborhood.
I’m really good at
Trivial Pursuit. Hormonal analysis by optical immunoassay. Mariokart 64.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
(A) Recently: Walter Kirn, Phillip Roth, Pynchon (well, just the crying of lot 49). Just finished Sarah Vowell's presidential assasination tourism memoir - that was fairly awesome. Before that it was John Hodgman's atlas of untrue facts, from which I learned a lot, mostly about molemen. Reading The Fortress of Solitude right now, which is very good, despite the fact that it turns out it isn't actually about superman.

That said, I do read a lot of comic books. Might as well just admit that up front. And not just the respectable literary ones that get reviewed in the NY times and show up on the occasional 'best books' list to demonstrate how open-minded the writer is (although I read those too). Mostly, I mean the elaborate soap operas for men with dudes in spandex beating each other up.

(B)Anything by the Coen Brothers, especially The Big Lebowski and Miller's Crossing. Lots of other movies too, but I think those are the most telling.

(C)My primary music interest is jazz, and that's what I'm most likely to actually go out and see. Favorites include Mingus, Dolphy and Coltrane. But I listen to a lot of other things. Recently I haven't been able to stop with the Danger Mouse/MF Doom album, and I've also been listening to a lot of Curtis Mayfield. A quick search of itunes reveals I have more tracks by Elvis Costello and They Might Be Giants than any other artist.

And now a genre-hopping list of incongrous-seeming bands that I enjoy, to demonstrate that I am a complex and fascinating person: Ed's Redeeming Qualities, The Clash, Cab Calloway, Ghostface particularly, Wu-Tang generally, Cake, Laura Cantrell, Journey (just kidding...I think...), Talib Kweli, Talking Heads, In-Flight Movie, anything involving Ella Fitzgerald, Flogging Molly, Alison Krauss, Mephiskapheles, The Impressions, Gogol Bordello... I'll finish this later.
Six things I could never do without
I'm not really sure how to approach this one. I mean, I could go literal and say something like 'Glucose, water, oxygen...', but that would be a little too cute, wouldn't it? Thing is, if you don't approach it literally, and it's just a list of things that are important, rather than absolutely necessary, it's going to be more than six, no?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Politics, old jokes, New Jersey, human memory, dinner.
On a typical Friday night I am
More bored than I ought to be.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
That most of my secrets aren't very interesting?

Dr. Zoidberg is my spirit animal.
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