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My self-summary
Existentially, I may be.
Quantum mechanically, I am very likely.
Physically, I am.

I moved to Colorado Springs to start a new job in April, 2016. I've made a few friends here, but none who are single and age appropriate for dating. New friends would be appreciated, though a long term partnership with a woman is desired.

I believe that although physical beauty is not the most important thing in a relationship partner, it is not nothing, as it will have some bearing on long term happiness.

I am a citizen of the world. Ideas should be free to flow anywhere for the betterment of humanity. Money, goods, and labor should not flow freely for exactly the same reason.

I believe that most of the world's problems could be solved if people kept in mind the long term consequences of their actions. For example, human activity has a significant impact on the ability of the atmosphere to trap heat. Increased average temperature will have drastic effects both in weather conditions, and in the release of Hydrogen Sulfide from the sea floor. If humanity does not actively remove greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere, it will become inhospitable to Oxygen-breathing life before we can colonize other planets.

I believe that no child should be born unless there is at least one person willing and prepared to take care of it until it can be a happy and productively contributing member of society, and the birth mother is willing to go through the ordeal of pregnancy. It is my hope that you have both the desire and the capability to have children and that the prospect of mixing our genes appeals to you.

I believe that people who live in or near the habitats of non-reasoning carnivorous animals have a valid reason to own a firearm. I don't believe that anyone else does. This does NOT mean that I am trying to take yours away or that I dispute your right to own one unless you have demonstrated that you lack the knowledge to use it safely or the wisdom to use it responsibly.

I believe that when two people love each other, and they believe that their lives are better together than apart, they should get married. I might even be willing to extend that concept to small groups, given that I have met a triple who live together happily married in every sense except the legal one. Personally, I do not think I would be comfortable in polyerosy. I have a tough enough time processing my feelings for one other person. I expect my confusion would grow as the factorial of the number of people involved. (Notice, I did not say polyamory. One does not attach a Greek prefix to a Latin root.)

I like to solve problems. It is one of the reasons why I chose to be an engineer.

I enjoy science fiction because it offers new sets of problems to be solved and new constraints by which the solutions must abide.

Don't let my list of beliefs scare you off. This is just my way of standing out amongst the sea of profiles on OKCupid.

I am loyal, honest, and trying to make the world a better place.
What I’m doing with my life
I design microchips, and the work is enjoyable. I volunteer with a service organization. I sing in karaoke bars.
I once derived a property of prime numbers on my own without any reference to mathematical texts. At the time I did not know if anyone had previously documented this property. Some Google searching proved it was a special case of a more general property already known to exist. Oh well.
I put solar panels on my house in 2006. It would have cut my electric bill by 85% had I not picked up some house-mates who use about as much juice as the panels put out. In 2011 I added solar hot water and a radiant barrier in the attic for additional energy savings. I still own that house, despite living 800 miles away.
I've visited 17 countries so far, plus the one I live in.
I’m really good at
Acting as a translator when both people are speaking English, but can't understand each other. Karaoke. Being Kermit the Frog. Behaving ethically.
Giving and receiving massages - I have no formal training in this area, but most people who have experienced one of my massages would have guessed I had.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I'm standing in their way, unless I'm singing, in which case they notice my voice and my strange taste in music. That I seem to know something about everything, though I don't claim to be an expert about most things.

It is not the first impressions that matter, however. People who take the time to hang out with me appreciate my twisted literalist sense of humor, and the lengths I will go to take care of my friends.

Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Remember, people, this section is about FAVORITES, not a list of everything you have liked.

Books: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Gödel Escher Bach, Winning the Oil Endgame, Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.
Movies: Sneakers or Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. I recommend Gasland and Gasland II. I do enjoy superhero movies in general.
Music: The Art Of Noise, the Best Of Collegiate A Capella, The Uninvited. Anything I can sing in karaoke.
Food: several Ethiopian Wats, fresh lansones from the Philippines. I'll eat almost anything, though I've found I don't enjoy apricot, broccoli, fresh tomatoes, licorice, chunks of ginger, pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew, horseradish, or butterscotch.
Live shows: Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure. If his show ever comes to your area GO SEE IT!!!
TV: The Newsroom, Game of Thrones (Please don't spoil season 6! I have no HBO this year.), Shameless, Defiance. I wish Dexter hadn't ended, but I understand why it was a requirement to maintain the reputation of the writers. Eureka was fun while it lasted, as were Battlestar Galactica and Stargate SG-1. I was given a DVD containing the 1st and 2nd seasons of the BBC sitcom "Coupling". I don't know when I have laughed so hard. I bought the 3rd season for myself. I am actively trying to prevent myself from becoming a fan of new shows so I will spend less time watching TV at all. In July 2015, I terminated my subscription to any paid TV service, so now if I watch at all, it is the free portion of Hulu, or I may reattach an antenna to the set in time for the fall lineup. (I did wire one on for a few months, but watched very little. After the move, I did not re-attach it.)
Six things I could never do without

1. Existence (fundamental constants of the universe taking on their present values, corporeality)

2. The requirements for life (temperatures between the freezing point of CO2 and the limit of human heat dissipation, atmospheric gasses in atmospheric proportions and pressures, a place to rest without drowning, fresh liquid water, food)

3. The requirements for sanity (sufficient sleep, an appropriate balance of vitamins and minerals, occasional human contact and conversation)

4. sanitation facilities (roll of toilet paper and a shovel, or any modern restroom, a means to wash myself)

5. modest wages (a means to ensure that needs 3 and 4 will be met long into the future)

6. Some level of comprehension of the world around me.

Ask a literal question, get a literal answer. Perhaps you would rather ask me what are six things beyond these necessities that I would most strongly prefer not to do without?

I spend a lot of time thinking about

... why Democratic politicians seem to think that they were elected only to compromise with those who voted against them and Republican politicians seem to think corporations are people, money is speech, women are property, and skilled human labor is a commodity.

The original question here was "With whom would you trade brains?" The answer of course is whichever brain trading merchant had the best rating at the Better Business Bureau.

If the intended question were "If you could choose to have a copy of all someone else's memories overlaid upon your own, such that after the period of the trade, you could access both sets, whose would you choose to copy?" Perhaps Tony Robbins, as he seems a happy, well adjusted achiever. Perhaps some happy, beautiful lesbian, just to see what life is like on the other side.

More recently, I have been trying to figure out why there seem to be so many more bisexual women on OKCupid than offline, and why my match percentage seems to increase with distance rather than decrease.

What is the mean and standard deviation of the match score at the top of everyone's match list? At the moment, my top match is 99%. Are most people's top matches that high? Back when my top match was 89%, I found out that someone I know had a 99% match with someone else. In her opinion, he was a jerk. (Update: In 2009 OKCupid changed its algorithm to err on the side of matching when it does not know anything about one match participant in a personality dimension. This boosted many of my matches above 90%, but most of them have answered fewer than 50 questions. In late 2010, something else changed because suddenly I have much more in common with my top matches.)

xkcd does a good job of expressing how I feel about this.

Lastly, I have been wondering why someone would accept a first date, then choose to break that date without ever meeting. This has happened to me multiple times, on and off OKCupid. If you don't want to date, don't accept the offerred date in the first place. If you do want to date, but aren't sure about this particular person, at least reserve judgement until you spend 5 minutes alone together. Isn't that the point of dating?
In a new variation on that theme, someone sent me a message that they liked my profile and wanted me to send an email address, but less than 12 hours later, before I even had time to read the message, the account was deleted. What was the point in messaging me if you leave me no path to contact you in return?
On a typical Friday night I am
Singing in a karaoke bar, or in transit to an event for my service organization. Failing such opportunities, probably on Facebook.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I had not realized that my status had been listed as "seeing someone" until OKCupid sent me a birthday message implying that I did not need new matches.
I need to check my profile more often. Apparently I had not realized OKCupid thought I was looking for just "new friends" when "long term dating" would be closer to accurate.
I checked my "Personality" section and was surprised to see I was marked as being WAY less friendly than average. I think that may be an interpretation of how a strong introvert interacts with the world. The opposite of friendliness is not enmity or apathy. It is keeping to ones self when presented with opportunities to open yourself to a stranger or a group of strangers. I do not actively attempt to be unfriendly, and if you ask the friends I do have about that 'less friendly" rating, they would probably think OKCupid was way off base.
You should message me if
You should message me if any of the following apply:
You have answered at least 120 matching questions.
You believe that Flying Spaghetti Monsterism should be one of the religion options in the matching algorithm.
You are the matchmaker in your circle of friends and can't resist a challenge.
Your initial assumption is that people mean exactly what they say.
You are disappointed that Dennis Kucinich ended his presidential campaign in 2008, and are encouraged by Bernie Sanders's popularity in the 2016 cycle.
You have removed any "selfie" where you are sitting in a car from your profile. If you have not, I will think less of you.
You read something above and are intrigued.
The two of us