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I'm 30 and I live in Greenwood. I work as a Game Designer at
Wizards of the Coast. I also do contract work as a Solution
Architect for a web analytics consulting firm (I'm sure that's
excitement enough, ladies, and I await your PMs).
I like profiles with lists, so here is a list:
-- I'm very social. I like people. More people tends to be more
--I like the internet. It's our generation's TV, but easier to
customize and infinitely more useful when not used to
procrastinate. It's awe-inspiring technology capable of letting me
communicate across unbelievable distances at incredible speeds by
manipulating electrons. I use it to watch funny cat videos and find
--I like games. I still can't believe I have my dream job at my
dream company. 18-year-old me would be happy to know the 12 years
ahead pay off. I love card games, board games, video games, etc.
Figuring out systems and how things work is a central part of what
makes me tick. I enjoy optimization algorithms and rewards, because
I am a simple creature that evolution got hooked on seratonin and
(Sidenote: I tend to use the "Add an explanation" feature quite
liberally when answering questions on this site. If you want to get
a glimpse at what makes me tick that's slightly more specific than
a self-summary overview, hop over to see what questions I've
answered. Some of these were answered in ancient historical times,
so answers might have shifted slightly. Past me is a pretty cool
dude, overall, but he isn't perfect.)
What I’m doing with my life
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Working, reading, learning, playing, lifting, eating,
I used to do stand up, and I miss it, so I might try to do that
again this year.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Making a good time out of most situations, technology,
communication, making people laugh, learning, device battery
The first things people usually notice about me
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I gesticulate a lot.
I have a tendency to speak in very exact terms and can occasionally
sound like a textbook. I sometimes forget that I'm not among nerds
or friends and ask someone to "Define X" where x was something
ambiguous or lacking an antecedent.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Favorite is hard, I'll just throw up what I'm into now.
Latest nonfiction book was A Short History of Nearly Everything by
Bill Bryson. Wildly informative and very entertaining. If you've
ever wished science class was just a brief overview of every
important discovery humanity has ever made in chronological order
but you don't consider yourself a "science person" (and especially
if you do), pick this one up.
I'm about to start The Information.
Previous recent favorites in nonfiction:
Stumbling on Happiness. Does for modern psychology what A Brief
History of Time did for physics. An amazing jaunt through how
people think and remember. (Despite the title that makes it sound
like an awful self-help book).
I read a lot of economics books.
On the fiction side of things, I'm a huge fan of Neal Stephenson.
Snow Crash and The Diamond Age were excellent. Anathem is one of my
all time favorites. Cryptonomicon was dense but fun. His newest,
Reamde was pretty good, but can't stand up to his greats. I also
recently finished the Golden Age trilogy by John C. Wright. The
first one currently ranks as the best book I've ever read.
I'm about to start John C. Wright's latest. It probably won't top
The Golden Age, but I might just be surprised.
I like high theory books, sci fi is a running theme.
Shows: Top 3 are probably Breaking Bad, Arrested Development, and
Firefly. It's Always Sunny is hilarious. Archer is great, but I
love anything Jon Benjamin does.
Movies: I like movies. Last movie I saw in the theater was Ender's
Game. Favorite movie is Snatch. I used to work in a rental store
(yeah, they existed), so I've seen a lot of movies. Ask me how many
times I've seen The Emperor's New Groove.
Music: Pandora is a good thing. Current favorite stations: Clutch,
Daft Punk, and Soul Coughing. I'm told I should switch to
Food: Thai (Any stir-fry), Japanese (Ramen, Sushi, Miso anything),
Mexican (Tacos, Burritos), Mediterranean (Gyro, Felafel,
Pita/Hummus). Isn't it great that we live in an age where we have
access to anything that anyone in the entire world considers
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
1) My friends. If this isn't number one on everyone's list, they
need to get better friends.* I'm extremely lucky to have met the
caliber of people I get to call my friends.
*(or they are a totally awesome introvert)
2) Books. I enjoy reading a lot.
3) Job. Income means I get to sustain myself as well as buy
4) Bandwidth. I love being connected and being able to answer any
question that I dream up near instantly. It's pretty amazing to
know that I can now carry around in my pocket both a computing
device and internet connection that were unthinkable 10 years
5) Caffeine. It's the only psychoactive drug that makes mornings
6) My computer. We're pals. It's a needy pal, but when it whines,
at least it's descriptive and gives me insight as to how to help.
Unlike babies, babies have very poor and nondescript error
(if you don't believe friends and job count for this sort of
question, replace those entries with Phone and Comfortable Pants,
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Systems and society.
The philosophies and ideas of politics are interesting. I really
love thinking about how 6,000,000,000+ people organize themselves
to cooperate and considering ways to improve it.
I mean, I have no idea how to farm, I don't know how to fix a car,
I can't build a house, the list goes on. Yet, because of a
remarkably powerful system of incentives, communication, wealth
creation, and trade, I have all of the things I need to live just
because I'm good at math and can help people decide what data to
collect on their websites. Society and the world economy are awe
inspiring, and I have spent a lot of time and effort on trying to
understand as much of it as I can. I feel like there are areas to
improve, and I know that some people disagree with my ideas. The
debates that come from these disagreements are very
Games and media.
I spend a lot of time consuming media like music, TV, books, and
movies, so a lot of mental cycles are spent on that. I also play a
lot of board/card/video/etc games, it's fun to be in the flow state
and solve puzzles.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Out with friends, reading, watching a movie, surfing the internet.
I don't really have a "typical" Friday, I usually just do whatever
seems like the best option that night and run with it.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I used the phrase "awe inspiring" twice when creating this profile
(once is probably too many), but the worst part is the inconsistent
hyphenation. To my credit, one of those paragraphs was copy/pasted
from a question response, but it's still embarrassing.
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