40Cincinnati, United States
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My self-summary
Who am I? I think I find my Myers-Briggs score most telling of who I am and what qualities I am looking for in friends and others. I’m an INFP, an introverted dreamer who feels more than he thinks and does not like to have life planned out in advance. I spend a lot of time thinking and reflecting which is hard enough to turn off that sometimes I need to read my text books out loud so I can stay focused on them.

I’m an agnostic (as you can see) but respect the core ideals of most religions (the golden rule primarily) but often disagree with the way its practiced or used politically. Do I believe in a God? Probably not is my best answer but I’m not convinced that death is the end. This may be an example of my feelings overriding my logic.
What I’m doing with my life
Well I have a job, for some it would be a career but it’s not the end for me. Right now I’m a data manager for a major research university working on a project that studies links between different types of air pollution and health effects.

I also have taken classes in mental health counseling. I’m not too sure how far I’m going to go with that but I definitely want to be more involved with helping people directly than processing data for statisticians.

In my free time I’m a photographer for the local (Cincinnati) fringe festival which is a 2 week long theater and art festival after memorial day. Recently I have become an informal photographer for local bands.

I also started working for a blog called Make Cincinnati Weird which has gotten me access to great things so far like the ability to shoot Cirque du Soleil from the front row.

I like video games with a story. I haven't played one in months so I'm not someone who spends all their time gaming but when I have a new story to get through it's like a really good book I don't want to put down too often.

I guess it’s somehow more manly to watch sports year round and have fantasy leagues of everything from football to golf but I don’t do any of that and I can’t imagine I ever will.

Beyond that, I’m still considering my future.
I’m really good at
Listening and I am taking classes to get even better at it.
I’m also pretty good at working behind the scenes. I’m not someone who likes to be in the spotlight too often so I may be good at not being noticed but its possible that’s just my interpretation.
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m thin and ethnic looking. Half Japanese, half Caucasian.

I’m also very very quiet if I meet someone in a crowd of people I don’t know already. I probably come off as not sociable but those who stick around and give me a chance find that I’m actually quite sociable in small groups.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I listened to the audio book of the Harry Potter series (Stephen Fry version) and the Hitchhiker Guide to the Galaxy series (read by Douglass Adams). Currently I’m reading “The Introvert Advantage” and several text books. In the future I plan on reading “The Highly Sensitive Person” and “Zen in the Art of Archery”. Past favorites have been Issac Asimov’s Robot City series, “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintence”, “A Castle in the Attic”, “The Little Prince”, “Principia Discordia”.

I tend to like movies that provide an escape from reality as opposed to stories that happened or are happening. I’m not a fan of period dramas such as “the Other Boleyn Girl” but I otherwise have a very wide range of movies I’ll enjoy. Horror is probably at the bottom of that list, I have a vivid imagination and get immersed in stuff easily but as I’ve gotten older I find its not as big of a deal to watch. I just won’t pick horror over something else except in rare circumstances. Here’s a pointless list you probably won’t read: Princess Bride, Goonies, Rocky Horror, Reign Over Me, Stranger Than Fiction, What About Bob, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Me and You and Everyone We Know.

A lot of people have been adding television to this list. I don’t actually own a TV anymore but here’s what I’ve been watching on hulu. Glee (Gleek), My So Called Life, Family Guy, American Dad, Cleavland Show, The Simpsons. Also Babylon 5 is maybe my favorite all time series which beat out Star Trek TNG as the prior favorite. I’ve never seen an episode of Lost or Battlestar Galactica (the new one).

I am appalled at myself for not having thought of this before including my favorite TV (hulu) shows. My favorite radio programs/podcasts are:
Radio Lab, This American Life, The Splendid Table, Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me, Market Place Money. I also used to listen to Prairie Home Companion, Car Talk and Speaking of Faith but don’t often listen to any of them anymore.

I go through phases of listening to different bands. I also listen to local bands often such as Serenity Fisher. My favorite is eels. Other favorites are Radiohead, Mazzy Star, Dido, Postal Service, Pink Floyd, Ani DiFranco.

Am I vegetarian? I guess the real question is, am I vegetarian yet? The short answer is no, not yet. The long answer is, I know what mechanically separated chicken is, I know that processed meats may be soaked in ammonia and then artificially flavored to taste like meat again. I’ve had some really bad chicken experiences at area restaurants for lunch. Overall my tastes are eclectic. I like Indian, Mexican, Thai, Japanese, good Italian, Mediterranean. I recently had Ethiopian with a friend. I don’t like mushrooms but I’ve been working on that, it’s not going well though. I love garlic and oregano.
Six things I could never do without
On my person I tend to have chap stick, my cell phone and a wallet. My cellphone is also a radio/music player and is often the closest camera to me when my cat does something cute. Of course I know that this question should really be read as, the six things I am uncomfortable existing without. So short answer:
Lip Balm
Cell Phone
Animal Companionship
Something to think about
Someone else to care about
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I tend to daydream a lot and this means I spend a lot of time thinking about scenarios that will never happen. I also think about other peoples problems a lot or just anything I’ve heard, read or thought about recently.

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one
-John Lennon
On a typical Friday night I am
Its kinda rare that I go out on Friday because I work late. So typically I’m home, probably here or on facebook or attempting to get an early start on school work.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m more a relationship guy than a casual dating guy, actually I’ve never casually dated. One person I met from here is one of the best friends I’ve ever had but we have a mutually platonic relationship and neither of us is interested in it going further.
You should message me if
you think we’d like each other.

I don't tend to make a good first impression, and maybe that translates to not composing a good first message either. If you aren't either than that's ok, I'll understand. I don’t think my profile reflects some of the lighter sides of my personality, the random silliness and humor I often express on a regular basis.

Also I have an undergraduate minor in Women's Studies. Some people seem to find that cool, hopefully it separates me from the masses a little bit.
The two of us