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My self-summary
It's taking all my willpower to not put the lyrics to The Steve Miller's The Joker here.

I'm a total geek. I have a geeky sense of humor. I believe that the only games worth playing leave the other players within smacking distance when he's an ass. If there's something I don't understand, I consider it an invite to screw around with it until I do.

I draw the line at stamp collecting. There's geeky, and then there's just plain weird.

I have a tendency to get involved in the surreal, and not realize it until long afterward. In retrospect, giving kittens to cyborgs and offering ninja dating advice sounds like I'm just stringing internet memes together to try and be funny. However, that's the kind of life I lead.

I have every intention of doing something impossible within the next week. This is true of any given week.

I'm horribly shy until I get to know someone.

I'm a gourmet, or at least like to think that I am.

Thanks, mostly, to In-and-Out burger, I'm some 50 pounds heavier than when I picked my handle. I'm not complaining too much, since being 5'10 with an 18 inch waist was just kinda uncomfortable.

I'm looking for someone who I can argue literature, philosophy, and pizza toppings with.

I'm a picker.

I'm a grinner.

I'm a lover and... GODDAMMIT.
What I’m doing with my life
I make video games. More recently, I've been putting the profit from making video games towards starting my own company, which turns out to be really, really hard.

I like making games. It's a little like being an author, except there's math. Oh god, is there math.
I’m really good at
Figuring out how things work and Cajun cooking.

Those are in different categories, since there is no sense to how Cajun cooking works.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I'm horribly overthinking something.

Or, if they aren't psychic, that I'm talking at a million miles an hour.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Everyone has a movie that shaped their lives. Mine's Ghostbusters. It's a film that says that the unknown is out there, but it's not unknowable. It proves that there are good ideas that are very blatantly dumb, but no one will be complaining when they work. Most of all, it shows four doughy smartasses standing up against something way out of their league, and winning, because they were the ones willing to actually do what needs to be done.

If I had a book that had as much influence, it'd probably be the hint book to Day of the Tentacle. Extreme lateral thinking: It's not just using the Calculus 4 textbook on a horse, it's a way of life. Mind, it's not like I sit around studying the koans of Bernard Bernouli. I save that privilege for Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

Music-wise, I've been listening to a lot of Canadian rock lately. Who knew that was even a genre? Well, Paul Krugman, I suppose, but he is as wise as he is shrill.

I'm a very specific kind of gourmet. I specialize in no food, but try and find the best of every kind of food, to enjoy it for its own terms. If you wanted, I could point you to the best pizza, best pho, best burgers, and even the best Taco Bell in the area, then explain exactly what wine goes best with your Cheezy Volcano Chalupa. I'll admit that it sounds snobby, but there is food in our culture beyond whatever chef is the current darling of the gourmet world. If someone doesn't pay attention to it, how will anyone ever learn from it?

Since I seem to be breaking with OKCupid tradition here by having this be the wordiest entry in my profile, I will now randomly list things that I probably like.

Movies: Amelie, The Secretary, Hellboy 2, Versus, Wall-E, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, The Red Violin, The Cat Returns, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Books: Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, anything Terry Pratchett, McSweeney short story anthologies, Bagombo Snuff Box, The Gonzo Papers, A Confederacy of Dunces, Sandman Mystery Theater, Snow Crash, Dave Barry Does Japan, How to Play Piano in Spite of Years of Lessons, Iron Wok Jan

TV: I haven't had time to watch TV in a long while, but I used to watch House, M.D. the way my little cousins would watch Dora the Explorer, shouting answers at the screen. "Team, the biopsy came back negative, and she's crashing fast. Does anyone have any ideas?" "TRY CHELATION THERAPY!" "At this rate, how can we treat her without killing her?" "TRY CHELATION THERAPY!" "Say, what the hell kind of insurance do our patients have to let us do this week after week?"

Food: Everything but natto. Button mushrooms are also to be viewed with extreme suspicion.
The six things I could never do without
The internet. Without it, the world is both so much smaller and so much more inexplicable.

My family, even if we do occasionally plot against each other like we were on the Young and the Restless.

My sense of humor. If I'm not laughing with the world, I'm laughing at it.

The f-word. It's versatile!

Adult conversation. Not necessarily mature conversation, but at least as insightful as a better Spongebob episode.

Something to figure out. I'm fully planning on learning everything there is to know about everything one day. At the schedule that I'm operating on, it'll only take me forever.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
In 1951, Albert Einstein, historic as both a genius and an eccentric, was attending a Caltech conference on quantum molecular mechanics as a guest lecturer. While the conference started well enough, the debates turned into heated arguments, which turned into thinly veiled insults, as high level theory discussions do. As the symposium became more bogged down, Einstein famously left with the words, "Excuse me, gentlemen. It's time for Beany." He then went to go watch Beany and Cecil (which had an new episode that week), causing the conference to go into a sudden recess.

Was that move evidence of Einstein's eccentricity, or his genius?
On a typical Friday night I am
Editing scripts. It might be screenplays, Python, or legalese, but I'm happier if they're done and submitted before Saturday night.

Saturday nights are the party night. Or the books on the couch with fresh baked cookies night.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Sam, of my legendary Sam's Chili, is actually short for "Smart Ass Masochist," and not an obscure uncle. It's an extremely hot chili, by California standards at least, that doesn't actually have any burn until about 15 seconds after you take a bite. 15 seconds being approximately how long it takes a judge to mock the lack of spice and take a second bite.

The recipe was created for a local chili cook-off, sponsored by local small businesses. One of those local small businesses was the resident bondage dungeon, so the name seemed appropriate.

Damned fine chili, though.
You should message me if
You like sharing stories. I talk a lot about the weirdness I've seen over the years, and I lot of people think that I'm bragging. Truth is, I'm offering an invitation for you to do the same. The world is a strange, wonderful place, and your corner of it is amazing if you just keep your eyes open.

I'll gladly swap the story of that time we couldn't get Shatner to stop doing his damned Yoda voice for that time you discovered the best cafe ever. If you're willing to share what it's like to be a performer, I'll share why Earthquake Stadium was delayed due to a combination of World War II and the neighboring town's Vice Squad.