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My self-summary
Hello. I'm glad you found your way here.

I'm considerate, kind, and all those basic good things. I think the difficult in being specific here are the contradictions we all have. Black and white make the binary choices of like/dislike easier, but aren't we all a little gray? Well, here's to the hope that the rest of the profile can relay some of my nuance.

FYI, I'm actually happy with the life I've carved out for myself (and yet here I am on OKC). (I mean, is it greedy to want even more?) Similarly, I hope you are pretty okay with your life too and might just want to meet without stressing about it. Just a couple of human beings. NBD.
What I’m doing with my life
Saving the world!!!

Well, maybe not. For work, I support some heavy lifting science types, so the saving the world thing is difficult to assess until after the fact.

Outside of work? I have a tendency to be a homebody, so I have a few guidelines to keep myself from bonding with my couch. Wandering the earth is a typical activity. Though I like the solo activity, I think this is a fun thing with the right partner in crime. (hint, hint...)
I’m really good at
Reflecting. I like to think. I think about others. I think about myself. This is going to sound contradictory, but I feel like I'm good at empathy, only because I often have a difficult time understanding others. Due to that, I work at understanding how others think and feel and voila... empathy. (I'll never understand people who load toilet paper facing the wall, but I suppose there are limits to empathy...)

Physically, I can flare my nostrils. No, it's not practical, but that's not what the question was.
The first things people usually notice about me
I value low stress, so first impressions in this (social/dating) setting is likely "comfortable". Though I'm a fan of challenging others, I'm mindful of cornering others. No one likes that. (It's kinda' a bully maneuver.) My defaults are to be tolerant, sincere, and generally positive; though that's likely not a "first thing".
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I have a real hard time with this section. I'm not a top 10 kinda' guy so I'm just going to generalize.

I tend to read crap. Best seller thriller or bad horror or tech stuff. I read for fun, and I tend to reread books.

I'm not a movie guy so much, but I realized what I do like is pretty dark. (Seven, Up in the Air, History of Violence, Lord of War, Falling Down, Eternal Sunshine...) I'll enjoy the mindless eye-candy or the thought provoking stuff as well.

I'm enjoy most genres, but don't seek out country, rap, pop, or R&B. My default is "alternative" but that can cover a lot of ground.

I subscribe to 20 podcasts, but do not keep up with all of them. They are somewhat evenly a combination of news(ish), informational, general conversation, interview, and entertainment.

I don't watch much traditional TV. Sports is probably the only reason I'd have any broadcast TV on. I've found myself consuming a lot of content from YouTube; probably half is comedic and half is "infotainment". I'll binge watch Netflix on occasion. At this point, there seems to be more good content then I have time to consume.

I like good food, but that can be anything from the local mom and pop place to fine dining. Day to day, I try to abide by Michael Pollan's rule of "Eat real food, not too much, mostly vegetables."
The six things I could never do without
I hate this question. So instead I'm going to list words that feel like I should be using for whatever reason:

1. Zugzwang
2. Heuristics
3. Schadenfreude
4. Strudel

* I have no idea why these are mostly German...
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Not to make this topical, but I'm occupationally vested in the direction of the new presidential administration, so that has taken some percentage of my thinking as of late.

I spend some time thinking about systematic problems (theses tend to be the bigger problems; political, environmental, social, etc.) For "fun", I like to think about technological advances and their impacts to humanity. Beyond that, human behavior, myself included, is endlessly entertaining to think about.
On a typical Friday night I am
You might find me winding down from the week/day, having a pint with friends, having an early evening for the day ahead. I'm not sure how "typical" any of my Friday nights are at this point.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've tipped twice because I didn't think the cashier saw me do it the first time.

I went to the internet to find a better way to tie my shoelaces... and found it.
You should message me if
Do you know what you're about? With that knowledge, do you realize you don't need to take yourself too seriously? Do you appreciate the world around you? Are you passionate about something? Do you feel like your life is pretty good and the right partner in crime would just make it that much better? Well me too. Say hello and let's go exploring.