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My self-summary
I hear OkCupid is great for meeting people, so I'm here to meet activity partners and new friends. My spouse, Open_Adventurer, is here too. I'm interested in many kinds of things and am up for seeing all that Waterloo-Kitchener and the surrounding region have to offer.
What I’m doing with my life
I came to Waterloo for an excellent opportunity to teach and do research. Hopefully, I'll be settling down there. My aspirations are to introduce people to systems thinking and to update processes for developing public policy. If the 21st Century should be considered the Information Age, it strikes me as strange that governing institutions still rest upon traditions developed in the 18th Century when information flowed MUCH more slowly.
I’m really good at
Listening. I also like to discuss big ideas around just about anything. I like hearing and sharing profound stories and thoughts through conversation, film, art, music, dance, etc.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm not sure, but maybe my big brown eyes, distinctive eye brows, and svelte shape. Another thing could be that I'm confident. I like to talk to people, and I say what's on my mind. I'm also a mixture of reserved and spontaneous. I tend to maintain an air of professionalism but have been caught breaking into dance or song when catchy music is played over the grocery- or department-store loudspeaker.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I find it hard to get excited about books, so I don't read them very often. I also prefer nonfiction to fiction (although I have thoroughly enjoyed Jonathan Kirsch's analysis of the Bible in The Harlot by the Side of the Road). Books I would like to read sooner rather than later: The Discovery of Heaven by Harry Mulisch and What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly.

Movies: I like movies that are gut wrenching or thought-provoking -- preferably both. A good movie haunts me for the rest of the day or longer. Some examples: The Lives of Others, Requiem for a Dream, Memento, Looper, The Matrix, The Prestige, and I Heart Huckabees. However, I also like entertaining eye candy, such as Batman (those directed by Tim Burton or Christopher Nolan), Speed Racer, The Watchmen, and Men in Black. Fiascos can be great movies too, such as Death to Smoochy and Burn After Reading.

Shows: If we're talking about TV, I have always loved Star Trek. What tends to get me hooked to a TV show are good writing and characters (aside: Although it's true that the original series of Star Trek did not consistently have the best writing, I have other reasons for liking it, which I could tell you about sometime). I thoroughly enjoyed Battlestar Galactica. I have enjoyed Sex and the City and still intend to finish the series. I fully expect to get hooked on Mad Men whenever I decide to start it. When it comes to live shows, I enjoy theater (whether classics like Shakespeare or something more modern), have enjoyed musicals (Avenue Q was great), dance performances, and am always up for something different (e.g. contemporary vaudeville a la the late Circus Contraption).

Music: I have a broad musical palette (classical, big band, swing, rap, pop, dance) and can appreciate most pieces with nice structure. I often enjoy live music but sometimes prefer recordings of music with vocals. When it comes to popular music, most often I listen to electronic music, especially downtempo (Bonobo, Royksopp), trip hop (Massive Attack, Thievery Corporation, Telepopmusik, Emiliana Torrini), and progressive house (deadmau5, Daft Punk).

Food: I'm vegetarian. I like to try foods and dishes that I have not had before, and I'm fascinated by molecular gastronomy.
Six things I could never do without
I have answered this question from the perspective of describing what needs to exist in my world - not that I necessarily need all of these things all of the time - and I could only think of five things.

Reflection ("The unexamined life is not worth living." -Socrates)
Intellectual companions
Gourmet food
Google Calendar (the curse of being busy)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How others perceive me. My (Tiger) Mother might have something to do with that.
On a typical Friday night I am
Staying in lately, but I hope that will change. Typical Fridays recently have consisted of evening walks, board games (e.g. Dominion, Arkham Horror), or watching Star Trek. I would like to do more dancing (clubbing, swing, salsa, or something new), cooking (vegetarian food), and karaoke. I could also stand to be more active. I enjoy hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and snow boarding. I used to run a lot and hope to get back into it.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Awe-inspiring things can move me to tears. I don't always know when it will strike. I have cried over excellent symphonic performances, avant garde films, and a paper published in Science.
You should message me if
- You're looking to make new friends
- You don't mind making plans well in advance
- You're not expecting a response right away
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