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My self-summary
I am a slightly reformed physics nerd. I don't wear a pocket protector, but I have favorite scientists and given half a chance I will talk math or science to anyone. It's not as bad as it used to be, but make no mistake, I am still a big nerd. I'm making some changes lately so I'm a bit off my rhythm at times, but my longer term goals are still on track.

I went to UT, and then to grad school in Wisconsin. I came back to Texas partly because it's just too damned cold there. I like my job. I like my friends, but they tend to live in the Austin area, so that's where I spend most weekends. My family moved to the Dallas area soon after I did a little over four years ago. That would be my parents, an older bother and younger sister. If you're doing the math I spent a year back in Austin underemployed and living with friends after grad school. The economy was melting down and killed my best job prospects there. I ended up stumbling into a great job up in Dallas.

I'm no master chef but I can cook. I read a lot. I often like to drive and walk fast. If I have a destination in mind, I'd just as soon get there. It's not that I cannot appreciate the journey when the journey is the point, but a trip for groceries is not a journey. It's an errand and my time is precious. I am a late adopter of smartphone technology so I am sometimes wildly out of touch with what they can do. The plus side is I still get child-like glee from things that are banal to most of the populace.

My profile pictures are old. I keep telling myself I should update those sometime, but never in a good picture taking moment. In the meantime, imagine the guy in the pictures, but with short hair, and clean shaven.
What I’m doing with my life
I work for a consulting firm by day. I read a lot. I used to watch too much TV, but I'm not finding myself free and at home so much these days. I trek down to Austin pretty often. My "routine" is pretty disrupted at the moment, which is probably a good thing. It's good to shake things up from time to time. It does make it hard to describe "What I'm doing with my life." Let's say I'm working on it.
I’m really good at
...math? Finding the bright side. Making connections. Analyzing data.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I read while walking. It's not that the book I'm reading is necessarily so great I can't put it down, but unless it's really crowded there's no reason I can't put my attention elsewhere and still walk. Plus I work on the 45th floor. That's a long elevator ride. Life is short, make use of those moments.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
a) Thief of Always, Siddhartha (or anything else by Herman Hesse), Atlas Shrugged, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (T. E. Lawrence's book), The Commanding Heights, Godel Escher Bach, Earthly Powers, American Caesar, Guns, Germs, and Steel, The Prize.
b) Casablanca, anything Kevin Smith, Fight Club, Office Space, The Princess Bride, Super Troopers, Secretary, D.E.B.S., The Marx Brothers, Moonrise Kingdom was really good lately, so was Cloud Atlas.
c) Lately Butch Walker has been rocking my musical world. Halestorm. I'm a big Pink fan. Pearl Jam and generally all grunge. Concrete Blonde. Meatloaf. Cowboy Mouth. Some classical, a lot of classic rock. I have a soft spot for early 90's west coast rap. I love all sorts of music, though not much country.
d) yes, I love food.
Six things I could never do without
Turns out I'm pretty good at getting by without things. Let's take a fresh stab though. Friends and family seemed like the top of the list but those aren't things, those are people.
1. A car
2. A phone
3. Internet access
4. A good book (or twelve)
5. Work. It doesn't need to be my current work, but if I don't do something productive from time to time, I'll go crazy.

Five is good, no need to go for six.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Pragmatism versus idealism.

Without chasing the ideal, you're always compromising, and often halfway between two workable solutions is an absolutely unworkable mess.

I've been the unshakable idealist for as long as I can remember, but the really hard problems don't always have an ideal solution. Life is messy and people are messy and to ignore that seems to invite trouble. I guess I'm trying to decide if pragmatic politics is selling out or growing up.
On a typical Friday night I am
Driving from Dallas to Austin to see friends or exploring Dallas.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Then is wouldn't be very private now would it? Private admissions are not for posting openly on the internet, they're for in person communication.
You should message me if
You want to meet someone new. That's why I'm here anyway.
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