39Skokie, United States
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My self-summary
It was once pointed out to me that I should stress that I am NOT A SKINHEAD at the beginning of my profile. My shaved head is not a political statement.

Robert Heinlein included a bit character in his novel Friday known as "The World's Foremost Expert on Absolutely Everything." As soon as I read about him, I wanted to be him. My continuing quest is to learn everything about everything.

My friends won't play Trivial Pursuit with me anymore.

Considering that the same issue has ended my last two relationships, let me be up front about this: I do not like kids. I do not want kids. I will not change my mind about this after we've been dating for a while. If your goal here is to find somebody to breed with, I'm not the droid you're looking for.

I have a weakness for petite brunettes in glasses (blame my early programming), but other than that, I don't really have a type. My former girlfriends have run the gamut from Tinkerbell to Amazon and blonde to black. Intelligence is a must, and education (not necessarily formal) is a requirement. My best friend is quite well educated despite dropping out of college halfway through a fine arts degree.

I Just moved out to Skokie and work in the Loop. If you are based out of the South Side or south/western suburbs, distance becomes an issue. I have been contacted by two women recently who each lived more than an hour away from me, and that fact alone took them out of the running.
What I’m doing with my life
I have a BA in History with a minor in Physics. I have an MS in Library and Information Science. I am interested in some aspect of just about everything. Once I have paid down some of my student loan debt, I'll likely get another degree in some totally unrelated field.

I work for the EPA as a records and electronic discovery manager.

I practice Sanshou and Muay Thai at a martial arts school in Edgewater called EKF.

It's a shame that the Details section doesn't include pets other than dogs and cats. I recently adopted an Arizona mountain kingsnake, a Mexican black kingsnake, and a handful of small lizards. Recently, my roommate rescued a neglected bearded dragon and an abandoned uromastyx. Our house is turning into an interesting menagerie. I'm also a member of the Chicago Herpetological Society, so a couple times a month I go hang out with other people interested in reptiles and amphibians.
I’m really good at
Research, snarky comebacks thought of just a moment too late to be really effective, finding odd things on the internet, trivia, breaking things and then rebuilding them, starting projects and not quite finishing them, not quite managing to clean off my desk or workbench regardless of the amount of time allotted for the task.
The first things people usually notice about me
If we're outside, it's probably the fedora. If we're inside, I imagine it's the shaved head.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: My print library numbers close to 2,000 volumes. My digital library is somewhere north of 4,000. I enjoy science fiction where the physics has some resemblance to reality, but will pick up just about anything that catches my eye. Either I read too fast or my commute is too long. In the last two weeks, I have gone through about 15 books on my Kindle.
I own just about everything Terry Pratchett has ever written. I have read all of Heinlein, Bester, Niven, Stross, Gibson, and several dozen others. I hate finding new authors that I like, because they have published so few books yet.

Movies: Hard Boiled, Casablanca, Blazing Saddles, Serenity, The 9th Configuration, Boondock Saints, The Thin Man series, Arsenic and Old Lace, Kurosawa's Yojimbo, Leone's A Fist Full of Dollars, Walter Hill's Last Man Standing (bonus points to anyone who can tell me the commonality among the last three), anything directed by John Woo and starring Chow Yun Fat before they left Hong Kong, anything with Humphrey Bogart and/or Myrna Loy. Hudson Hawk will always have a strange little place in my heart.

Music: I'm all over the place. I have odd tastes and get bored with bands easily. That being said, I still listen to some of the punk and industrial that I blasted in my teen years. It just depends on my mood (and the vagaries of shuffle) whether I'm listening to Leonard Cohen or Maynard.

Food: I worked for several years in a gourmet Italian kitchen and adore baking pastas. Beyond that, if I can eat it without having to chase it down, I'm cool. Never any fast food.
I'm a big fan of cooking elaborate meals when I have people to share them with, but otherwise, I tend to live on granola, houmus, bratwurst, and the occasional salad (not at the same time).
Six things I could never do without
Coffee, smartphone, Zippo, pocket knife, boots, books
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Boolean search strings. Metadata related legal opinions. Why attorneys need me to explain the law to them when it comes to the preservation and production of data.

How do you get nitric acid stains out of skin.

Just how much voltage is required to electroetch silver, and what is the best electrolyte solution for the process.

Why the majority of my friends are attractive women with whom I share no romantic interest.

What to do when one of your anoles doesn't seem interested in eating, and appears to be shrinking. ~Turns out she had just laid some eggs and now I have two baby anoles.

Did I break my toe on that last kick, or just bruise it again?
On a typical Friday night I am
Apparently sitting in front of my computer with an adult beverage and a cat in my lap.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I just removed someone from my quiver for using "your" instead of "you're".
You should message me if
You're not looking to be rescued; you're well spoken and not easily offended; or you're Jordan from the movie Real Genius... I fell for you when I was seven and haven't been the same since.

As mentioned above, most of my friends are women, if you are the jealous type you might as well just keep clicking along.

If our enemy rating is above 90%. I've always wanted to meet my archnemesis.
The two of us