37Syracuse, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a quirky individual. I think way outside the box and say things that simultaneously seem spot on and totally off the wall. Some say I am a tough nut to crack, while others click with me immediately. I'm a total goof-off at times, but also eagerly engage in serious discussion. Which side of me predominates depends on the dynamic I develop with you.

If you are an intellectually curious person, you will find my perspectives very interesting. As a student of the biological sciences, I think of Homo sapiens as an organism. Everything about us, from our complex behavior to our capacities for language and culture, as well as the malleability of these traits, are survival adaptations that have enabled us to inhabit every biome on the planet. Most of the strange tendencies of the human species can be made into interesting speculative discussion in this light. (The rest of my profile isn't quite so pedantic--I promise).

My sense of humor often tends towards the irreverent. If you take yourself really seriously I may inadvertently offend you, but underneath it I am a very non-judgemental person. I'm full of sharp witticisms, but be warned, I'm also a total punster (there's a little bit of sadism in that tendency). This comes with the territory of being a nerd. I am definitely a nerd, but pull it off in a stylish manner. Yes I like D&D, renaissance festivals, and Star Wars. Yes I work calculus problems for the fun of it. And I'll school anyone anytime at Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter II. I own my nerdiness.

I'm a renaissance man; really good at a lot of diverse things. I'm also very adventurous and a bit of an adrenaline junky. I maintain an active lifestyle. My favorite physical activities include climbing (from trees and rocks to mountains), swimming, roller-skating, ice skating, and bicycling. And this last winter I got into snowboarding, which I love perhaps a little too much. I enjoy a physical challenge as much as an intellectual one. I'm bit of a hippie as well; I'm thinking about sustainability with every decision I make, and have as much passion for making art and music as I have for science.

I moved to the area from Denton, TX, in the summer of 2013 to do my PhD at SUNY-ESF. I'm really liking the Northeast so far. But I spend too much time locked up in the grad school bat-cave.

By nature, I am a very kind-hearted, loving, caring person, despite some die-hard misanthropic opinions. At the same time, I believe in open, candid communication.

Looking for someone who is intelligent, creative, critical of useless social norms, silly at times, deep at times, honest, an open communicator (very important--I don't believe in leaving important things unsaid), caring, understanding, and a true appreciator of the same qualities. Physical attraction is also important, but if you can deliver on all of these other things, I'm sure it will follow naturally.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm in the process of becoming a career biologist in terrestrial vertebrate ecology. I want to be one of those guys in the nature documentaries when I grow up. I specialize in ecological modeling, with an emphasis on human impacts on populations, ecosystems, and animal communities.
I’m really good at
Science, mathematics, statistics, music (guitar, vocals, African percussion), drawing, shooting pool, dancing, making fractals, picking things up with my toes, using chopsticks, arguing with philosophers, climbing, swimming, parallel parking, making people groan with a shameless pun, and making an entrance.

I have an odd knack for cooking absolutely delectable cuisine without actually measuring anything. I can "eyeball" a perfect tikka masala.

I'm also good at lending a needed ear, being supportive, and offering uplifting advice and perspective. I've been told I'm a natural caretaker.

I'm also a wealth of "stupid human tricks."
The first things people usually notice about me
That I've been sitting there all along, previously unnoticed. I was a ninja in a past life.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
For me, this is the most tedious part of a profile to read, because it's inevitably just a long list, but here goes:

Books: Your Inner Fish, The Monkey in the Mirror, Beak of the Finch, Consilience, anything related to evolution and/or ecology,Naked Lunch, Ishmael, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Culture Jam, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Island, Brave New World, It, The Dark Tower, and many more...

Movies: I like lots of different things; I enjoy cerebral experimental/art films, goofy comedies, you name it, but I mostly wind up falling back on cheesy horror. I tend to enjoy movies Mystery Science Theater style. A few titles: Little Shop of Horrors, the Gremlins movies (yes, the second one, too), Goonies, Fright Night, the Bloodstone movies, Tremors, Critters, Return of the Living Dead, Eraserhead, Blade Runner, Videodrome, Reefer Madness, Airplane, all the Monty Python movies (I don't quote the Holy Grail. However, I do quote the Life of Brian), The Wolfman (the old one), The Howling, the original Dracula, Bram Stoker's Dracula...just a sprinkling.

Music: Pink Floyd, Miles Davis, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Buckethead, Primus, Jane's Addiction, The Smashing Pumpkins, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Tool, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Ben Folds, Poe, Bjork, Nine Inch Nails, Thelonious Monk, Soundgarden, Rush, The Mars Volta, the String Cheese Incident, the Grateful Dead, Apocalyptica, The Parliament Funkadelics, John Coltrane, Pantera, Slayer, Iron Maiden, The Frogs, The Meat Puppets, the Butthole Surfers (especially the older stuff), Ween, Weezer's first two albums, Nina Simone, Melt Banana, Blind Melon...again just a sprinkling.
Six things I could never do without
Hot chile peppers, good company, creative outlets, wild spaces, making music with friends, and a bicycle.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Whether humans are going to survive the mass extinction event we're currently causing, how other organisms experience their existence and how different theirs must be from our own, WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE!? What kinds of amazing phenomena exist beyond the grasp of our five senses, what kinds of knowledge our species will gain before our demise, how nothing happens for a reason, and Oh, Crap! Did I leave my oven on?
On a typical Friday night I am
There are no typical Friday nights. There's absolutely nothing typical about me or my life.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm not wearing any underwear. :0
You should message me if
1) you think blasphemy is hilarious. We'll get along famously. Come on, now, blasphemy really is hilarious.

2) you don't think evolution and global climate change are hoaxes, or that the scientific community is in the business of pulling off conspiracies. Anyone who has any exposure to the peer review process knows that scientists are anything but a cohesive group standing united to push an agenda.

3) You love to ride bicycles

4) You love to swim

5) You can sing. That makes you 5X more attractive to me. If you can carry harmony or hold down a melody while I harmonize that makes you 10X more attractive.

Don't be discouraged if 3-5 don't apply to you. You might be able to score an A in my book without racking up any bonus points. 1 and 2 are pretty much mandatory.
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