I was born and raised in Brooklyn and Queens. Italian American by heritage,which my father was such a staunch defender of. I'm pensive,sarcastic,compassionate and my brain is always working-which makes sleeping a pain sometimes. Oh, and my friends think I'm nuts because I love height on a woman.I think a man who's freaked out by a woman who's tall enough to look down at him isn't much of a man.Especially since that woman is usually the most gorgeous in the room at any given time.
I'm doin' time on planet Earth-any fellow inmates wish to make the time more bearable,let me know.I spend my life trying to make it more bearable. Partly by laughing at the sideshow and partly by fighting it when I can.
I'm incredibly loyal,communicative,pensive,argumentative and passionate.And HONEST above all things-TO A FAULT,SOMETIMES. That makes me very difficult for a lot of people to deal with. But if you're willing to take the good with the bad,I'm told I can be an incredible friend. I try really hard when I care about someone-maybe TOO hard.
I welcome all of you who walk to your own drum and refuse to be either a wolf or a sheep. Live by your heart and mind,not the law of gravity. Have a personal ethical agenda to try-even if you fail,which you probably will-to Make Things Better,whatever that means in this context.As Kevin Smith so brilliantly said in "Dogma"-probably the best film ever made about religion-don't have a belief,have an IDEA.
I CAN be too serious sometimes. And I do have a temper because of my passion.(Not a violent one-although I HAVE been known to attack the occasional inanimate object.) But when I care about someone,I'm always there for them.
I guess you can say I like rehabilitating the scarred hearts of angels. I'm pretty good at it,too.
So maybe together-we can be more then the sum of our parts.I hope I can find a princess who will be willing to kiss this frog.
I've been stuck in limbo as a second year graduate student in pure mathematics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York for several years following my father's death.After premed, chemistry,physical chemistry and biochemistry,I was seduced into pure mathematics and never looked back. Mathematicians are sorcerers. But instead of tea leaves,toadstools,phoenix feathers,polyjuice potions and eye of newt, we conjure with Lebesgue measures,noncommutative rings, differentible manifolds, Fourier transforms, deformation algebras and power series.We read the Book of Nature and if we ask it questions correctly, it shares the most awesome of secrets with us.
Don't call me a nerd. I'm a geek. Nerds by definition are antisocial,misanthropic personalities who are scared to death of girls for life and dream of the rest of humankind becoming extinct and inheriting the Earth with other geeks who will eternally play and create role playing games. Geeks are normal in every obvious way-they talk about the Mets and how bad their pitching is, how crappy their apartments is and how they wish they could afford that awesome new Cadillac-until you make the mistake of telling them you hate math. Then they start talking your ear off about noncommutative ring theory and get giddy about their research,trying in a misguided way to convert you to their private religion.
After my father passed and the economy blew up, I took an indefinite leave of absence to keep my mother alive as long as I can.
Whether or not the middle class survives the Trump presidency, I hope to return to my studies next year. If I don't, I could very well die in prison for being a liberal with an incomplete career. Hoping not and planning to fight for it. Once I complete my master's degree,I plan to work for a year at least as a private tutor or adjunct lecturer and dedicate myself to building a small publishing company online that specializes in inexpensive editions of advanced mathematics textbooks.
I keep tripping over my life-this will be my last chance. Hopefully, I'll make some much needed cash,do some research and hopefully be published and come with a plan for someone in poor health to attack a PhD program intelligently. I was hoping to begin my first research on additive number theory based on the work of our resident number theory guru,Melvyn Nathanson. and attend the advanced topology course of Dennis Sullivan and hoping I can make my mark there. But Dr. Nathanson has stopped emailing me invitations to his seminar. I may have to drop by his office as physical evidence I haven't died and I'm still interested in working with him-if he's willing.
I doubt Dr. Sullivan even remembers my name. Oh well,I'll have to remind him.................
I also have a blog (doesn't everyone these days?)where I foam at the mouth at the universe whenever I find the time.I hope to begin keeping a running journal in it when I begin preparing for my master's exams.
I've also built a major website collecting all the major free sources available online for mathematics students-one that's due for a major update soon,one I hope will bring it to the attention of the Web.
Television?Yeah,believe it or not,I do watch some. Not much,but some. Since "Battlestar Galactica" ended on Sci-Fi, I haven't really had a "MUST WATCH."
I still miss FARSCAPE. I hope people rediscover it's riches someday. And despite it's steady and inexorable decline in quality over it's run, THE SOPRANOS remains one of the greatest dramas ever.
This past year, I DID discover an incredible "must-watch" show on HBO-so naturally,when it ended, it's disappearing for a year now. It's,of course,the stunning WESTWORLD. If you haven't seen it,it has to be your must-binge-watch show as soon as possible.
DR.WHO has slowly grown on me-the series' cosmic hutzpah and fearlessness to go places no other series would dare,with both creativity and daring,HAS to grow on you. And let's face it-there's something about a godlike immortal who's dedicated his life and infinite resources to helping people all over creation-regardless of cost-that you just have to root for. And Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor has been a revelation.
Oh,I'm sorry-I have had one "Must Watch" constant over the years. "Real Time With Bill Maher" on HBO-the source for all comic commentary for the thinking man since the passing of the great George Carlin. I can't believe he's been gone for almost 10 years. I fear no one will ever make me laugh like that again. Maher's the closest we got right now.
I used to watch MSNBC religously until they turned on progressives,acted as a very well paid hit squad for the Clintons against the salvation of our nation,Bernie Sanders and created Donald Trump for no other reason but to line their own pockets.Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes are very well paid,housebroken hacks. I hope most of them are arrested and/or assassinated by the new administration-and I hope before they die,they realize they're getting exactly what's coming to them for creating and feeding our country to this monster. It's hilarious how they act all innocent,like they never even heard of Trump and are outraged by him. THE YOUNG TURKS, Sam Seder, SECULAR TALK and the rest of the internet army of liberal independents is where my loyalty lies now-and will probably until they get arrested. In particular, when MSM makes you vomit, tune in to Cenk Uyger and TYT for refreshing honesty and accuracy.
Oh and VICE NEWS, of course. Gotta have my VICE in the absence of unbiased real news on corporate media.
Other interests:movies,science fiction,and comic books. YES,superhero comic books,I still love them after all these years. My dad brought me home a HULK comic book when I was 6 years old and I never looked back. I once had a sizeable collection(8 boxes). They were sacrificed like so much else in the wake of my father's death 10 years ago. But I still read them online and keep up with my favorites. I miss old time Vertigo,like Alan Moore's SWAMP THING and Niel Gaimain's SANDMAN.The recent deluge of live-action and animated superhero movies and series has left me with mixed feelings. Sometimes the filmmakers/animators "get it"-like with THE DARK KNIGHT,the first IRON MAN film,Cartoon Network's JUSTICE LEAGUE series back in the day and THE INCREDIBLE HULK, and of course, Joss Whedon's Magum Opus THE AVENGERS-and sometimes they make crap like the Fantastic Four movies-which I'm trying to forget. And of course,SMALLVILLE,which started with a terrific concept,was on way too long and finally and mercifully ended. (Then again,if it had ended earlier,we wouldn't have seen live-action versions of The Legion of Superheroes or Doomsday-both of which had an incredible factor of coolness..........)
Books?Oh,can't even start-WAY too many to mention. I WILL say though I probably would have gotten into an Ivy League school instead of Queens College of CUNY if I hadn't discovered J.R.R. Tolkien my junior year in high school. I also probably should mention as general favorites Ursula Le Guin, Robert Silverberg,Greg Bear, David Brin and Alice Sheldon a.k.a James Tiptree Jr.-who met such a tragic end imposed on her by society's complete lack of courage with dealing with the terminally ill. Look it up-it'll break your heart and make you think............
On a lighter note-I'm a huge fan of animation,both the classic kind such as Warner Brothers Looney Tunes cartoons(Bugs,Daffy and the whole zoo),Tex Avery's matchlessly hilarious cartoons, Disney classics(Bambi,The Jungle Book) as well as the recent renissance of animation that's brought us so many awesome moments,from which I'll just name a few of the best: the aforementioned "Shrek","The Lion King","Tarzan",the absolutely hilarious "The Emperor's New Groove"(the original movie,not the incredibly lame kiddie tv show), "Hercules", "The Adventures of Sinbad","Kung Fu Panda"-again,too many to name. Animation is a joy forever,one I'm glad to share with any girl with a hot cup of tea on a cold, rainy night.
But I'm not above partying all night in Brooklyn or the Village if she's that type of girl. Far be it from me to stand in the way of her enjoying her life-quite the contrary,I want to help her with that. : )
Baked Nacho Cheese Doritos (well,once a month).
The Young Turks on the internet( 2 hours of sanity in an insane world) .
My sight. (The most important for last.)
Keith Olbermann leading THE RESISTANCE at his podcast-kicking ass and takin' names! Welcome back,Keith!
My family,including my 2 wonderful nieces.
My treadmill for the exercise component of my self-torture I call a diet.
I also spend a lot of time lately thinking about how the hell we got into the trainwreck that was the 2016 Election. I was a Bernie Sanders activist and supporter. So basically I'm fighting bouts of suicidal thoughts now.............
I always fight the sadistic,racist,plutocratic monsters on the Right. It's just who I am and have been.
But I don't know this time if my battle will land me in Guantanamo Bay being flayed alive.
Seriously-I wish I was kidding about that.
And fleeing the country to Canada isn't an option right now.I have a sick elderly mother who needs me and refuses to leave.
I'm keeping my head down until we see how this unfolds.But at some point,I'm not going to be able to stay silent anymore. I just won't be able to. And it won't matter because we'll be better off dead then in the Pit the Conservative plutocracy is about to create in this country.
We all need to look out for each other more then ever now.A war for the future is about to begin.
I hope whoever that princess is-she's strong and brave enough to fight for the future with me.
-You're a guy. (DUH.)
-You're racist,homophobic or ultra-conservative politically.That shouldn't be too hard-the three usually can be found in the same individuals. ESPECIALLY if you define a terrorist as a Muslim or Middle Eastern.
-You ascribe to some form of the following statement: "Right and wrong is in the eye of the beholder." My advice to anyone dating someone like that reading this:DON'T SIGN ANYTHING THEY GIVE YOU.
-If your response to a personal question is "None of your buisness." or any of it's equivalents.
You SHOULD message me if:
-You're at least 5'7. Over 5'10' and you don't mind guys somewhat shorter then you is REALLY impressive.(Disclaimer:This is a preference,not a deal breaker.Short girls apply,by all means.)
-You're a woman with a recently broken heart looking for someone to help it heal.
-You're a woman tired of being lied to and you're fed up enough to have a completely honest guy,no matter what.
-You're a smart woman who's looking for an intellectual kindred spirit.
-You're ALL OF THE ABOVE!!!
And one last favor:If you're not interested and I message you,please message me back and tell me so.It is SO rude to just be ignored.
Addendum: I should say in my defense that most of the pictures here as I write this at the end of 2016, are hopelessly outdated. I've been suffering for months trying to lose significant weight. I fear for my health if I fail this time. It's slowly but surely begun to bear fruit-I look quite a bit more slender then in those pics. I hope to update them soon! In the meantime,hopefully you won't be shallow enough that they deter you from reaching out-but if they do,well,that's a good thing for me,isn't it?