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My self-summary
EDIT: I am currently off the market, but I am starting a blog on dating advice, etc. If I look at your profile, odds are I am just looking for examples of dos and don'ts. If you would like to know more, feel free to message me! EDIT TO EDIT: I'm not A-list here, so if you give me a star but no message I will never know who you are. Help me help you! ;)

-begin transmission-

Do you ever find yourself with the temptation to look up your highest enemy percentage so you can exchange banter about how you will destroy each other? Just me? Hm.

I like books that work to reprogram your brain, even if only slightly. I like music that either gets in my face and makes me appreciate it or brings reflection to those moments when I can barely hear over the din of my own mind. I like art that moves me. I like movies that make me wish I was in them. I like people that are genuine, honest and who make this world better just by being in it. All of that though, is trumped by my desire to laugh. Make me laugh...and you have a fan.

Most of all...I like people who see the beauty in the fact that we're all flawed in some way and no one really has their act together. I think there is little as magical as watching someone really geek out about their passion, even if you don't share or understand it. I believe that if you don't learn to express yourself, then you risk losing a self to express.
What I’m doing with my life
I write things on the internets and I design board and card games. I'm still weirded out by this era of geek chic we're living in, but I'm not complaining. I lead a very active lifestyle and someone who is interested in dating me needs to be able/willing to keep up. I'm not one given to growing roots in the couch. I joined the men's roller derby league earlier this year. It takes a special kind of crazy to think that a full contact sport on wheels sounds like awesome fun and the bestest idea in the history of ever. I'm always open to people who want to go skating, I've got a lot to learn.
I’m really good at
I'm a man of many talents, most of which are absurd. I make up words that sometimes break into use among my peers, like "ridiculocity" - the speed at which things become ridiculous; "awesometer" - a tool with which you can measure how awesome something is; "blurse" - something that is both blessing and curse; and "fishues" - fear based issues surrounding fish. Yes I know ichthyophobia is already a thing, Fishues is undeniably more fun. I can create haiku and limericks on demand. I've attained an accomplishment of ad-libbing awesomely arbitrary alliteration and also acronym acquisition. Listening. Repeating myself. Repeating myself. Repeating myself. I make awesome mixes/playlists. I can make you laugh at a funeral. I know the word you're looking for (a thesaurus reads like erotica to me). I'm always up for a sing-along.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'd love to suggest my dizzying charm, my sparkling wit or my distinct lack of drool, but it would definitely be my height. I cast a long shadow at 6'6" Or one of my tattoos. I've been told I have nice eyes, a great smile and I am not hard to look at. And it wasn't even my mom!
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
It'll probably go easier naming authors than books. Some of my favorite authors include (in no particular order) Tom Robbins, Patrick Rothfuss, Jim Butcher, Terry Pratchett, Dr. Seuss, Kurt Vonnegut, Neil Gaiman, Michael Ian Black, and George R.R. Martin. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline was a totally geeky loveletter made of win. How Shall I Live My Life by Derrick Jensen is a bible to me. Joe Bageant is one of my heroes. I could probably go a lot further here but this thing is too long as it is.

Movies follow a similar pattern. I adore everything Wes Anderson has directed. I can probably spout off more lines from The Royal Tenenbaums than I can the Star Wars trilogy. I'm a fan of Aronofsky, Gilliam, Scorsese, Nolan, Kubrick, Waters, the Coen Bros (most times), Edgar Wright, Joss Whedon, Guy Ritchie, and more.

I like music from almost every genre. I can (and will) talk music for hours. My tastes are pretty diverse, but some of the bands that I find myself spending more than average time on include Reel Big Fish, Queen, Girl Talk, TV on the Radio, and Queens of the Stone Age. But friends do not let friends listen to Bright Eyes. Conor Oberst is the Pied Piper of Broken Hearts.

I don't have a lot of time for TV, even though there are bunches of good shows out there. Extras was wonderful. Arrested Development is sublime. There is no such thing as a bad episode of Archer. Battlestar Galactica was way better than any show with a title like "Battlestar Galactica" had any right to be. Like many nerds, I am dismayed at the way Firefly was handled. I have enjoyed the TV adaptation of Game of Thrones. Orange is the New Black and House of Cards are both excellent, and I thoroughly enjoyed Breaking Bad.

I am a culinary adventurer. I enjoy cuisines of every ethnicity I've tried, and I'm trying to establish a habit of picking menu items blind.
Six things I could never do without
1. Music - it can pull you out of bad places. It can inspire you to great things. And sometimes it just gives you a reason to shake what your mama gave ya.

2. Absurdity - too many people treat life as *very serious business* Fuck all that noise. Life is short, and I want mine to be filled with laughter.

3. Sunshine - there's no sorrow that the sun's not gonna help.

4. Friends - those special people you share all of this with. It's not just Billy Shears. We all get by with a little help from our friends.

5. Books - why live one life when you can live thousands?

6. Language - it would be criminal of me not to mention the greatest love of my life. Etymology is super hot. Word nerd 4 LYFE, yo.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Why the sea is boiling hot and whether pigs have wings.

How so many people misuse the word irony.

Whether or not it is intentionally ironic that Alanis Morrisette named a song ironic that has not one bit of irony in it. Because that would be the ultimate meta-irony.

Growth. Spiritual, intellectual, emotional. Self-awareness and understanding where you are right then. Rebuilding yourself every millisecond, making constant tiny improvements to the marvel that you are. To quote poet Buddy Wakefield, "Because even at your worst, you are fucking incredible. It comes honest. So return to yourself, even if you're already there, because no matter how hard you try, or what you do, the only person you're ever going to get to be, and I know it, is you."

I think a lot about nerd stuff. It's part of my job. I love to play games, and design is an entirely different and fascinating breed of monster. It's pretty rad hearing people geek out over things you created.
On a typical Friday night I am
Mostly remembering that the word "typical" is as subjective to personal interpretation as the word "normal." Failing that, gaming or rollerskating are my first go-tos.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I read Animal Farm at the age of 6. I'd just finished reading Charlotte's Web, and I thought it was going to be like that. That may explain a lot about why I am the way I am...
You should message me if
So you've made it this far. Congratulations! I'm giving you ownership of my amazing chocolate factory, complete with a slave labor force of spray-tanned dwarves.

There are lots of reasons to message me. I'm smart. I'm articulate. I'm funny. I'm kind. I'm adventurous. I'm genuine. I'm creative. I'm strong. I'm loyal. I'm generous. I'm modest, too. I really am one in a million. Just like you. But if those aren't enough, here's a few freebies

You have a thing for lovable nerds
You can travel through time
You can find my fucking keys
You think it's bullshit that palindrome isn't a palindrome.
You are actually a robot sent from the future to teach us to rock...and to love.
You want to play cool board games
You have a good sense of humor.
You can appreciate the adventure of the moment.
You're looking for good company and conversation.
You can appreciate the complex subtleties in the correct timing of a Yakov Smirnoff reference or "Your Mom (blank)"
You can make me laugh.
You can teach me things.
You can challenge me.
You can keep up.
You heard about Dr. Atkins, (founder of the Atkins Diet) slipping on a patch of ice, hitting his head and shortly thereafter dying from the trauma...and was upset that he did not slip in bacon grease, thus denying the world the greatest example of irony it would ever see.

A couple things you should know about me before you get click-happy. My MBTI type is INFJ and it fits me like a glove. A lot more Scorpio traits apply to me than do not. I don't talk when I can act. I have an energy that not everyone understands. I am extremely selective in who I choose to date. You should be too. Life is too short for anything less than awesome. If I don't pick you, don't take it personally, it has everything to do with me and my oddities.

All told, I lead a pretty amazing and magical life; the only thing that would make it better is someone to share in my adventures.

Also, don't message me if you think Sammy Hagar > David Lee Roth.

This brings us to the end of our program. I'd like to leave you with a bit by King Missile. "I don't know why I'm always inclined
to end on a happy note. Though the point may be mute, like a ten year old boy, with his throat and his dreams ripped out by wolves."

The Emordnilap Collective would like to thank you for listening. Cue static in 5...4...3...2...1...

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The two of us