Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
This is/was created to send messages to a friend and make his
profile look more popular. Though apparently, that's not really how
this thing works.
Incidentally, I spend my life striving to live a lifestyle
somewhere between that of Buckaroo Banzai, and Steve Zissou. At
least in my daydreams.
I haven't created this to look for any new friends, but of course I
always like to meet interesting people and such. There's a
reasonable chance, however, that I'll never look at this
[EDIT] (Yeah, that didn't come to be. I'm really enjoying reading
I'm quite introverted and a weak conversationalist with folks I
don't know well--much better in small groups, though even then I
enjoy mostly speaking in absurdities.
I probably don't take anything in life quite serious enough, and at
times get frustrated at myself for that. I probably overcompensate
at times, one way or the other, with my publicly projected persona.
(Notice the slight Hal Hartley reference there?)
Being outdoors and on the (salt) water feel like my favorite
places, but I'm afraid that if given the option I'd spend way too
much time lying in bed reading.
I enjoy competitive and difficult activities, but don't feel
competitive about them and can't ever take them quite seriously
enough (as mentioned above).
Did I mention I like to dance? (apologies to Flynt Flossy)
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I'm a grad student working on matters related to mathematics and
the marine environment, work for a small marine consulting company,
and captain a research vessel.
I've got two interesting kids and a groovy wife. I spend most of my
free time with them, and have thus neglected most of my real
friendships, though fall back in with my good friends easily enough
when the opportunities arise.
I used to work quite hard at maximizing my competitive running
abilities, but have really only left it at the hobby-jogging level
for the past few years. Mainly I've just stayed fit enough to do a
bit of mountain running, and take advantage of the opportunity to
run some fun/painful workouts with some of the Seattle folks.
Recently I've started trying to re-aquatint myself with rigorous
training, and hope to do reasonably well in the Masters (read: old
folks) division I'll soon be entering.
My work takes me around the inland waters of Washington state
throughout the summer, and I absolutely love it. This summer I've
been able to enjoy mountain and trail running in areas such as
those near Seiku, Orcas, Bellingham, Anacortes, and the leeward and
Hood Canal facing Olympics. I always end up a bit disappointed that
I don't get more extended hiking in during the summers
I also really like traveling to new places and getting tastes of
new cultures and cuisines. We've been away from travel much while
I've been back to grad school, and we're all really looking forward
to some extended trips once that's over.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Saying absurdist and sometimes inappropriate things at the wrong
times in social situations.
I used to be a pretty good competitive, though certainly non-elite
runner (Division 3 All-American in steeplechase, 5th at USATF 50
mile trail race national championships for those who are curious
and/or familiar with such).
I tend to be pretty good at trivia games.
I might pride myself on my ability to create absolutely scrumptious
meals in the tiny galley of my research vessel.
The first things people usually notice about me
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My big ears. Unless I'm wearing a hat.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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I read so much science fiction. Lately I've enjoyed a lot from the
"new space opera" sub-genre. Sometimes I have to almost force
myself to read non-science fiction books, though I absolutely love
much of what I read there too. My favorite non-science fiction
authors are probably Helen DeWitt, Vladimir Nabokov, and Fyodor
Dostoyevsky. Some science fiction authors I've enjoyed a lot lately
include China Mieville, Paolo Bacigalupi, Charles Stross, Iain
Banks, Alistair Reynolds, Neil Gaiman, Julian May, Ernest Cline,
Haruki Murakami and Neal Stephenson.
As far as movies go, I obviously love Buckaroo Banzai and The Life
Aquatic (as well as most of Anderson's other work). Hal Hartley
might be my favorite director though; I especially love watching
his early films over and over and over again. I sometimes go
through phases of just wanting to watch dark Russian films.
Tarkovsky's are probably my favorite of those.
TV: Firefly, Max Headroom, Cowboy Bebop, Blackadder, Red Dwarf,
Monty Python. I have a soft spot for Moonlighting too.
My musical tastes range widely and vary erratically, though I can
usually fall back on early 80s New Wave/post-punk, or bebop jazz
(conditional on the musician's name starting with an M: Monk,
Mingus, Max, Montgomery, Milt, Mort, Miles, other Milt,
Food: I love all good food. I love eating new and interesting
flavors. If cooking I'll usually fall back on Asian styles. I eat
lots of seafood, and like almost anything fermented.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Ha! One thing I probably could do with is the ability to commit to
a prioritized list and not spend so much time thinking in
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
I really like science reading at the lay level of Science News or
some such, and thinking through the implications of such things (as
far as I'm capable). I really appreciate the fact that publications
such as these exist to aggregate things from disparate fields just
to give a taste of what's going on out there and provide entry
points for inquiry on topics new to the reader. We like to have
family discussions about at least a couple of articles each
I spend an almost embarrassing amount of time thinking about
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Reading to my kids until I can't keep my eyes open any longer and
they have to let me go to sleep.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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Well, perhaps the most embarrassing is that I probably read more
than 50% of the posts on the LetsRun message boards. Terrible
signal to noise ratio, but there are such golden nuggets within the
dross. The embarrassing part, though, is that I keep reading
through many of the dreck threads. [EDIT: I just found out that
LetsRun is among Malcolm Gladwell's favorite sites and he admits to
spending way too much time there, so apparently there are others
with this same weakness.]
Also: I probably learned >50% of the history I know from
I've always had a bit of a thing for large-ish noses and
Oh, also that I've spent almost the entire time I've been running
the boat from Langley to Port Townsend filling out these
There was a time in my life that I owned over 100 pairs of shoes.
It's still probably over 50.
Probably a >20% I'd sleep with Justin Bieber, and I don't even
like his music.
You should message me if
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Actually you probably shouldn't. Probability is high that I wont
write back... unless I know you IRL, or you want to invite me to
join in an AD&D (1st edition) campaign, or show me some great
running trails, or help me learn how to swing dance, or watch some
Hal Hartley films, or some such.
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