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My self-summary
How to summarize the entirety of my being without sounding vain or pretentious... Not typing to myself would be a good start. I'm a shameless idealist, with mostly left-of-center politics and a boundless appetite for discussion and debate. I consider myself an intellectual, which would be a wonderful way of avoiding telling you that I'm a geek if I would just keep my fingers shut. Does that even make sense? Nevermind. Anyway, this is probably the first time I've ever taken an online dating service seriously, so bear with me.

I am inquisitive, fun-loving, and open-minded.
What I’m doing with my life
Currently I'm getting ready to go back to college this fall and begin work on my biology degree. I'm also attempting a fair amount of self-improvement, as I'm not yet satisfied with my abilities as this point in my life.

I'm learning to cook more, because I like good food and because I am sick of microwaving everything. I've also taken up brewing, which is fascinating and rewarding. I've made wine, some ciders, and a considerable amount of mead, which is probably my favorite beverage, hands down.
I’m really good at
Rational analysis. I have a perverse need to understand exactly how things work. I'm a bit of a science and technology buff, and try to stay informed of developments in many fields of study. My mind is a twisting labyrinth filled with facts of sometimes questionable utility, and that's the way I like it.
The first things people usually notice about me
The first thing people probably notice about me is my hair, which is much longer than is currently acceptable for men of my age. Bah, I say. The second thing people notice is that I can be pretty loud. My volume level can get stuck at 11 sometimes.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Science fiction and fantasy, as well as sociopolitical commentary. H.P. Lovecraft is probably my favorite author of all time. Neal Stephenson is a biggie as well. Lately I'm returning to my old habit of mindlessly(Ha!) devouring non-fiction(mostly science stuff). I'm about to make my way through the last Harry Potter book. Hacking Matter by Wil McCarthy is an excellent read, and I also recommend Ending Aging by Aubrey de Gray, if you want something to think about.

Movies: Sci-fi, adventure, and comedy. The Fifth Element, Pirates of the Carribean, and Office Space are good. I was blown away by Heath Ledger's performance in The Dark Knight, but who wasn't? I also enjoy anime from time to time. Thank you, Japan, for giving us giant robots.

Music: Mostly electronic music, but I like a smattering of almost every other style. Daft Punk, Justice, The Mars Volta, and Nik Kershaw(remember him?) are favorites. I have recently discovered Cut Copy, Infected Mushroom, Akhentek, and others. Thank you, Charles Babbage, for laying the groundwork that would eventually create the bleeps and bloops I treasure more than any other music.

Food: I can't resist asian cuisine. Japanese and Korean are my favorites, but you can't go wrong with Chinese, Thai, or Indian either. I never pass up a chance to get dim sum.Sushi is a big favorite, and I'm learning to prepare it. I'll try almost anything, though.
The six things I could never do without
My computer/the Internet: Live without the sum-total of human knowledge at my beck and call? I don't think so.

My friends: When life gives me lemons, my crazy drunken friends come over, get plastered, and pass out on the couch.

Adenosine triphosphate: Because "oxygen" just isn't funny anymore.

Good food: Life is too short to be eating crap. Give me sushi or give me death!

Free time: I need a lot of time just to daydream and muse. I live for the time that I get to decide how to spend. There can never be too much of it.

Nature: When I spend too much time away from the green stuff, I start to get antsy. Call me crazy, but I just can't consider a place without trees to be a home.

Humor: Because apparently I can't count properly.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Politics. Though the Bush administration is finally over, out country isn't out of the woods yet. I worry about the gradual erosion of our civil rights, and the ease with which people are willing to be manipulated by fear.

When I'm not feeling as emo as all that, though, I spend a lot of time thinking about recent advances in science, our growing understanding of human genetics, and the possibilities and implications of nanotechnology. If we live long enough, we are going to see some serious shit.

I consider myself a transhumanist, and I think the elimination of aging and, eventually, death, is the most important scientific advance we can make as a species. Something like 160,000 people die every day. If an infectious diease caused that many deaths per day, it would be heralded as the greatest epidemic the world has ever known. Though indefinite lifespan(and youth) may temporarily worsen overpopulation, it will only force society to find a way to deal with the problem sooner. It may seem far-fetched, but there are good reasons to believe that many people alive today will live to see the turn of the next century, and the one after that as well.
On a typical Friday night I am
Hanging out at a friend's house with my other friends, shamelessly playing video games or D&D. Eating sushi and arguing about politics. Laughing about what asses we made of ourselves LAST Friday night.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I play Dungeons and Dragons and I'm not ashamed of it.
I don't believe cartoons (or anime) are only for children.
I plan to be preserved in liquid nitrogen when I die in hopes of seeing the far future.

And the number one thing I probably shouldn't be admitting here:

I'm overweight. I'm 5'5 and 220 lbs. I don't want anybody to be surprised by that when they meet me. I've seen too many MySpace angles and cropped shots on OkCupid, and I'd rather be honest. I don't want to trick you into liking me.

That being said, I don't believe that obesity is a condition that anybody should be happy with. The "fat acceptance" movement is the most idiotic thing I've seen in a long time. People are overweight because, whatever they tell themselves, they value eating what they like all the time over being healthy. Obesity is usually a result of lack of discipline coupled, at least in the US, with an overabundance of incredibly unhealthy food available cheaply and easily.

On the other hand, I don't have anything against people who are overweight. I don't think less of them as people. I know a tremendous number of beautiful, intelligent, complex people who my life would be empty without, and I am sad that they may not live as long as they could have.

I weigh what I do because until very recently I suffered from a lack of discipline. I have made a decision that my health is worth more to me than stuffing myself, and rather than diet, I've made a commitment to eat healthier for the rest of my life, which is the only way to keep the weight off after it has been lost. I've failed to drop the pounds and keep them off many times, but by the summer of 2013, I'll be at a healthy weight, or dead from trying.

If you've read this whole thing, thank you. If you don't want to talk to me until I replace this section with "I used to be fat, now I look like John Basedow" I completely understand, and I'll see you next summer!

(Disclaimer: I will never, nor do I want to, actually look like John Basedow.)
You should message me if
You want to have a long and many-segued conversation about transhumanism, philosophy, or anything else with more than two syllables that ends in -ism or -ology. If you're bored and want somebody to play Scrabble with. Maybe even if you like what you read here (skipping to the bottom is cheating!) and want to meet someone new.