Okay, that was a blatant lie. ...And a shameless rip from classic SNL. Okay, so I�m an unequivocal nerd. I kind of have to admit that upfront, what with being an English major with a concentration in Myth & Folklore and all. I currently attend George Mason University. Yeah, that�s a fun daily commute from Dumfries. �Course it made more financial sense before gas doubled in value. Bleedin� entropy�.
Anyway. Personality-wise, I suppose I come off as cynical. I must admit I�m sometimes uncertain of my outlook myself. Usually I think of myself as a frustrated idealist. (Wow, that sounds really conceited when I think about it. Next thing you know I�ll be writing modernist poetry constipated with obscure allusions.) My humor tends towards to the cynical with a deadpan delivery. Bob Hope�s really the only guy who can do good-natured deadpan. Occasionally I start to channel Lewis Black, but I�m willing to write that off as just having listened to too damn much of him my freshman year. Penn & Teller are starting to work their way into my unconscious, again most likely caused by overexposure to Bullshit! In first exposure I�m generally shy, but tend to warm up after a while.
When pressed I tend to side with a Libertarian view in politics, however as a general rule I hate defining myself by politics. (I'm also not so far gone as to apply the libertarian mindset to every matter under the sun.) Philosophically I�m a humanist through and through, running more along the lines of Erasmus, Montaigne and Pico Della Mirandola than the warm-n-fuzzy humanitarians. In the religious arena I�m a materialist. That�s not the same as atheist, necessarily. It just means I think the here and now of the material world should be the primary concern, leaving any unknowable metaphysics to take care of themselves. Carl Sagan�s invisible dragon in the garage, and all that.
What�s next�ah, yes: interests. Well, there�s the mythology thing, which I�m sure you already gleamed from my major. I have a particular interest in cosmogonies and epics. My absolute favorite text in this area is the Illiad, though the Icelandic Sagas are making a pretty good showing. I used to be into modern fantasy, but in recent years my interest has largely waned. Most of what�s out there now comes off as poorly rationalized wish-fulfillment or continuity-constipated escapism. I�m a huge Tolkien fan, but even I have to admit too much is made of him sometimes. Though you�d think it diametrically opposed to the myth stuff, I have a strong interest in science. I must confess I�m not highly trained by any means, but I find the physical world fascinating, and greatly admire those who fully dedicate their lives to reason and the scientific process. (Take that, Wordsworth!)
I am eccentric, hapless, and geeky