33 Baton Rouge, United States
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My self-summary
FYI: It is probably best not to take me too seriously.

Also, I stalk lots of profiles, and I probably double-stalk quite a bit too, because I never remember who I've looked at before.

Someone recently asked me what I wanted out of life. I hadn't really thought about it much, or at least not to the point where I had a good answer prepared. I thought for a few seconds and said, "I want to be happy and awesome." I've thought about this question several times since, trying to come up with a better answer, but I think that pretty much covers it.

On a recent trip with my best friend (I forget what led into this), she said, "You know, I don't think there's anything you could do to make me stop loving you. Even if you killed my family, I would still love you. I'd be pissed... but I'd still love you."

I replied, "Yeah, you'd be thinking, 'I'm sure he has his reasons.'"

And I would, because that's the kind of guy I am. I'm not going to kill my best friend's family for no good reason. I am a pretty reasonable guy.

I am algorithm-based, solutions-oriented, and terminally groovy.
What I’m doing with my life
I graduated from LSU with a math degree and took a job as a draftsman/light designer/database handler/instructor/IT guy in electrical and instrumentation engineering. Then I got laid off and went back to school for economics, but I dropped out for a job in forensic accounting.

I'm also working on making the greatest drinking game ever in time, mostly because I don't really enjoy being intoxicated, and I'm trying to make it fun.

I also spend a lot of time trying to open up peoples' minds a bit, usually in areas in which people have strong unexamined beliefs. As might be expected, this is not always met with enthusiasm. I've noticed that whether they're Republicans, Democrats, Feminists, or something else, most people do not like hearing things that make them question what they think. Lots of people pay lip service to being open minded, but I've been called a great many names (including closed-minded) by those same people for little more than saying true things. I don't think true things should ever offend someone, but if they do, I'm probably going to offend them as much as possible.

Update: Currently unemployed and having fun while I plan my next move. I don't really have any ties here anymore, so I'm considering relocating. Feel free to make a pitch for your city.
I’m really good at
Coming up with rational solutions to problems, discussing controversial issues without getting personally involved, not being emotionally manipulated, not getting upset over silly things, and learning tons of crap on the internet that may or may not become useful someday.

I've also studied math, economics, philosophy, various other subjects a bit. I dabble too much, so I'm not as knowledgeable as someone that had specialized in one field their entire life, but I could probably still hold intelligent conversations with them about most of it. Still learning.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I don't get enough sun. On the bright side, i'll probably appreciate it when I'm older and look extremely young for my age.

Honestly, I think I generally escape notice. I'm not particularly driven to socialize, nor do I have a compulsion to hear myself talk, so I tend to stay quiet around people I don't know unless my knowledge or opinions are desired. If I'm talking to someone, they probably notice that I'm direct.

snarkasaurus: First thought? "Anyone who can take a photo like this and not take it seriously automatically wins in my book."
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
(a) Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand), Time Enough For Love (Robert Heinlein). Economics, math, and philosophy dominate my bookshelf though.
Currently reading: Brave New World (Aldous Huxley), House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski)

(b) It's hard to describe what movies I like, except to say that I most appreciate movies that are well-crafted and original and have some depth and subtlety. Short of that, most horror movies have something in them worth watching, even if it's not intentional.

(c) I really enjoyed Dexter. The X-Files and Star Trek: TNG are also favorites. I prefer Around the Horn for my sports talk, and college football gets a lot of play during football season.

(d) The Benjamins, Grand Champeen, LaGrecia, Lagwagon, Rilo Kiley. Joey Cape is amazing.

(e) I've been called a foodie because my best friend and I used to try out nice restaurants all the time, and I enjoy the atmosphere and dressing up a bit to go out to eat (and fancy is obviously the way to go for dates), but if I'm being honest, I actually prefer fast food to most of it. I couldn't be a bigger Taco Bell fan. I love Dairy Queen, and I go with my family every Friday (#DQFriday). I'm also quite fond of Cajun and BBQ. Sharing desserts on dates is the best.

(f) Comics! I love Dinosaur Comics and Order of the Stick. And I've got a soft spot for Calvin and Hobbes.
The six things I could never do without
Capitalism/Free Markets, competence, logic, emotion, skin, and love.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
math, politics, ethics, education, college football, identity, economics, science, technology, and any number of odd projects that someone of as little artistic talent as myself shouldn't be working on.

How I never noticed how sentimental I was until someone recently pointed it out, and then it blew my mind.

The importance of liberal arts degrees.

Gender differences in economic and political philosophy/psychology and other statistics.

Confirmation bias, and how it affects more than just our beliefs. Why politics makes regular people into horrible trolls, and how to fix that.

How much money I save by correctly not caring about organic food, and how happy that makes me. Also, GMOs are safe and awesome! Previously inedible plants can even be genetically modified to be safe to eat, potentially opening up whole new worlds of recipes.
On a typical Friday night I am
I won't win any awards for most interesting Friday night. I would rate mine more interesting than getting drunk, less interesting than most everything else.

Actually, since my grandmother broke her leg and we moved her to Baton Rouge, Friday night is our family night, and we either all go out to dinner or bring dinner to my grandmother's place. Maybe that's pretty lame, but whatever.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've been on this site for over ten years. It used to be better.

I like cats. Not in a weird way or anything, but I probably like them a lot more than most guys do. I could imagine if there a girl with a cat crushing on me, and the three of us were hanging out, she might occasionally be jealous of the cat. But I guess if she was really awesome, I'd see about making the cat jealous. *edit* My best friend got me a kitten for Christmas, and he's my soul mate and every girl should be jealous forever. It's been nothing but love and cuddles.

If you say "Who Dat?", I will assume you are functionally retarded.

That popped collar picture? I had pretty much gone through college wearing nothing but T-shirts, so when I finally got a real job, I had to go buy some nicer threads. That picture was taken the very first time I wore one of my new collared shirts. I'd heard so much about popped collars, but I'd never actually seen one. After donning the shirt, and suddenly being acutely aware of the collar, I had to see what all the fuss was about. I managed to keep a straight face just long enough to take the picture.

And I'll definitely admit that people refusing to admit anything are not interpreting this question correctly. Seriously kids, if you're not willing to admit it, then it is *by definition* not what this question is asking for. This is a question that was specifically chosen to showcase your openness and uniqueness, not your lack of understanding of the English language.
You should message me if
Honestly, you can write me no matter what, but if you want me to respond, your message should be proof that you're capable of interesting and intelligent conversation. If it is, I'm pretty much guaranteed to respond. If I don't respond, you have failed. I'm very strict about this above requirement. Even if I think you seem awesome, I still won't reply (out of principle) if I can't see the brains behind that pretty face.

If you're up for playing football in the mud and having a discussion about economics, politics, ethics, or almost anything really (as we're spraying each other with the hose to get the mud out), there's a chance I want to date you.

I could also use some more friends. My best friend left for grad school at the end of the summer, and she was a pretty big part of my social interaction. We went out to eat, watched movies, played sports, discussed everything under the sun, and had so much fun together, and now that she's gone, I'm lacking activity partners.

If you have really good reasons I should move to your city. Possibly including job opportunities.

To be honest, I use this site more for entertainment than meeting people. I rarely message anyone, and when I do, it's usually just to ask a question, or offer advice, or some other casual reason. I'm not opposed to messaging, meeting, or anything else, so I wouldn't mind, but that's not generally what I'm here for.

I'm still here because OkCupid used to be a really cool site, full of math and humor, and I'm nostalgic. These days, I mostly like to browse peoples' profiles and read the answers to their questions. In particular, I like to read the "unacceptable answers" and see where we don't agree. I enjoy trying to see the issues from their perspectives and broadening my point of view. At least I'm getting something out of it.