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My self-summary
Hey, I'm Alex. Nice to meet you!

I'm a grad student working my way through an interesting part of my life.

I dance, I sometimes write music, and I play the viola and the piano. Since I'm working on a PhD in Being a Computer Nerd, I also like everything related to that as well, spilling over into general science and technology. My puns are industrial strength and I already preemptively feel sorry for you having to experience them.

I can be a bit guarded when I meet new people, and it takes time for me to open up. Once that happens, I go to a more energetic/silly place. Humor is a valuable thing, and I feel very connected to someone when we're both laughing.

Discussing weighty/meaty subjects is something I enjoy sometimes. The strong opinions that I do hold are usually not on whether X is better than Y, but on on the process of choosing and framing the debate itself - basically I'm wary of anyone who's made up their mind so strongly on anything that they become deaf and blind to the other side's experiences (tldr: intellectual circlejerks are bad mmkay). That said, I'm fairly left-leaning.
What I’m doing with my life
My main mission in life for the next year or so is finishing my degree. It's like a job but at a more chill pace. I get to write a giant piece of software all by myself, and eventually write a giant thesis to accompany it, so that I get a 'Dr' in front of my name. Sometimes the school flies me out to exotic places where I get to talk about my work in snazzy 15-20 minute powerpoint presentations.

I'm a creative type - INTP if you're into the whole Myers-Briggs thing. I've decided that after I graduate and leave the intensity of a decade plus of university, I want to try my hand at the 'starving artist' schtick and find some people to develop indie video games with. Who knows, it might turn into a non-starving artist gig if it goes well :) There's always the 9-to-5 job option, but I'd like to hold off on that until absolutely necessary.
I’m really good at
Staying in school, apparently. I'm also pretty okay at playing the piano and doing other things musical or rhythmic. There's also design, programming, figuring out technology, and the other occupational hazards that come with my line of study.
The first things people usually notice about me
Height. Eyes. Hint of a Russian accent, especially when I start talking fast. Some say I look intense and/or serious, but that's just my default resting face. Honest.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I've read a lot of sci-fi to pass the time when I commuted to school for 8 years. If you're into anything written by Robert J. Sawyer or John Scalzi, I'm sure we'd have lots to mutually geek out over.

TV and Movies: It's weird to just list a bunch of things here. Let's discover these in-person? I like things with good acting and production values, engaging plots, touching on important issues, but also things with lots of explosions and cheesy one-liners. My dream movie/show has all of these, I guess.

Food: I don't like seafood. While I eat meat, I'm not in love with it or anything. If I had the means, I could happily eat at Vegetarian Haven on Baldwin every day. I'd really miss bacon, though.

Board games: I've been going out with friends to these new places popping up over Toronto that let you play board games while consuming caffeinated/alcoholic beverages. It's a great time, and people keep showing me cool new games.

Computer/console games: I've taken a liking to more indie-type games lately and avoided the blockbuster AAA releases. First-person shooters are my favourite. I still play Doom (from 1993) as the community keeps putting out neverending awesome content to this day. I like to play fun games with people too. Not ashamed to admit enjoying playing with a Wii. If you inwardly/outwardly snickered at that sentence, then we'll get along just great :)

Music: I don't actively go out of my way to listen to music, which is weird because of my musical background. Having said that, I dig almost everything by Daft Punk and Infected Mushroom. (late) Beethoven and Chopin are my classical bros. I'll absolutely go see live music with you if there's dancing involved.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Way too much. I'm a chronic overthinker and often a perfectionist, but I'm working on fixing that.

I also idly make up stories/timelines for the squirrels and pigeons I pass on my walks to and from school. Do you think the regular black pigeons ostracize the cream/white-coloured ones?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I love the McDonalds Dollar Menu
You should message me if
I dunno, depends on what you want I guess? I really like it when I successfully connect with people, whether or not it ends up being a short or long term thing. If you think there's a chance of that, then by all means :)

I don't mind generic first date things like coffee or drinks, as long as there exists a venue for conversation. A board game cafe or going for a walk is nice too. If you do Swing dance and want to go to an event, then I'm totally in.

OK I hate to have to put this here, but after turning 30, I've noticed an increase of the number of women who are absolutely laser-focus dead-set on settling down, having kids, etc. from the very start. These are all good things in theory, some of which I think I'd eventually want with the right person, but I'd like to just kinda let it happen, you know? If you have no chill in this regard, then we ain't gonna get along.