bm51h
33Circle Pines, United States
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My self-summary
In programming, there's a practice called "rubber duck debugging" where sharing the gory details of your code with a brightly-colored synthetic waterfowl helps to make sense of things better than going it alone. I think a key dating goal for me is to find someone who helps bring the same sort of mutual clarity to everyday life, ideally while being more animated than that duck. :)

I've lived in the Twin Cities my entire life, having grown up in the northern suburbs helping my do-it-yourself parents turn a chunk of swampland into their dream house. As a kid I always took school far too seriously, but I've grown a lot since then and education has given way to a tech career that I'm rather good at and take only somewhat too seriously.

Following politics has never been an obsession of mine, but I like to be reasonably aware of current issues and generally lean to the left, particularly where social issues and civil liberties are involved. I don't subscribe to any religion (organized or otherwise) but have no problem with those who do as long as they're not being intolerant about it. My list of life priorities doesn't include children right now and I'm doubtful that it ever will.

I'm on this site because I like building new social connections with fun and interesting people that I would be unlikely to meet otherwise. Plus, I get to put all those English classes to good use, waste time with amusing quizzes, and conceal my horrific ugliness by posting photos of a random guy I found on Myspace.

I'm kidding, of course -- it was Facebook, not Myspace.
What I’m doing with my life
Techie pursuits, making music, social dancing, and homeownership have all been high on the list recently.

I started an IT career pretty early in life and my passion for technology has shown no signs of fading. Don't be surprised if you catch me reading up on software designs just for the fun of it, and plan on my home network being under construction more often than not when you try to use the wi-fi.

Playing music is one of the few things that I approach mainly with intuition rather than structure and rules. I'm the bassist and sound guy for a casual band project with some good friends, and there are three or four other instruments that I tinker with as a relaxing hobby. I've also been trying to go out dancing more often with the local Argentine tango community and I'd be game to pursue salsa, swing, or blues if I found the right partner.
I’m really good at
I'm a patient teacher and a good listener. Multiple people have told me that I make them feel comfortable and safe just by being around, but don't ask me how that works. My brain just isn't wired to understand such things, I guess.

Raising my left eyebrow in a quizzical fashion and absent-mindedly reaching up into ceiling fans are some other key skills; I can't believe I haven't put those on my résumé yet.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: primarily science fiction (Heinlein, Crichton, Bradbury, Neal Stephenson) and humor (Douglas Adams, Mary Roach)

Movies: Pixar films (particularly The Incredibles and Big Hero 6), Death at a Funeral, A Fish Called Wanda, Serenity, Hot Fuzz, and a surprising number of Shakespeare adaptations

Television: Archer, Bob's Burgers, Firefly, The IT Crowd, Parks and Rec, Red Dwarf, Sherlock, Star Trek TNG and DS9, Top Gear

Music: alt-J, Cake, Chvrches, Jack Conte, Jonathan Coulton, Ok Go, Rage Against the Machine, The Rural Alberta Advantage, They Might Be Giants, Tom Lehrer

Food: Mexican and Thai, with copious amounts of spiciness
Six things I could never do without
- Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
- A careful balance between human interaction and solitude
- Opportunities to use my talents to help people in small ways
- Keyboard shortcuts
- Two additional things that are simultaneously inspiring and thought-provoking, and which I will think up later
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Details of things that most people would never consider. For instance, does the factory that makes alphabet soup have one type of machine that cranks out all the letter shapes, or is there a row of twenty-six smaller (and simpler) contraptions that handle one letter each?
On a typical Friday night I am
Hacking on some programming project or having a game/movie night with close friends, most likely. Crowded bar scenes and clubs have never been my idea of a fun time.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Reheating leftovers generally strikes me as a needless expenditure of time and energy, so I almost always eat them straight from the fridge. Cold lasagna, anyone?
You should message me if
I think I fit best with someone who has a nerdy or geeky side and values honest communication, patience, and random hugs. Bonus points if you make music or participate in social dance.
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