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My self-summary
People call me Alden, usually. Sometimes they call me Almond or Austin. I'm almost a third of a century old. I'm a student working toward being and Electrical Engineer, with the long term goal of working on the alternative energy infrastructure. I want to be the guy who puts solar panels on your house, and builds a windmill in your yard. I’m an open-minded, progressive liberal. I am a passionate supporter of human rights and am quite activist in social issues. I'm pretty solid type-B. I'm not likely to judge you, and I bet we could be friends, if you're not racist or chauvinistic. I love conversation, and can't think of many things that aren't more fun with a few people I like. I'm not uptight, and I love adventures. All in all, I'm a pretty fun guy to be around.
I only get one shot at living, and I'll be dead in a seven or eight decades, if I’m really lucky, so I want to enjoy my time on Earth. I'm 29 years old. I have lived a lot for my age and I’ve been through a few major ordeals and crises, and come out alright. As a result I feel that it is good to regard the importance journeys in life as much as the importance of our destinations. Everyone's ultimate destination is death, so we must make life worthwhile. Don't be afraid to take a risk for the chance to be happy.
I pride myself on a level of emotional maturity uncommon for a person my age. I’m resistant to drama, and often am the one you can count on to mediate confrontational situations. I am very slow to anger, and almost always respond to even very stressful situations with control and a level head. I'm not punctual. I'm kind of a nerd. Sometimes, when you talk to me, I won't give you any indication I'm listening to you, though I am; this is not an intentional habit. I am sometimes gullible and naive. I talk about politics. I can be flaky and indecisive. I hate doing laundry. Sometimes, I don't know when to stop talking. I'm a terrible singer.
I'm pretty smart. I make friends very easily. People generally like me. I can write pretty well. I'm physically fit, and healthy, I take excellent care of my body and work hard to eat right. I've read many books. I've been to New Zealand. I've lived in a camper. I've lived in a van. I know what it is to go without. I grew up sharing my home with foster kids. I've known since I was very young how evil this world can be, and I'm a pretty good person, NOT IN SPITE of, but because of this. I'm not conceited, but I know I'm a good person, and I know (and I'm comfortable with) who I am. I know what is important to me, I believe humanity has a chance, and I'm really glad to be alive.
Reading and listening to music is my sedentary escapism of choice. Music is very important to me, and affects my lifestyle (my stereo costs more than my car). I play guitar, or more properly, I am learning to play guitar. I'm getting better quickly, and really enjoy it. I also love being out of doors. I hike, jog, run, bike, swim, rock-climb, garden, climb trees, dig in the dirt, and lie on my back in the grass on clear nights.
What I’m doing with my life
I am pursuing a degree in electrical engineering. I'm learning to play guitar, and working hard on finding my ideal lifestyle, in regard to health and wellness. I consider myself a pescatarian, though most of my diet is vegetable. I currently work for a landscaping company, and spend as much time outdoors as I can, and I'm determined to make the most of the warm weather.
I’m really good at
Procrastinating. Reading. Writing. Evaluating and judging audio equipment or stereos. Climbing (rocks, ropes, mountains, trees, ranks). Making friends. Running. Talking to people. Laughing. Telling jokes. Push-ups. Finding creative solutions. Being generally abstract. Sex (ahem). Acting [betraying my] goofy [nature]. Making friends feel better. Fixing computers. Handyman type stuff. Growing plants. Working with dogs. Making babies laugh. Mountain biking. Cooking delicious, healthy, simple meals. Swimming. Arnold Schwarzenegger impressions. Karate. Snapping with all my fingers. Picking good beer. Chess. Strategy. Beating the system, and seeing through the bullshit. Making people see how fucked up our country is, and how we can fix it. Plotting my escape to New Zealand.
The first things people usually notice about me
Probably the way I talk. Apparently, having a well rounded vocabulary is unusual. I just like to be concise, which sometimes requires uncommon words. Also, probably my crazy hair, which never lays down, or grows in the same direction.

Added by AboDabo: There's something about Muds that's really intense and can sometimes be kind if intimidating. A few of my friends have told me this. I think it's in his dark eyes and his gaze.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Too many books to list. I'll say my favorite, and a few highlights. Shogun by James Clavell (<---favorite). The Asia Saga by the same. Chuck Palahniuk (In order, from favorite to least: (Choke, Fight Club, Rant, Lullaby, Invisible Monsters, Stranger Than Fiction, Haunted, Diary). Hunter S. Thompson. HP Lovecraft. Brian Lumley. Orson Scott Card. Orwell. Sherman Alexie. Edward Rutherford. Philip K. Dick. Frank Herbert. Friedrich Nietzsche. Steinbeck. Richard Bachman (but not who he really is). Joe Hill (who tried to hide who he is). Piers Anthony (when I was younger). Asimov. Tolkien (as a philologist). Dan Brown (showed me I was right to worship women). Christopher Moore. John Kennedy Toole. So many, many more.

Movies: The Godfather. Falling Down. . Lord of War. The Shawshank Redemption. Pulp Fiction. Schindler’s List. Star Wars Episodes IV, V, and VI. Almost Famous. Lord of the Rings. Dr. Strangelove. Psycho. The Silence of the Lambs. Fight Club. The Matrix Trilogy. American Beauty. Rain Man. Apocalypse Now. The Departed. The Fly. Seven (Se7en). American History X. El Laberinto del Fauno. Beavis and Butthead Do America. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. A Clockwork Orange. NL’s Animal House. Alien. Reservoir Dogs. Saving Private Ryan. Monsters, Inc. Hotel Rwanda. Good Morning, Viet Nam. Forrest Gump. The Great Escape. Army Of Darkness. Run Lola Run. Big Trouble In Little China. Little Shop Of Horrors. The Butterfly Effect. The Sound of Music (one of only a few musicals I can stand) Of Mice And Men. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Good Will Hunting. Twelve Monkeys. The Prestige. Raising Arizona. Jaws. Full Metal Jacket (my word’s poontang). Walk The Line. Night of the Living Dead. The Goonies. Batman Begins. Dune. Braveheart. As Good As It Gets. The Fifth Element. Blade Runner. The Shootist (I dunno why. I just liked it). Blow. Traffic. Fargo. Office Space. What Dreams May Come. Rushmore. E.T. Donnie Darko. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Caveman’s Valentine. Bubble Boy. Jurassic Park. Willow. Millions. Cool Hand Luke. Stranger Than Fiction. Back To The Future Trilogy. Clerks, Clerks 2. Sin City. Indiana Jones series. Dumb and Dumber. The Sixth Sense. Signs. Lady In The Water. I sorta liked The Village. Hackers. SLC Punk! Ray. Mad Max movies. Gangs Of New York. The Green Mile. 25th Hour. Stripes. Fletch. Kung Fu Hustle. A Fish Called Wanda. Children of Men (this is probably the best movie of this decade). V For Vendetta. Sphere. Thank You For Smoking. Edward Scissorhands. Devil’s Advocate. Monty Python movies. True Lies. Gladiator. Mulholland Drive. When Harry Met Sally. The Deer Hunter. Being John Malkovich. Enter The Dragon. Say Anything. Empire Of The Sun. Spiderman Crash. Platoon. Die Hard 1 and With A Vengeance. Jarhead. Everyone needs a little mindless violence now and again. Total Recall (one of only a few Schwarzenegger movies I like). The Princess Bride. Mary Poppins. Hot Fuzz. Shaun of the Dead. Grosse Point Blank (even John Cusack is cool as a hitman). Corpse Bride. Kill Bill movies. The Boondock Saints. Little Miss Sunshine. The Fisher King. Heat. The Big Lebowski (Dude). Groundhog Day. Face/Off. Snatch. Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. Labyrinth. 2001: A Space Odyssey. The Pursuit Of Happyness. Jerry McGuire. The Exorcist. Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Carrie. The Matador. Casino Royale. Several other Bond films. Big Fish. Moulin Rouge. Young Frankenstein. The Lion King. Shrek. Aladdin. Amelie. Apollo 13. Barfly. Beetlejuice. Beverly Hills Cop. Boyz In The Hood. The Bridge On The River Kwai. The Cider House Rules. The Count Of Monte Cristo. Dirty Harry.

Music: Anything, except most country and Polka. The White Stripes. Raconteurs. Gorillaz. Pink Floyd. Zepplin. Pixies. Oasis. Incubus. Presidents of the USA. Bad Religion. Rage. Sublime. Jamie Cullum. Custom. Clutch. Stevie Ray Vaughn. Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Eric Clapton. Hendrix. Joe Cocker. The (mother fucking) Beatles. Damien Rice. Johnny Cash. The Stones. Otis Redding. Modest Mouse. Gershwin. OutKast. Death Cab. Postal Service. Smashing Pumpkins. Stone Temple Pilots. Iggy Pop. Air. Dave Matthews. Beck. OK Go. Counting Crows. Toadies. Many more.

Food: Vegetarian. Healthy, non-fried, as little HFCS as is possible, unprocessed (as much as possible), tasty stuff. I like PB&Js on wheat bread, though. I have a powerful weakness for Ben and Jerry's ice cream.
Six things I could never do without
Friends. Music. Books. My fingers. My eyes. Fresh air.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Girls. Music. Books. Politics. The future. The universe. How I'm gonna change the world.
On a typical Friday night I am
Hanging out with friends, probably downtown, reading, listening to my incredibly awesome stereo, watching a movie, drinking, dancing (notice dancing comes after drinking), or walking around by myself.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I trim my uni-brow. Whew! Good to get that off my chest.
You should message me if
Straight girls are okay, too, it sucks you have to pick.

•you are a smart, open-minded, health-conscious, disease free, attractive, and independent woman.

•you practice or are interested in polyamory. This is not crucial, but I don't plan on getting married in the near future, and I believe polyamory to be a healthy, viable lifestyle, and an excellent remedy for the co-dependence and jealousy which is often an (avoidable) reason that otherwise healthy, viable, and mutually-fulfilling relationships fail and cause pain for one or both people involved. I would be interested in a purely monogamous relationship, but would probably be more meticulous when it comes to compatibilty when considering someone for a serious, long-term monogamous relationship.

•you want to make a cool new friend, or have a common interest with me

•you want to borrow/swap books

•you need a hiking/biking/camping companion

•you have an overwhelming passion for high end audio equipment and music

•you can (and want to) help me improve my skill playing guitar

•you think I'm attractive enough to overcome the staggering differences in our match percentages, and believe your wanton desire will nullify our incompatibility

•you are Scarlett Johansson (don't worry, I'm almost sure I can take that bum you're married to)

•you think I'm cool and just want to talk about stuff, and things
The two of us