Have always loved animals and nature, have a dog named Dresden, am a bit of a technology/gadget enthusiast, have only recently discovered the joy of cooking one's own food, love the snow (which despite what it may or may not have been told, Virginia has not truly seen an example of in the 16 years I've lived here), graduated from Virginia Tech (Animal Science major), can swim (just saying - tv for some reason portrays black people as a fleshy analogue to rocks or something), play guitar (so-so) and piano (less so-so), love foreign languages (am starting to learn Arabic), like puzzles, and hate run-on sentences, which I'm currently debating if this qualifies as. If so, I apologize.
I absolutely love learning, and would just be a professional college student if I could afford it. I'm always trying to better understand the world around me and the inane details that no one else cares about (yes, I was that annoying kid who always had one more completely irrelevant question). If paid learner is out of the question, then I'd rather be a paid experimenter and join the Mythbusters.
I am fairly calm, usually nice, always polite, often sarcastic, occasionally over-analytical, and never cheat at anything.
Saving puppies and kittens at an emergency clinic - booo, the hours suck! Guy's gotta have a social life, no?
After some seven years the latter's beginning to outweigh the former, so for the first time in, well - forever, I'm looking to switch fields.
I'm fairly decent at puzzles, I guess - sudoku, crossword, kakuro, brain teasers and the like. I personally think I'm a decent writer, and enjoy editing others' works. I'm a good whistler, and can play Guitar Hero on expert. I've also got mad skills when it comes to moving through a crowd of people. This is sadly the only thing that I'm really good at that I think might save my life somehow...
I am quiet. It took me years (I have early report-card proof) to develop an "inside voice." I like to think that my inner youth was conditioned (or scarred) to believing that projecting is somehow improper, and this has stuck with me. And I'm not aware when I'm doing so, so feel free to tell me to speak up.
When you do get to hear me speak, it's most likely not going to be what you expect. No accent, no slang, unless in an ironic sense, and an appreciation for the English language and the specificity that its screwed up structure allows one to convey. If I use a certain word that seems unnecessary or pretentious, I'm probably just being reaaaaally specific about what I'm trying to say.
Books - My favorite book (or collection, depending on how you choose to define it) is the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. It has the remarkable capacity to make you laugh no matter which random page you choose to turn to, and has managed to stand the test of time quite well, in my opinion. I read mostly fiction - urban fantasy a la the Dresden Files and Mercy Thompson series; High Fantasy (Rothfuss, Feist), Comedy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Literature, Thriller...so long as it's not an autobiography, I'll probably have no issues with reading it. If Lamb changed your view of sheep, you think all compasses are golden, or you understand G.R.O.S.S and appreciate the fine artistry in making a perfect, signature snowball, then we're already friends for life, methinks. If you need a more thorough rundown: Goodreads, same name.
Movies - I like movies that make me laugh or have things that go "boom." They can never make too many Bonds and Mission Impossibles, and I take pause to watch any time Princess Bride is on. I think Stardust was the greatest translation of book to big screen that I've ever witnessed, and that Inception is probably the most wide-eyed I've ever been at a movie. I'd say my favorite three movies are Friday, A Life Less Ordinary, and Labyrinth (mostly out of childhood nostalgia). And Scott Pilgrim vs The World. So, top four. And The Avengers. Top Five.
Shows - My Favorite tv show ever was MacGyver. I have, in my lifetime, undoubtedly watched far too much tv. If I were to quickly just rattle off my favorite shows, I'd add Firefly, Due South, Wonderfalls, Seinfeld, Mythbusters, 24, Fringe, Moonlighting, Pushing Daisies, Community, and Martin, just for starters. And I can't watch The League without cracking up.
Music - I listen to, seriously, anything, with the small exception of that screamy, guttural rock/metal music that makes me hoarse just thinking about it (*edit* I have recently found a band of this genre I actually enjoy. BINGO!). My favorite band is The Airborne Toxic Event. I have a digital tonnage of mash-ups and covers by Vitamin String Quartet - I just can't get enough of them.