I'm from Tajikistan. If you're unfamiliar, its a country bordered by Afghanistan, China, and Kyrgyzstan. It used to be a Soviet state but when the USSR fell it plunged into a horribly bloody civil war with Asian, Persian and Russian ethnic groups all doing their best to murder each other. I was 13 when it started. When I was 14, Taliban fighters launched a few GRADs at my house. It burned down. I grabbed an AK from the corpse of one of Turajonzoda's combatants, hotwired a car and drove to Russia.
I eventually made my way to the United States. I got most of the way through a solid computer science education (I left my doctoral program when my business took off) and became an internationally recognized hacker. I have been documented in Wired Magazine amongst other publications for this one time I figured out how to listen in and tamper with all the communications which flow across the Internet. Both my home and offices are now a block from the New York Stock Exchange. I became infinitely thankful for the opportunity presented in this country for anyone who wants to strive for success.
Every day I live is a relentless assault on life. My life is exciting, and the lives of my friends are exciting by sheer proximity. I fly around the world on a regular basis. As a permanent expat of my native soil, I have an infinite wanderlust that will never be satiated.
Be forewarned: I am right about everything. This is not a moment of arrogance, it is just a fact of the scope of my life experiences. Talk to me when you have escaped rural poverty in an ex-bloc state during a bloody revolution and come to a foreign country with nothing in your pockets, nothing in your favor and yet still make yourself a resounding success.
Then I will acknowledge you know something about how the world works. I say what I know to be true, regardless of political correctness and anyone's feelings. This makes me a gigantic asshole. So be it. The history books are filled with assholes, and the meek invariably fade into irrelevance.
I surround myself with men similar to myself. Books and internationally syndicated news are filled with references to my associates. In my reality field, the mediocre turns great and the great becomes divine. I demand nothing less than endless self-improvement and struggle from everything around me. As I teach, I learn.
C++ is the only programming language available on OKC's language fluency options, but I'm fluent in more of those than I've got fingers. I also know a fair amount of electrical engineering at this juncture, covering everything from FPGAs to RF. I do some metalworking. I trade on most global markets, initially a requirement of my supply chain but now an endeavor of its own.
Recreationally I skydive, scuba, and am a many-times veteran of Kazantip (the Ukraine's biggest rave, a multi-week love affair with electronic music).
If you're familiar with the philosopher Michel Foucault, his "Discipline and Punish" might give you some ideas of my miscellaneous talents.
"With satanic joy in his face, the black-haired Jewish youth lurks in wait for the unsuspecting girl whom he defiles with his blood, thus stealing her from her people." -- Adolf Hitler.
My (occasionally morbid, Addams Family-like) sense of humour.
Fiction: Salinger, Twain, Nabokov, Orwell, Huxley
Classics: Occasional Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Goethe (although I've been slacking in my classics in past decade). Hm, where do I put Bulgakov - classics or fantasy?
Music: classic rock (Beatles, Dire Straits, Queen, Depeche Mode, Doors).
Asian-style Karaoke. Don't ask. (On second thought, DO ask... but not before 3AM.)
I like blues ("when a good man is feelin' bad") more than pop music ("when a bad man is feeling good").
It's hard to put a finger on it - I like everything that sounds good, any style can be good - this can vary from rock to blues to rap (Eminem) to metal (Rammstein) to Trance ("Paul Van Digweed").
I do have a fascination with the rap music and culture, language of the streets, although I'd probably get shot if I actually tried that. Respeck.
Movies: Godfather. Tarantino's Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. Kubrick's Dr Strangelove and Clockwork Orange. Obligatory guy movies: Matrix, LoTR, Star Wars.
I like good "thinking" movies - like American Beauty, or Eternal Sunshine, or Lord of War. V for Vendetta. Seven Samurai, Shawshank Redemption, One flew over the cuckoo's nest.
Definitely Monty Python - Life of Brian is my favorite.
Romantic movies - Love, Actually is wonderful. I think there's no better movie that showed all different kinds of love. Also, Shakespeare In Love.
Definitely South Park - the only TV I ever watch.
Come to think of it, most things I love have been created before I was born (this just made me feel old).
I enjoy watching the action-movie-of-the-month as much as the next guy, but I doubt I'd watch them twice...
Food: Anything. I am a sushi fiend - which results in a 3-4 times a week sushi habit. Love Indian, Chinese, Italian, you name it, I like it. Only thing I cannot stand is junk food (but hey, at least it means I won't take you to McD's for a first date!).
Knowledge. The frequent warmth of someone wonderful falling asleep next to me.
The Ultimate Question.
Philosophy, literature, thoughts about the world.
The progression of rot and decay in this country I have come to love so dearly.
I am still in love with every girl I ever been in love with.
You are doing something with your life - I mean something other than normal study-career path.
You have an opinion on my favorite books/movies.
You have a personality ("good crazy"). It takes a unique girl to be able to keep up with me - not just accept me, but love the adventure.