SEB_v2
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My self-summary
Chapter 23. The wizard, now seen to be cleanshaven and freshly-shorn, emerges briefly from his tower to greet spring. He looks up at the distant mountain peaks and decides to go visit them again this year. After puttering around in the yard he pauses briefly at the porch, considering... Finally he puts up the "Welcome" sign and enters the tower again.

These days I'm not very active on OkCupid. I keep a profile up because I like to meet new people. If one of those dates goes somewhere, great... but I'm not actively looking for a partner.

I'm basically a scientist and explorer, questioning everything and rarely holding simple views. Fitting in is not on my ToDo list, and I don't run rat races. That's not to say I can't go with the flow; I just don't regard it as a way of life. If you don't do anything with your time other than stay alive, why bother living at all?

Hassle and boredom are not things I enjoy, and I often wonder why people complicate their lives unnecessarily - especially given the meagre rewards of the things they do. Take smart phones, for example. Why do so many people burden themselves with headphones, walking around listening to the same tunes they've heard a thousand times and reading or watching trivial crap on Internet, when they could be listening to and watching the people around them with no extra effort? Vancouver really has no shortage of people worth watching, so this is doubly odd.

A few personal quirks, just to colour my picture a bit more:

Although it doesn't stop me, I can't shake the feeling that there's something wrong with washing down a Coffee Crisp with a pot of tea.

It irks me that a monkey can shell and eat a peanut in half a second while it takes me five or ten.

In Chapters one day, I looked down and wondered who that was, signing that stack of Margaret Atwood books. It took a moment to realize how gloriously stupid that thought was.
What I’m doing with my life
For years now, I've been spending my days working away on my own startup - an incredibly large online project. While doing this, I pay the bills by a bit of active investing.

Working online from home gets lonely and boring, so I often head out for the afternoon with my laptop. You may have seen me in some restaurant or food court around town.

For fun I go to movies, walk and cycle, occasionally meet friends for beer, and similar low-hassle activities. Some time in my travelling days, I found I liked life in the slow lane.
I’m really good at
...critical thinking. I'm like the little kid who says the emperor isn't wearing clothes. In general, I don't think much like most people.

I walk fast, usually. I inspire terror in word games. I'm a satisfactory cook.

I've travelled a lot. No, really... a lot. Europe, Africa, and Asia; 73 countries, according to the Century Club list. Modes covered the spectrum from five star hotels back in my academic days to fleabag dumps while cycling across Africa.
The first things people usually notice about me
Undoubtedly, that'd be my height and my voice (a low bass rumble which has been charitably described as "distinctive").
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music: If I have favourites I suppose most are stuff I grew up with: CCR, The Guess Who, and so on. I like guitar music generally, whether Narciso Yepes or Eric Clapton. I collect new tunes occasionally, too.

TV: I haven't owned a TV since 1990 and don't want one. However, I do watch vids of Game Of Thrones, Monty Python, Seinfeld, Corner Gas, The Simpsons, Futurama, Red Dwarf, The Sopranos, Breaking Bad and other shows that strike my fancy.

Food: Turkish and Mexican, although I eat almost anything except chili and spaghetti (excessive consumption of both in my teen years has killed my enthusiasm for them). Oatmeal is good at any time of day.

Movies: As you can tell from my profile picture, I'm a fairly serious movie buff! Mostly I follow directors, including Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Cameron Crowe.

A few movies I liked more than most: Little Big Man; Any Given Sunday; American Gangster; The Constant Gardener; Enemy At The Gates; Casablanca; The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly; 2001; The Lover; L.A. Confidential. I'll go to see almost anything set in Africa.

Books: George Orwell's essays; The Hobbit, The Lord Of The Rings, and The Silmarillion; The Day Of The Jackal and The Dogs Of War by Frederick Forsyth; Robert A. Heinlein's best stuff (I grew up on it); The Blue Nile and The White Nile by Alan Moorehead; The Three Musketeers; Midnight Express. That's a random sampling of stuff that's survived numerous bookshelf purges, so could fairly be called "favourites." I read all kinds of things - history, science fiction, travel books, thrillers, classics, photo & art books. Lately it's mostly science fiction, and that's mostly because it relates to work.
Six things I could never do without
Air, food, water, shelter, something interesting to watch and a good place to sit or stand.

(Did I mention that I like to keep life simple? Sometimes I even succeed!)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
...what to have for lunch, why people do the things they do, whatever I'm working on, how I might meet more of the sort of people I'm compatible with, and how to work more exercise into my day.
On a typical Friday night I am
...at home watching a movie. Friday's just another day of the week for me: my schedule is up to me and very flexible, so I often take my breaks in the middle of the week, and during the winter I tend to go out in the afternoon so as not to waste sun. Evenings I might be out at an event, but usually I'll be multi-tasking at home. I'd like to be out more evenings on fun dates, which of course is why I'm here.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am one of those big tough guys who'll sniffle at pretty much any old sentimental crap somebody manages to insert in a movie.
You should message me if
....you think we'd get along well and want to go out, or if you just think we might make good friends. I answer everybody but scammers. About one time in three I'm interested enough to get together in person.

Some interests we might have in common: Walking, Movies, Cycling ,Photography, Eating Out,Tea, People-watching, Humour, Games, Hiking, Travel,Africa, Polar Places ,Deserts, Mountains, and Animals.

Some potential stumbling blocks and dealbreakers:
1) I don't date smokers or recently-quit ex-smokers, although I wish them all the best in kicking the habit.
2) Spectator sports don't interest me at all. If watching the Canucks is your thing, we're probably not compatible.
3) I'm not from Vancouver originally. While it doesn't matter to me if someone is a native-born Vancouverite, it sure seems to matter to lots of them.
4) Please live close by; travelling more than an hour just to meet becomes too much like work.

I find phone conversations intensely boring, but E-mail and IM are ok (because they don't demand my full attention). Doing something simple and fun in a public place strikes me as a good first meeting.
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