AndrewofAus
32 Manhattan, United States
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My self-summary
I'm an ambitious, thoughtful Aussie who was lucky enough to get a one-way ticket to NYC with my job. Manhattan via Melbourne and Paris.

I like my food spicy (or sweet), my whisky smooth, and my humor dry.

I'm an insatiable movie lover, and you'll often find me watching the latest indie films. Some of this comes from studying in Paris, the world cinema capital. Related: I'm a bit of a Francophile.

Both professionally and personally, I'm passionate about technology and design, and how they're changing the world.

I get along best with people who are motivated, kind and don't take things too seriously.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a design strategist at a management consultancy, basically a translator between business, technology and design. Half suit-wearing consultant, half jeans-clad designer. The jeans usually win.

That said, I've been a little too focused on work the past year. So my 2016 resolution is to balance things out with more good food, more live music and more getting out of town for a hike or just travel in general. I have airline miles to burn, and I'd love some company!
I’m really good at
I have perfect pitch, which has definitely helped my karaoke game.

I speak fluent French, having studied in Paris. Parles-tu français aussi?

I'm also really *bad* at lying. I blush like crazy. By extension, I'd be abysmal at poker, if I played.
The first things people usually notice about me
It's usually the accent. Australian, with British undertones from growing up in the inner suburbs of Melbourne.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books - It's tough, but Cormac McCarthy, Joseph Heller, Isaac Asimov and Kurt Vonnegut top the list right now. I'm 100% open to recommendations.

Movies - I'm mad for indies, sci-fi and anything that's a bit dark or makes you think. Lately that's been Spotlight, The Big Short, Room and Whiplash. I'll watch anything from the Coen brothers, Almodovar or Fincher.

Shows - In 2015, I was raving about Fargo, Black Mirror, Mr Robot and Daredevil. Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. Curb Your Enthusiasm, Star Trek and the West Wing are all-time favorites.

Music - Jazz, rock. indie. Miles Davis to Caravan Palace, via Girl Talk, Manu Chao, Arctic Monkeys, and alt-J. And always The Beatles.

Food & Drink - Italian, Mexican, Thai and Japanese are my favorites, but I love exploring new cuisines. The spicier the better. I like a Malbec, pinot grigio, smooth whisky, or well-mixed Old Fashioned.
The six things I could never do without
- A design challenge to keep my mind occupied
- New York's cultural, culinary and drinking scenes
- New movies and TV shows to watch
- Running shoes
- My passport (and work visa)
- Chili. Did I mention I like my food spicy?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How better design can help us improve the world we live in.

Where to go next for dinner or drinks. What's the next movie I should watch.
On a typical Friday night I am
Out in the city or nearby Brooklyn, having dinner and a few drinks with friends. Maybe catching a movie or a live show.
You should message me if
You balance NYC intensity with light-heartedness and a quick wit.

You can appreciate a guy who is eternally curious about the world and is excited to share his passion for learning with you.

You want to skip the small talk.
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