Seriously considering scrapping this and starting over because c'mon this is getting ridiculous but that seems like a lot of and I think this profile has, for better or worse, managed to create a fairly vivid impression of me.
I'm about to finally get my Associate's degree in Geographic Information Systems or Geospatial Applications or whatever they call it and lately while I've been putting together my portfolio and finishing up I've been really wanting to talk to anyone involved in the field or studying it. So if you're into it, or interested, please message me.
After I get that degree I'm leaning toward returning to UMD Colege Park to finish my Aerospace Engineering bachelors I got 3/4 of the way through half a decade ago. Then I can do the Space GIS I love although I'm also really interested in using it for environmental science and particularly for climate change which has been a growing concern for me lately. And I have some vague ideas of maps I want to make concerning historical archaeology.
Also I've been studying Swedish for a few months so if you know it I definitely want to talk to you. I like learning from audio things and websites but I always get too intimidated to talk to native speakers and that's something I need to work on. So lemme try real quick:
Hallå. Jag heter Joe. Jag är amerikan. Jag talar inte svenska så bra, men jag vill talar med dig. Jag tror inte att jag vill åker till Sverige. Jag inte tycker kallt. Knulla Finland.
Well that's about a month's lessons. Let me know if any of that made sense. I'm hoping at some point I'll know enough that I can pick up enough Icelandic to understand Sigur Rós songs.
Also I've been meaning to brush up on my Spanish which I learned a fair bit growing up in Houston but never use and is really rusty.
In lieu of updating everything, other recent developments:
Newer movies I've liked:
Holy Motors (especially the Accordion interlude)
Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Dark Knight Rises (something about Bane and his voice I just love an wish I could impersonate)
Seven Pyschopaths (I absolutely loved this one)
Books I've read recently (if you count audiobooks):
America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness Weren't - Stephen Colbert
That is All - John Hodgman
The Republican Brian - Chris Mooney
Books I'm in the process of reading and switch back and forth between:
Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing - Barbara Natterson-Horowitz , Kathryn Bowers
The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language - Stephen Pinker
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus - Charles C. Mann
If you have any recommendations of similar books you think I might like please tell me. Unfortunately I'm usually really bad about reading actual physical books so I tend to stick to things with audio book versions.
And I've been looking for a good book on climate change that does a good job of explaining the science and the looming impacts but haven't found anything that really grabbed me yet.
I'm planning on digging a pond in my parents' backyard this spring because my mom has always wanted one and as a home for my turtles who are getting way too big for their tanks. Plus I think two of them have started trying to mate. I caught the larger, presumably female, red-eared slider swimming around the tank with the smaller, I guess male, one attached at the rear dragging along. It seemed painful but I've seen him try to mount her a few times more. So if you know anything about making ponds, or keeping turtles outdoors in Maryland, or turtle sex, also let me know.
And finally my new ideal home, instead of something as pedestrian as a zeppelin, would now be a giant space ship designed as a seed ship with collections of many plants and animals. It would not be called The Ark as that is too obvious.
END OF UPDATE
The following is probably madness but it still probably mostly accurate.
I really should like go through this and update things but that seems like a lot of work so my only real update is that my hair is even longer. Oh and I'm back in school. And one of my maps got published which is pretty cool. I'd link to it but that would give away personal information. So instead I'll say hey look at this cool map here
Whoever made that map must be pretty awesome and also handsome but not really in a traditional way. Try not to stalk him too much.
Plus also that going to the Sudan (South Sudan) thing might be back on for next summer. And last time I checked the CIA's factbook page on it it said the median age there was 18. That's so weird. I wonder where all the older people go to retire?
First of all I wrote all this over a period of many months and my memory only lasts a few weeks so I have no idea what it says and don't feel like reading it. However I still stand by it all completely. Especially the stuff that contradicts the other stuff.
I really like to learn things. One of the things I like to learn is languages though I never get very far in any. Right now I want to learn Icelandic, Basque, Catalan, ancient Akkadian, Mandarin, and Arabic. Simultaneously. Also every other one, dead or alive. Especially language isolates. If you you could help with any of that that would be fantastic.
I like to talk to people who know more about a subject than I do because I'm usually better at casual learning. Right now I'm especially interested in neuroscience, linguistics, and chaos theory, but if there's knowledge I want it inside me. Also I love robots. Both the pleasure kinds and the destroy all humans ones.
Also I've been a vegetarian for 9 years for some reason I haven't quite figured out yet.
I left college after studying aerospace engineering or 3.5 years because it suddenly dawned on me that it is boring as hell. Now I'm going for a degree in GIS because it should be easy to get a decent job and it's interesting. I'm planning on combining it with astronomy and doing some kind of crazy space geography.
Update: Got bored of that, too. Now I don't know what the hell I'm doing. I'm probably going to this group home farm thing in Vermont for crazy people for the next six months. They have alpacas so that should be cool.
Update of update (12/9/11): Bored of that. Back to GIS.
I like computers and animals and computerized animals and could see myself working with any of those. Also I really want to learn to fly. Like a plane. Not flapping my arms. Or actually that, too.
My ideal world involves a post apocalyptic steam punk scenario where i have a self sustaining dirigible with a closed life support system and hanger of assault/defense craft. We would transfer cargo from land to land or maybe be pirates or something. I foresee a permanent crew of maybe 30 or so. 2 pilots for the dirigible (named the Cassiopeia), 8 gunners around the sides, 12 fighter pilots, me (the captain), my XO, a medic, a cook, a handful of engineers and mechanics and various rogues and vagabonds to grow food, make clothes, give the place character. To this end I have begun researching airship mechanics. Thus far I have found that while heated air can make a balloon envelope rise through the air, it is both imprudent and ineffective to attempt this while inside the balloon. Further research is needed.