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My self-summary
tl;dr Me: Analytically omnivorous; supportive, thoughtful, honest companion; peripatetic, animated conversationalist; educated, skilled, and experienced explorer; ardent and diverse competitor; reader, watcher, listener, speaker; gourmand, amateur cook; physically active and intellectually-engaged human; Instagram: asaspouts

What I’m looking for: Openness to romance, intelligence, honesty, thoughtfulness, epicurean temperament, physical activity and health. Aesthetically, I like the look of someone who is fit and comfortable with her natural self. Little or no makeup and a wardrobe that does not sacrifice function for form is my preference. I may ask you for a photo, but just to get a feel for who you are (and not because I’ve got any ideal type in mind).

Things people want to know:

Geography: I live in and love Echo Park. I’ve lived in LA for more than ten years. I’ve spent time in China, Mongolia, Tibet, Spain, Morocco, and Hawaii; and I’ve also lived in Northern California and Utah. When I’m travelling, I love exploring the world by the seat of my pants and writing about my adventures. If you love exploring LA and the world without fear we’ll have a blast together.

Work: I’m currently work as front-end software developer who designs and engineers applications for cloud solutions. I’ve also been a professional poker player, English teacher in China, casino table games expert, and door-to-door salesman. I have bachelor degrees are in Neurobiology and Sociology. My ultimate professional goal is to develop my own business using my skills. I’m working to become a data scientist. I don’t care whether you are successful in business or a profession, honing an art or a craft, educating yourself, or finding out what you want to do with your life as long as you are engaged in following through on your own passions and ambitions.

Religion: I’m an atheist through and through. I view organized religion (including ideology) as something that can encourage mental rigidity and inflexibility. That being said, if you have a spiritual side but are not dogmatic or overbearing about your beliefs, I have no problem with them. I will not to be dogmatic or overbearing about my lack of belief.

Human Sexuality: I enjoy sex and want my partner to enjoy it as well. My predilections are vanilla but I’m open to new experiences; if you’re interested in something in particular, just ask… first. The thing I enjoy most is giving my partner pleasure. I appreciate the beauty and generosity of a responsive woman and hope to share with her the physical confidence that I feel about myself.

Relationships: Ultimately, I want a mutually supportive relationship with an equal partner whom I can trust to always be open and honest with me, and, most importantly, who I can have some fun with! But, I feel that dating, like life, is a journey and I’m open to whatever happens along the way. As in all things, if you’re honest and forthright with me about what you’re looking for I’ll let you know if it works for me.

Children: I’m not looking for a relationship with the primary goal of having children. If I’m with someone for a while and we have a strong and healthy relationship, I’m open to having children (natural or adopted). If I don’t have children I won’t feel like I missed something in my life.

Pets: I have a turtle, Marle, who just turned 30. I also have a very fluffy long-haired, cow-colored cat, Scrambles the Deathdealer, or less formally, Mr. Scrambles.

Gotchas: I don’t drive. I don’t have any trouble getting around as a result of this (struth), but if this is an issue better you know now.

I can become totally engrossed in a single thought or activity. If you talk to me and I respond with only half my brain, I may need a good shake from you (and experience minor amnesia).

While kind and thoughtful about important aspects of relationships and communications, I can be inattentive or forgetful of minor social conventions: For example, I don’t always remember to put the toilet seat down; I sometimes forget birthdays and holidays; I have to work on niceties such as greetings and compliments. But if you help me to understand what matters to you, that will matter to me, too.

On occasion I do enjoy marijuana and psychedelics; if you do as well I’m sure we can have wonderful experiences enjoying these substances together. On the other hand, if drinking or drug use bother you, I have no problem being soberly compos mentis when we are together.

More About Myself and Our Potential Commingling:

I am a student of the world and devourer of knowledge and experience. I am driven to understand and explore the world. I’m looking for someone who wants to have new experiences together and share in a journey of understanding. I love reason and appreciate it in others even when they draw different conclusions.

I have comfortably thick skin. I like being honest and straightforward; I appreciate the same in my companions. If you are honest, open, inquisitive, and speak your mind I will never consider that a fault.

In my conversation there are both fervor and levity, wild exclamations, meandering trains of thought, plenty of non sequiturs, and unabashedly honest inquisition. I also do public speaking through Toastmasters. Let’s discourse together.

My humor is sometimes sarcastic, often self-deprecating or cynical, (hopefully) intelligent, and always good spirited. I enjoy puns way too much. If your jokes are bawdy or dark, or you’re skilled in the art of punnery, we’ll have a lot of pun together.

I like to stay active and I love to compete. I care less about winning than about playing optimally and to the best of my potential, and making consistent improvement. I often curse myself but seldom my opponents. If someone shares a competitive interest with me that’s always a great way to get to know each other. However, by no means is a competitive disposition a prerequisite for getting along though.

I enjoy board games (new and classic), card games, strategy games, cards against humanity, and video games, although none to excess. I’ve become a passionate ping pong player. I’m equally obsessed and frustrated by golf. I’m an avid basketball player (solid D, no O) and NBA fan. Go Spurs! I’ve taken up bouldering recently. I’m always down for a good hike. I work out, run, and stretch to keep my body together.

I love being outdoors, particularly at night. I love the wild, including ruins ancient and modern, but I always come back to the metropolises. If you enjoy exploring LA or the world, we’ll never lack for activities. If you enjoy hikes or strolls at night, even better.

I am an eager and adventurous eater and drinker,also an aspiring cook. I’ve eaten starfish, sparrows, crickets, live lobster, every part of a lamb, and every fruit and vegetable I can find. If you are passionate about eating we will never lack for conversation and bonhomie between bites.

My best homemade dishes are simple meat and fish from my cast iron skillet paired with fresh fruits and veggies. I love either to help or to have help in the kitchen.

I have little stomach for the 24-hour news cycle but I am a passionate reader of my Economist every week (and Cabinet quarterly). I like to stay informed on the world, emerging research, and good data; I enjoy synthesizing data and thinking about public policy.

I love film, literature, non-fiction prose, and art. I have my passions and pretensions. I tend towards the dark, artistic, and absurd. I enjoy all kinds of music but usually find myself listening to classic rock, a handful of new albums, or 90s hip hop.

Don't beat around the beard! Send me a message and tell me how you'd like to get to know each other. If you have a first date in mind, even better!

Quotes I like:
Fearlessness is better than a faint-heart for any man who puts his nose out of doors. The length of my life and the day of my death were fated long ago.
-The Norse Myths (For Scirnis)

Unceasing change turns the wheel of life, and so reality is shown in all it's many forms.
-Phil Jackson (Sacred Hoops via the Sutras)

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.
- Marcus Aurelius (Meditations)

We are trying to prove ourselves wrong as quickly as possible, because only in that way can we find progress.
Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it.

- Richard Feynman

There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you will still get the same soaking. This understanding extends to everything.
- Tsunetomo Yamamoto (Hagakure)
What I’m doing with my life
Relaxing, enjoying the passage of time, expanding my knowledge, improving myself, drinking coffee, playing ping pong.
I’m really good at
Handling novel situations. Learning, analysis, ratiocination.
The first things people usually notice about me
The unusual accent and cadence of my speech. My uncommon first name. Beard.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Salinger, Dostoevsky, Murakami, Ishiguro, Celine, Hunter S. Thompson, H.P. Lovecraft, Orwell, Bukowski, Fante, Poe

anything pickled, crazy cheeses, dry aged steak, brussell sprouts, live lobster sashimi, shabu shabu, yakitori, dim sum, korean bbq, raw oysters, fatburger, asparagus, tzatzki

TV: BoJack Horseman! Last Week Tonight, True Detective (both seasons), Game of Thrones, Archer, Metalocalypse, Southpark, Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1, Battlestar Galactica, Sherlock, Luther, It's Always Funny in Philadelphia, The Wire, Oz, Akira, A Better Tomorrow and #2, Hard Boiled, The Deer Hunter, The Professional, The Wrestler, Bezerk, Layer Cake, Happiness, Paprika, Akira, Evangelion, Lain, Heart She Holler

Music: Tame Impala, Frank Ocean, Spoon, Toots & The Maytals, Kendrick Lamar, Neil Young, Polica, Future of the Left, Stepdad, Wu Lyf, The Kinks, David Bowie, The Beatles, Neil Young, Mos Def, A Tribe Called Quest, 2pac, NWA, Eazy E, Nina Simone, Ornette Coleman, Skip James, Portishead, Stereolab, Guided by Voices, Johnny Cash, Elliot Smith, AA Bondy, Rodriguez, Fleetwood Mac, Cream
The six things I could never do without
acceptance of change
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Data science, public policy, evolutionary systems, economics, front end dev, puns
On a typical Friday night I am
Enjoying good food, good drinks, and good company. Or recuperating.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm not a very private person. Ask me anything you'll get an honest answer.
You should message me if
Don't beat around the beard! Send me a message and tell me how you'd like to get to know each other. If you have a first date in mind, even better!