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My self-summary
Native Connecticuter who arrived in San Francisco in 2008 by way of England, upstate New York, and Chicago, and plans to stay here a while. Game developer and puzzle addict who's trying to get more out of life.

For further information, read the rest of my profile.
What I’m doing with my life
I program and occasionally create brain-training games. Aside from the typical frustrations of programming, I very much like my work and my company. I swear, I'm not trying to ruin San Francisco.

When I'm not doing that, I spend a lot of time solving puzzles of most stripes, which isn't always a solo activity. The puzzling community is a great one and I do a lot of hunts, tournaments, room-escape games, and conventions. I also construct puzzles occasionally, though that's waned in recent years.

I travel quite a bit within the lower 48 in pursuit of puzzling, sporting events, seeing friends, seeing family, or some combination of these. I'm ashamed to say that I've gone a while without leaving North America, but I'll rectify this by visiting Ireland and England in April.

I also watch sports, attend pub quizzes, take long walks, and enjoy many other activities that are known for being activities that people enjoy.
I’m really good at
Puzzles, particularly crosswords. I'm quite certain I passed that 10,000-hour threshold years ago.
The first things people usually notice about me
My red hair, probably; I am what is technically known as a Daywalker [1]. My volume [2] is proportional to my mood, and I'm liable to pun at any moment.

[1] E. Cartman, 2005
[2] Loudness, I mean, not size. That would be weird. Though I could say "I'm feeling pretty small right now." ...Let's just move on.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I wish I spent more time digging into my large reading backlog, but I tend to dig into my comically large puzzle backlog instead. I'm trying, though. Just finished How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big (Scott Adams); next up will be either James Frey's Endgame (hello, hidden puzzles!) or The Westing Game (a puzzler's must-read that I've somehow missed so far). Awaiting in my Kindle are Joshua Foer's Moonwalking with Einstein, Those Guys Have All the Fun (about ESPN), and Lunatics by Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel (the former has long been a favorite of mine).

Movies: I usually like comedies; I like them smart but can do with a dumb one sometimes. I've been collecting the MST3K box sets despite actually finding the time to watch very few of them. Quotes frequently come to my mind unbidden, usually from Airplane!, Clue, Major League, My Cousin Vinny, UHF, etc.

TV: Comedy here too. I'm trying to watch less by cutting out shows I don't really enjoy, but these will definitely stay in the rotation: The Big Bang Theory*, Daily Show, @midnight, Last Week Tonight, Modern Family, Archer, Sunny, Louie, The League, South Park. Also, That Mitchell & Webb Look, like most British comedy, is utter genius but BBC America never seems to show it anymore.

* A lot of my friends really hate this show. I know it's dumb. I don't care. Let me have this one, OK?

Music: I love garage/sleaze/glam/hard rock, melodic/speed metal (I stop well short of the dark death stuff)... I think I could live in Scandinavia just for the concerts. For months now I've been unable to stop listening to Hardcore Superstar. I also really like The Hellacopters, Imperial State Electric, Gluecifer, Turbonegro, Backyard Babies, The Hives, Kvelertak... the list goes on.

Food: I imagine my tastes are not atypical for a 30ish male. Plus this section is long enough.
The six things I could never do without
Puzzles. I think I've pretty much hammered this one home by now.

Exercise. It's probably a stretch to call myself a gym rat, but it's important that I work this in. It helps my sleep and my mood. A ritual that's become important to me, at least during DST, is walking the two miles home from work while listening to the ballgame. (I endure the Sisyphean nightmare that is Atlanta Braves fanhood. No, I don't like the Chop either. Yes, I'm well aware we're going to suck this year.) One fact I'm proud of is that I weigh a good 45 pounds less than I did at the start of 2013.

Humor. A good comedy show or banter with friends is always a good lift. On a nice Saturday or Sunday by myself, I'll combine this with the previous item by taking a long walk all around town with a few episodes of the Never Not Funny podcast.

My favorite music. Also good for nicely pulverizing a bad mood. I have to try very hard to keep from irritating my co-workers with desk drumming.

Alone time. I like having a decently full calendar and in general I'm trying to say yes to more things, but I'm also thankful for those weeknights when I can just come home and watch TV or clean or play a video game or something.

Chapstick. Just kidding.

Hockey. I'm a big sports fan in general, but dammit, hockey is just awesome. And it'll be even better when the Hartford Whalers make their triumphant return. [blasts Brass Bonanza]
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The puzzling portion of my brain never quite turns off. I never know when a potential crossword theme or amusing bit of wordplay will hit me.

I also think a lot about how I can be a better person. This has led to some positive changes, and I'm trying to make it more about that and less about simply mulling over regrets.
On a typical Friday night I am
Going with whatever comes up.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
"I don't understand why anything happens and I'm confused and scared and trying really hard all the time."

Also, I don't drink coffee, I hate avocado, and I have neither Netflix nor Hulu Plus. I'm pretty sure I'm not allowed to live here.
You should message me if
You want to swap a few messages and then, if we're still interested, meet up. Cool? Cool.

I'm not really actively looking around here much for the moment. That might change sooner or later, but for now, I'm open to receiving messages and I'm likely to respond.