I'm the guy you see sitting in the corner of a coffee shop reading by himself on a Saturday afternoon.
I'm the guy standing in an empty parking lot at 3AM, trying to take the perfect photo of a shopping cart.
If you pull up to a red light and the guy in the car next to you is rocking the fuck out and singing along with the radio, that might be me.
I'm the guy who's been awake all day, but only really comes alive when the sun goes down.
I'm the guy who goes out of his way to go places that nobody else does.
I'm the guy who will spend an afternoon picking out the Crystal theme from Final Fantasy on the piano.
I'm the guy fascinated not with what's IN the box, but with how I'm gonna open it.
I'm the guy who looks up Howard Taft on Wikipedia, and then four hours later is reading about string theory through connecting articles.
I guess that's a good start.
Soooo, I guess you could say that I'm what happens when a computer nerd grows up and gets respectable (but not TOO respectable). These days, my job consumes my life 5 days a week, and on weekends I'm often left wondering what to do with myself. I just graduated from school about 8 months ago (at writing) and I'm utterly confused with what to do with all this free time that I suddenly have. Thank god I'm in one of the biggest and craziest cities in the world. Now that I'm in and settled, I'm exploring as much of Los Angeles as I can.
I've never been without friends, but despite that I'm still quite comfortable with going solo. If my friends don't want to go hit the bar on Friday night, fuck 'em, I'll go alone.
I thrive on mental stimulation: I love a good book, film, or album, and I really enjoy engaging conversation. I'm not the guy to play devil's advocate, but I love taking a conversation to places it doesn't usually (and maybe shouldn't?) go.
A lot of people tell me that when they first met me, they thought that I was a conceited asshole, and I'm still not entirely sure why. I'm guessing it's because I'm usually the quiet type around new people, and I guess that makes them uncomfortable. Maybe they think I'm sitting there, silently judging them. It just takes a while for me to get totally comfortable around new people.
One reason for my silence is because when I DO get comfortable around people, I tend to swear a lot, and my dirty / edgy sense of humor comes out, and some people find it a little off-putting. Sooooo I usually try to keep that under wraps until I know them a little better.
I am self-aware, rational, and awesome
They say that when you do what you love, you'll never work a day again in your life, and it's absolutely true. I spend my days plying my techie-trade, while working on live production shots of a badass movie. I'm still having a hard time believing that I'm getting paid to do this!
I've got mad skills at poker, but only when I'm drinking. Oh, and at one point in my life, I could pick up a recorder (remember those crappy flutes you had to play in elementary school music class?) and pick out any tune on it. One evening, while listening to the radio I learned how to play 'Crazy Train' and 'Love Rollercoaster'. And I think I can say that I fucking rock at Sudoku.
Oh, and forgetting things. I'm pretty forgetful. Been trying to fix that for years with memory exercises, but I have the capacity to forget pretty much anything.
My voice also tends to attract attention. I used to sing baritone in my school choir, and I've been told that I have a 'radio voice.'
I know it's not a book or music, but I feel the need to mention that the Kevin Smith / Scott Mosier podcast rocks my brain!
Music: Post grunge, like Foo Fighters. Reel Big Fish, Blues Traveler and The Dave Matthew's Band. I've seen Reel Big Fish and Blues Traveler live a couple of times each and they are AMAZING! I also have a thing for electronica and break beat, like Lo Fidelity All Stars, The Crystal Method and The Chemical Brothers, and there will always be a place in my playlist for nerdy white-boy hip hop, like 2 Skinnee Jays, mc chris, and MC Frontalot. I also appreciate (some) metal, mostly progressive sounds. I'm starting to come into a serious appreciation for Dream Theater, which probably has something to do with me starting to play the guitar. I've also got this on-again-off-again love affair with Jazz. Sometimes I just get in the mood for something funky like The New Mastersounds. Concept bands can do it for me too, if the base idea is sound, or relevant to my tastes. The new Protomen album was amazing!
Things that have caught my attention recently:
Too much to mention all at once. There are aroun10,000 songs in my library. I'm constantly on the lookout for new sounds and new bands.
Movies: This could be really long, if I let it. Things with a more intelligent plot, like Dark Knight, District 9, and Fight Club always appeal to me. Donnie Darko was alright, a little full of itself, I guess. The Secretary was pretty good, and Old Boy was amazing. Some movies I love just for the fun of it, like Mystery Men, Kung-Fu Panda, and Osmosis Jones. I'm always on the lookout for a movie with really good cinematography or lighting work, like some of Kurosawa's films, and also Tarentino's. Any film that can teach me more about my craft is a winner in my book. I'm also a fan of comic-book movies, even though I've not read a great deal of comic books. I just really enjoy the mythos of superheroes, so movies like Iron Man do it for me. I also LOVE old Kung-Fu movies.
Also, I just saw 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' last night and I've got to say, that was some of the finest, most hilarious animation I've seen in a while.
Food: I'm gonna be like 95% of the people on here and put Italian, Indian, and Sushi, but I'm gonna mix it up a little with some authentic Hunan Chinese and Slovakian traditional dishes.
Bidirectional reflectance distribution functions
Also boobs. Just being honest.
If an off-beat wit and sarcastic demeanor makes you want to kiss me, not strangle me.
If you are thoughtful and articulate. That's a plus. If you can also toss in impulsive, bonus points.
Extra credit for anyone who thinks it would be hot for me to go as Gordon Freeman for Halloween.