lifeofreilly
45 Reseda, United States
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My self-summary
Part Winston Wolf, part hostage negotiator. I'm a hired gun (brain?) making things better in the world of Biotechnology.

I swear like a sailor and go out of my way to be kind to children, old people and strangers.

I love the geekier things in life, the smarter things in life and filling up my passport.
What I’m doing with my life
I have spent my entire career making things that help people who desperately need it. It was just a job. Then after the fifth, the 10th person came up to me and thanked me for what I was did, what I had helped to make, it dated on me that it was more than that. I help people.

It. Feels. Amazing.

I've found the perfect career allowing me to take off for parts new and exciting for a few months each year. After this taste of paradise I have little interest in a corporate leash, no matter how gilded.

I fill my life with great friends, helping others, learning, and laughter (both quiet and uproarious).

I love my beautiful friends, I love my beautiful life (this includes the friends that don't think they are beautiful- eventually they will understand that they really are).
I’m really good at
Making things better.

Collecting and connecting amazing people.

Going with the flow.

Hosting dinners, BBQs, cocktail parties, birthdays. I live for that kind of thing.

Singing. On special occasions I have been known to break out in song. I was in a drinking group with a singing problem in a past life and some of those sings are still rattling around my head,
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm an extrovert and I'm always smiling. Especially when I do something dumb like trip over nothing. I laugh at myself daily.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
a.) Stephenson, Heinlein, Azimov, Niven, Ellis, Moore (Michael and Alan), Jordan. I haven't read as much as I should lately. I'm sadly out of practice. I gave up the WoW, so I think i'll be picking more of that up now.

b.) Movies? Fight Club, Indiana Jones and the all of them, It's not a movie- but Farscape and Firefly, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness, Blues Brothers, Buckaroo Banzai, Eddie Izzard Dressed to Kill, Shaun of the Dead, The Incredibles, Down With Love, Joe Versus The Volcano. LOST, Carnivale, Smallville, Stargate (both of them), Serenity, Doctor Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog, Battlestar Galactica, Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny, 1408, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou, Star Wars, Star Trek, sci fi, Love Actually, LA Story, Warehouse 13, Eureka, Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, Fringe, Dexter, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Space: 1999, Blake's 7, Misfits, Agent Carter, Agents of Shield, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, The Blacklist, Arrow, The Flash, Ash Vs. the Evil Dead

My guilty pleasures are campy fun movies.

c.) Music? Anything Acapella. Or NPR. But really I'm a KPCC fan and I love podcasts. I listen to Stuff You Should Know all the time as well as Radiolab, Thrilling Adventure Hour, Nature Podcast, Science Podcast, Startalk, The Moth Radio Hour, Note To Self, Invisibilia.

d.) Food: Yes please. I make some fantastic OMFGBBQ.
The six things I could never do without
The internet

NPR

Podcasts

SCIENCE(!) (it pays my bills)

My friends. I am such a social creature. I love being around people most of the time.

Intimacy. (Sex is easy, intimacy is hard to come by)

My house. I've created a happy little nest that I call my own. I love it. It loves me. You may have seen it on the internet and you may have been drunk here.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
On the topic of Religion (going deep here)

Believe what you will. If it brings you peace, happiness, motivates you to do good things both great and small? I'll help. Need a ride?

If, instead, what you believe leads you to violence, hatred, disdain for your fellow man? Perhaps examining the root of that message is in order. Believe what you will, but if it makes you a cranky xenophobic person who feels empowered with a righteous license to hate, keep it to yourself. There is enough of that in this world.

I used to be a presbapterianist, then I had a phase of being a dick about religion when it was clear that the stories we were taught as truth when we were young were really just parables. I felt betrayed. I felt lied to by people I loved and trusted. I felt like I was kept in the dark to suit some other purpose. Once betrayed, my love affair with religion was over.

The earth wasn't created in a few days, evolution brought about the advent of man, etc... I remember being that asshole who would relentlessly argue and debate evolution v. creationism all the time (something I've since learned that no one really wins). Man, I was so good at it (which I am both proud and ashamed to admit).

At some point in my adulthood I mellowed out. I realized that science is a process that deals with objective reality while religion in general deals with Truth.

Your Truth, your narrative of the world, what we are and who we are and what we are all doing here is a deeply personal story that is internal, subjective. Your Truth and your neighbors Truth are very likely different but it doesn't make one any less valid that the other. Feelings just are.

Truth (with a capital T) is a feeling. A deeply held feeling. I have mine, you have yours. Everyone has one.

And you, telling your neighbor that she's wrong about her Truth is akin to telling someone that the dream that *you* had that changed *your* life is the dream that everyone should share. It's like arguing that her dream was wrong...

It's all so very much a subjective thing, but it requires objectivity to see it.

This is not to discount the cultural, social and community aspects of religion. There is such potential for good. I see it do good things for and by people all of the time. Really, a church or temple or mosque or synagogue full of *good* people of *any faith* is a truly beautiful thing to behold and be a part of.

The current, "as seen on the news" kind of problem of course manifests when people are afraid. As people, we fear what we do not understand. Well, most of us. Some of us dive head first in to it and come out the other side with new understanding and, perhaps, a research paper?

The biggest problem with Truth arises when someone is so taken with their internal Truth that they discount objective reality. This, sadly, happens all to often. At best, it's harmless. At worst, you don't take your kids to the hospital and they die. Or they try to impart their Truth upon you.

So... don't be that person. I consider myself a relaxed and groovy atheist. Do your thing. Love your life and people and your dog find your peace.

If you are going to hurt people because of your Truth, make sure it's only yourself. Hurting yourself isn't wrong, necessarily. It's just stupid.
On a typical Friday night I am
Having a night in with friends at my place to get our Sci-Fi Friday on. I'll cook for everyone, we drink cocktails while some enjoy the Sci Fi on TV, some spin fire poi, some soak in the spa or just have lovely nights talking with friends. My house has turned in to Cheers for the Nerd set. As one of my friends says "It's where everyone knows your Klingon name..."
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I was in the LA Times as one of those people that looks like their dog.

Yeah, I know. But he's rad and he didn't mind.

And I was in Doctor Horrible in a purple suit and got an IMDB credit out of it.

I am REALLY bad at taking my own advice. I'm getting better though.
You should message me if
You should message me if you totally want to ask me out on a date and you think we'd click.

You have something fun or creative to share with me.
(I learn by doing and my friends historically, have been great filters for what's good out there).

Be:
Geeky or geek-appreciative women required.

Do:
Tell me about new places, your favorite places, those hidden, great things that most people don't know about. Talk to me about your travels, past or future.

Your awesome. Show it to me. (Yes, I conjugated that correctly- Promise) :)
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