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My self-summary
"Be careful who you give your precious energy to." -a close female friend


If I could transfer all my Facebook likes to OkCupid likes, I'd probably already be married.

I'm sad that OkCupid eliminated the quizzes - they were the fun part of the website that brought me to it. Now there's just, well, dating >__<. Though, I hope to be someone's favorite person someday. So send a message if you'd like to explore Discovery Park, make ceramic pottery at PaintTheTown, fold paper animals, or see the terracotta warriors at PacSci.

me: curious, contemplative, creative, calm in confrontation, ambitious while not aggressive, affable... and apparently alliterative.

you: optimistic, loves learning, adventurous, artsy or musical.

past: ✅ college, remaining debt
present: 🔃 career, enjoying time single with friends, reducing stuff load
future: ⌛ looking for love, house? children?

motivations: building, knowledge, auditory/visual aesthetics, puzzle solving.

origins: Oregon -> Texas -> Washington.

interests: languages, typography, math, fractals, psychology, photography, drawing, music theory, biology, genealogy, hiking.

video: https://youtu.be/sByx4s20EXI?t=37s

personality traits:
Johari: http://kevan.org/johari?view=piken
HEXACO: http://pikensoft.com/docs/HEXACO.html]
What I’m doing with my life
Writing code on the weekdays, enjoying little adventures on the weekends. I'm mostly satisfied with who I am (my career is mentally stimulating, actually pushes the field forward, and affects millions of lives in a small way), but there is more left to explore in life, and for that, it seems it takes two.

"Ah, The NGWJHMTRGYAHRWPWSLAHWTPE. The NGWJHMTRGYAHRWPWSLAHWTPE is enjoying his life. He likes his job, he likes his friends, and he likes being single just fine. He’s in no rush to be in a relationship and feels totally confident that at some point, he’ll meet the right girl and get married."

visited: much of the Puget Sound, half the states, Mexico, Canada, Spain, Italy, Costa Rica, and Japan. Would like to see Australia, Ireland, and Germany.

things tried: paragliding, hot yoga (2016-08-11), flyboarding, skydiving, swinging from a 14-story platform, playing piano in front of 200 people, crawling through a cave, cosplay at a geeky convention.

things untried: paddleboarding, bicycling in the Solstice Parade, hot air balloon...
I’m really good at
Drawing (pencil, pen, conté crayon, chalk), origami
Playing piano (started age 9, but rusty now - my Roland must feel neglected).
• Figuring out how things work, especially spatial puzzles.
• Handwriting (others are always surprised when they see my signature on a restaurant receipt).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
synopsis - Scientific American, art nouveau, StarDust, Zelda, psytrance, white chocolate, 13, royal blue, Ailurus fulgens

✍🎨art - art nouveau, pixel art, ⓐⓢⓒⓘⓘ art

books - Sigh, I've got 62 that I need to get rid of and at least 40 that I need to read. I don't have time to date!... Click the Magic of Connections, Origami for the Enthusiast.

food - chocolate&coconut, not coffee&durian

humor - benign violations of expectation
"Immanuel doesn't pun; he Kant."
"Veridian Dynamics - we make your life better... usually"
A good paraprosdokian or antanaclasis usually brings a smile.

music - harmony+rhythm+emotion
Lindsey Stirling, Loreena McKennit, Enigma, Delirium, Juno Reactor, Shpongle, Infected Mushroom, Bond, David Garrett, Yanni, Tiësto, Parov Stelar, Koji Kondo, Nobuo Uematsu, Hiroki Kikuta, Rammstein, [x]-Rx, Nightwish, Faun, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer

🎹 instruments - piano, violin, pennywhistle.

shows - scifi/fantasy/witty comedy. I don't have any regular shows, but will burn through a season now and then.
Person of Interest, Better Off Ted, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Big Bang Theory, Castle, Burn Notice, Chuck, Star Trek TNG, FireFly, Stargate SG-1, Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5, Doctor Who, Gargoyles, Mushishi, Monster, Kino's Journey, Cowboy Bebop

movies - scifi/adventure/fantasy (but I enjoy all kinds)
Stardust, 13th Floor, Mummy Returns, How To Train Your Dragon, Gattaca, Equilibrium, Spirited Away, Inception, Jurassic Park, Star Trek (4 & 11), Moulin Rouge, Hitch, Liar Liar, Bolt, Despicable Me, Wreck-It Ralph, Amélie

games - exploration and puzzle solving (mostly older ones)
Zelda {*}, Chrono Trigger, Mario RPG, Tales of Symphonia, Metroid
Six things I could never do without
• warmth - sun/hot chocolate on a cold day
• interesting people - show me new things
• little creations I've made - past drawings/programs
• some form of static media - my books and magazines
• some form of interactive media - games and shows
• internet - how else are you supposed to answer your burning random questions such as the world record for the longest hair or biggest collection of Daleks?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
"The more swiss cheese you have, the more holes you have. The more holes you have, the less swiss cheese you have. Therefore, the more swiss cheese you have, the less swiss cheese you have."

Why is it that people who are "out-of-phase" in all those scifi episodes don't fall through the floor? (among other unsettled plot holes) Why google advertises liposuction to me of all people when there are plenty of Inuits in need of good ice cubes? Add to that dozens of topics that pique my interest over time.

Motivations behind other's actions, and my own. No, really: http://pikensoft.com/temp/motivations.txt

How to find the needles in this huge haystack. It's a lot of effort to read hundreds of profiles! (though, I do enjoy it, as everyone has unique and interesting points)
On a typical Friday night I am
Might be a movie, visiting a friend/vice versa to play either video or board games, or just staying indoors catching up on a queue of YouTube/TED talk videos.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
"Nothing, for it's the big vewy scewy internet" ... Oi, show you have a sense of levity, and tell the world something completely completely harmless, such as...

• Cringes around hypodermic needles. Circus clowns are pretty scary too. Though, the number 13 is quite lucky.
• Was red-haired as infant until it darkened. Still sinister as ever though (left-handed).
• M&M's are eaten as follows: brown, orange, red, yellow, green, blue.
• My oldest known ancestor is Jonathan Andrew Tierce, born ~1745 in Ireland, and my initials are that of an American President (Yes, the dead one. No, the other dead one).
• Never too old for cartoons (series or movies).
• Don't play with them anymore, but I still have every one of my LEGO's.
• Hate the sound of my voice. Not sexy >_<.
• I danċe to the lively music when no one else is looking (care to sing to Haiducii Dragostea din tei with me? It's seriously happier than any song should be).
• I do not have IED, LFT, Münchausen syndrome, OCPD, Self-Abasement, or Asperger's Syndrome, and I definitely don't have hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia, or else it would have taken all my courage just to finish typing that last word!
• I won't waste my time or yours with lies that you'd find out anyway after meeting, and the truth is a heck of a lot easier to remember!
You should message me if
...you have a friend you think I should meet, or if you want to introduce a new passion to me / join me for one we already share. I like optimistic souls with curiosity and cheer, especially the bookish geeks, slightly outdoorsey intellectuals, musically inclined, mathy, weird, and artsy people. I used this site for dating for a while, and 20+ dates later via this site, I may not have met my mate, but I've met 6 cool friends including one of my best. So I will keep the profile here.

Now enjoy some links...
• What it looks like when I receive a message first: http://imgur.com/gallery/vxKOi
• Answer the OKC questions in ways that improve your match percentages: http://okcupid-guide.livejournal.com/4316.html
• Why online dating leaves neither side satisfied (more is less): http://www.ted.com/talks/barry_schwartz_on_the_paradox_of_choice.html
• brief LEGO LoTR word-play humor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnXGFkoMQ_k
• some beautiful choir music http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7a2u9v0V0c
• being everything at once http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB2MBop0cLo.
• a commercial with inspiring music that makes you want to travel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqsTqiBrPZQ.
• have I mentioned that I love Faun's music? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U10ftE4XQvo
• and my website, devoted to random musings and old retro video game utilities (http://pikensoft.com/) which will turn away most of you, but perhaps appeal to the precious few.
• Dog goes woof, cat goes meow, bird goes tweet, mouse goes squeak...
The two of us