Philawsophist
32 Belmont, United States
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My self-summary
I'm recently single for the first time in a long time, and am just starting to figure out how to dating. Basically, what I'd like is to have meaningful experiences/relationships/interactions, but it's not super important to me at the moment that those things come with any intimation of permanence.

It's going to be a while before I'm in the market for anything very serious, but if you're down for something casual or something high-intensity-but-low-stakes, that would be just what the doctor ordered. Particularly at the moment, I'm very open to playing second fiddle in someone's existing open/poly dynamic. (If fetlife is a thing you do, you can find me there under the same screenname.)

I'm kind of a homebody, but if you'd like to drag me out of my shell a little bit, I'm down for that.

Now, about me. I'm a lawyer, these days, but of neither the work-80-hours-a-week-defending-evil-corporations variety nor the defender-of-the-innocent-protector-of-the-unheard variety. Before doing the law thing, I got a philosophy degree from UCSC and freelanced for a few years as a tech writer, editor, and translator.

I get nerdy about: languages, videogames, philosophy/critical theory, intersectionality and feminism and progressive social/identity politics, and tea, in no particular order.

I avoid: drinking, smoking, drugs, social situations involving more people than can reasonably participate in a single conversation. I don't particularly object to having friends or partners who do those things, provided that they're done safely and I'm not expected to participate or be present for it.

My ideal night involves sitting around with one or two or three interesting people, brewing a nice cup of tea, and watching a movie or playing some videogames or debating questions that have no answers. One of my favorite things is to share silence with people.

Trivia:
-- I've been to significantly more countries than I have American states.
-- I've bought tea at what's probably the oldest teahouse in the world.
-- I've been officially enrolled at 17 educational institutions for at least one term each.
-- I'm certified to teach English as a foreign language to adults.
-- I can "read" (that is, turn graphemes into phonemes, though not necessarily with access to the semantics) 7 different character sets/alphabets.
-- I don't know how to fart.
What I’m doing with my life
Upgathering into the leap.

Adulting with varying degrees of success. In my estimation, there are two primary markers of the beginning of adulthood:
(1) "I don't know how to do the thing" is no longer sufficient reason to not do the thing; and
(2) One's ability to obtain games exceeds one's capacity to consume them.

By these metrics, I'm doing pretty well.

Also, starting up.
I’m really good at
Gratitude. Taking "no" for an answer. Taking "yes" for an answer.

Being really good at nuance; being really bad at subtlety.

Tilting at windmills. Explaining stuff, even when I don't quite understand it myself. Listening to (though, sadly, not performing) music. Being totally OCD about grammar and other languagey things. Adjusting beliefs to account for new evidence.

Also, portmanteaus. Also, bowling. Also, compersion.
The first things people usually notice about me
Honestly, probably that I speak almost exactly how I write.

That I'm the sort of person who, if you tell me to "Go to the store and buy a gallon of milk, and if they have eggs, buy a dozen" won't come home with a dozen gallons of milk, but will come back with thirteen gallons because you didn't say "...instead buy a dozen."
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Podcasts: Reply All, Startup, Planet Money, Welcome to Night Vale, Sex Nerd Sandra, Hello Internet, Mystery Show, Surprisingly Awesome, 99% Invisible, Serial, Invisibilia, Savage Lovecast.

Books: Frank Herbert, Gaiman, Nietzsche, ee cummings, Patrick Rothfuss, the Principia Discordia, Ursula Le Guin. See my Goodreads profile for a more complete list. Latest loves: Nnedi Okorafor (who is great), N.K. Jemisin (who is spectacular), China Miéville (who is weird and erudite). Also, Kameron Hurley is legit.

Movies: The Fountain, Black Swan, Amelie, Six-String Samurai, Spirited Away, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Grave of the Fireflies, Happiness of the Katakuris, Dancer in the Dark.

Shows: Babylon 5, Elementary (but not the douchey BBC Sherlock), Game of Thrones (until I gave up on it because it got too rapey), Orphan Black, Jane the Virgin, Wonderfalls, Firefly, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Boston Legal, Fullmetal Alchemist, the various Stargate shows, Madam Secretary. Also general anime nonsense.

Music: Tool, The Mars Volta, Dir en grey, Opeth, Tori Amos, Ainjel Emme, Idan Raichel, Alexandrina Hristov, Animals As Leaders, Bjork, Depeche Mode, Diamanda Galas, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Miyavi. My taste is pretty eclectic, but the unifying threads are virtuosity, weirdness, and authenticity.

Food: I can't handle foods of certain consistencies, including eggplant, tofu, and similarly mushy things; beyond that, I'm not terribly picky and generally appreciate food as an art form. I bake a mean poppy-seed cake and make tiramisu from scratch.
The six things I could never do without
1. Numbers.
2. Words.
3. Grammar and syntax.
4. Thoughts to express by means of numbers and words, arranged in accordance with grammar and syntax so as to give rise to meaning.
5. People to whom to express these thoughts by the aforementioned means, and who in turn will reciprocally express thoughts at me.
6. Taking simple jokes, making them needlessly complicated, and running them into the ground.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What the deal is with people who "don't read fiction." Like, what does that even mean? What else is there? There are no facts -- there are only stories.

Why are most shirts that admit of cufflinks so boring and terrible-looking? I have some dapper fucking cufflinks, and I want to wear them with comparably dapper shirts.

“Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away… and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast… be happy about your growth, in which of course you can’t take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don’t torment them with your doubts and don’t frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn’t be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn’t necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust… and don’t expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke
On a typical Friday night I am
Recovering from the week in a semi-vegetative state. Possibly wishing I were bowling. Using the somewhat archaic subjunctive.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm not at all a private person. I'm not sure what I wouldn't be willing to admit to. So ask away, if you like.

I think this image captures my personality to a startling extent.

Also, there's a (small) part of me that constantly feels like I should be apologizing for being a white, hetero, cismale dom-type. Then I remember that rather than apologizing, I can just try to be less of an asshole, so I do that instead.
You should message me if
You should message me if you're a badass feminist and/or a feminist badass, and you're open to a dude who does his best and who knows he fucks it up sometimes (and therefore appreciates being called out).

You should message me if I sound like a sufferable ass rather than an insufferable one.

Also, message me if you want to go bowling (and you'd like me to come bowling with you). Seriously. I'm a slut for bowling.

Also, you should message me if you clicked "Like" and didn't immediately get a "you like each other" notification -- I can't see who's liked me and who hasn't, so I might miss your interest and then we'll both be sad.

If friendship with exes is a dealbreaker for you, by the way, I'm not your guy.
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