64 Somerville, United States
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My self-summary
A lot of people's profiles read like a cv; they list their strong points, mentioning their healthful lifestyles, their positive outlooks, their confidence and well-adjustedness. I think that's wrong. I don't see the search for a friend or lover as being like applying for a job. What I find attractive in someone is not defined by qualifications, but by the many unpredictable, little things that add up to a personality. So what I attempt to do here is describe myself, part of myself, realistically.

I'm a non-conformist, slightly cynical idealist. I tend to be quiet, which many people misinterpret as shyness. I'm just not good at making small talk. Even so, I think everyone, is fundamentally worthy of respect and capable of greatness, a conviction which underpins my philosophical and political outlook.

I enjoy technology, science, power pop, reading, tomatoes, limericks, beer and wild weather. Even opera and Mahler, on rare occasions, but beware: my tastes are not particularly highbrow in general. My sense of humor is whimsical and a bit earthy. I dislike formality, slow drivers, fundamentalism. I'm also not real keen on writing about myself, so it's better to just ask questions.

Then there's the sense of humor thing. Everyone likes a "good sense of humor". What I mean by that is that I find humor in lots of mundane things, not that I can always make everyone laugh. And my sense of humor is odd. Childish, almost. For example, this skeleton walks into a bar and orders a drink...and a mop. Now, see, I think that is hilarious! Most folks think it's marginally amusing. As I say, I'm a bit off. Whimsical.
What I’m doing with my life
Formulating a long-term strategy for surviving economically while pursuing my interests. Beyond that, I'm working to become unconditionally happy and help others to do the same. Yeah, I know, it sounds pretentious, but it's a natural consequence of my involvement with Buddhism.
I’m really good at
Spending lots of time reading stuff on the Internet. Well, who isn't? OK, how about writing light, rhymed verse. If you piss me off, I'll write a limerick about you.
The first things people usually notice about me
Is that I'm there, because they didn't see me enter the room.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Sci-Fi novels by the late astrophysicist Fred Hoyle, Islandia, dictionaries, graphic novels (e.g., From Hell), Paul Krugman. Haven't read much classic or contemporary literature. I tend to stick to nonfiction. No particular reason other than time and necessity.

Movies: Dr. Strangelove, Cook and Moore Bedazzled, American Beauty, Clerks, LOTR, Avatar, District 9, The Social Network, The King's Speech... On TV: Some politics, Dr. Robot, Mad Men (still not finished the last two seasons), Orange Is The New Black, House of Cards, others. Oh, and Breaking Bad was awesome.

Food: my own bizarre cooking.
The six things I could never do without
Air, food, shelter, music, electric power and the Internet. OK, the last two I could live without, theoretically, but after having to do just that at home for days at a time after Irene and Sandy I can't say I'm eager to repeat the experience. I also value my time alone, strange to say.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
politics, lately. And life.
On a typical Friday night I am
Home alone wondering where everyone went.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Briefs, not boxers.
You should message me if
1. You realize "message" is not a verb.

2. You're intrigued by my profile, have progressive views, and are looking for a man who thinks that the set of one's lovers must be a proper subset of the set of one's friends.

3. You've answered at least 100 questions and have a match percentage over 80 and an enemy percentage less than 25. The percentages are far from definitive of compatibility, it's true, but they're a reasonable starting point.

Also, if your entire comment is, "Hello. I liked your profile.", I may not respond. Ask a question. Express an opinion. Let's make it a two-way street.