According to the MBTI, my personality is INTP. It fits pretty well.
Jumbled facts: I have a sarcastic sense of humor (it goes with MST3K). I run Gentoo Linux on my computer. I've taken an interest in photography and have a DSLR with a few lenses. I believe anything can be taken too seriously. I still have a VCR and a regular old CRT TV. I know people in Winter Park, so I do travel there occasionally. I finally got a cell phone about four years ago, and just because I was about to move and my previous phone service provider went out of business. Still using the same phone. I don't use twitter. I may be a bit of a technology loving Luddite.
On weekdays, I'm a Simulation Engineer; I'm a software developer working on developing a new simulator. It is intended to train operators of robots used for underwater maintenance and construction tasks. They are those ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles) you may have heard about along with the oil spill in the Gulf. My employer hasn't done anything directly with the spill; they just make some of tools useful for deep water oil production, or shipwreck investigations, or laying communications cables. Personally, I just do software. Maybe I'll write something can help someone not bump an oil containment cap by accident.
During the weekends, I deal with lawn care, maybe clean my car, and might have some fun with photography. I sometimes squeeze that in during the week, too. I like to photograph the flowers, insects, birds, and cats that I find in my backyard. For last few shuttle launches, I traveled to spots about 12 to 13 miles away from the launch pad in an attempt to get good pictures with a zoom lens that goes to 400mm.
I also try to get better lap times in Wipeout at least once a month, and otherwise enjoy life.
There is the occasional odd thing I don't often get to do, like spend some time talking with engineers about something they work on. Recently, that was a few people who are involved with NASA's MPCV (formerly Orion). I have also gone to a late night dinner with a bunch of astronomers I met only hours before when I found a bunch people and telescopes in a field while on a hike.
I find it odd that the list of languages presented by Ok Cupid includes C++ and LISP but not C, Java, assembly, Python, and a host of others. LISP isn't exactly a popular programming language, so why not list the Shakespeare programming language? Seriously, it does exist.
I'm also good at sneaking up behind people without even trying. Sometimes I scare them enough to scare me! A friend once told me that if I were a ninja, he'd be dead.
Movies to laugh at: Godzilla (especially Final Wars), Space Mutiny, The Beast of Yucca Flats, Overdrawn at the Memory Bank, Plan 9 from Outer Space
TV: Battlestar Galactica (new), MST3K, Doctor Who, Firefly, Heroes, Cowboy Bebop, some Gundam shows, Monty Python, The Daily Show
I don't watch much television. I can't take any reality TV; I'm quite satisfied with the reality of my own life. A little less realism might be nice.
Other video and pictures: The Guild, XKCD
Music: The Crystal Method, Delerium, Fluke, Hybrid, Junkie XL, Juno Reactor, James Lauer, Love Spirals Downwards, Mike Oldfield, Orbital, Paul Oakenfold, Mike Oldfield, Sasha, Tangerine Dream, The Future Sound of London, Trentemøller, Underworld, VNV Nation, Weird Al Yankovic -- I caught everything in "It's All About the Pentiums" listening to it the first time while driving back to work.
Food: All the Italian and barbecue themed stuff my father makes. I need to pay more attention to how he does it. I don't much care for junk food.
Books: They're mostly non-fiction now. I started that free downloadable self-published Firefly novel, "My Own Kind of Freedom", by Steven Burst, but I didn't finish and read Ender's Game instead. I also like science fiction short stories; have a couple of books with Isaac Asimov's stories. I've also read the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Catch-22, and I have a copy of "Space Resources and Space Settlements", a NASA publication from a 1977 study.
The Battlestar Galactica board game. It is based on the new series, not the eights one. I like how the Cylon players get to play as humans and can hide their identity while working against the humans.
A computer with a connection to a global network. Freedom of speech. Freedom to tinker (no iPhone for me!). A car to take me places. Games to relax with and relieve stress. The security to not have to worry about food, air, running water, electricity, etc . . .
I could do without mornings. Don't like them at all.
I wonder why OkCupid thinks I'm aggressive. I certainly don't come across as aggressive. Why am I always pink in the comparison graphs and the women are blue?
I've been thinking about how to make a clock with big seven segment LED displays and an ethernet connection with a DHCP and NTP client so it has the right time, and do it with an 8-bit modern microcontroller, or maybe a 32-bit one. Maybe crazy, or maybe fun. I think I'll wait until I get past some major deadlines at work so the stress comes down first.
I don't know anyone else around here anymore who I might have fun with on Friday night. They all moved away. Job issues, though. Really, it wasn't me. Honest!
As an example of the fun I have with technology, I have an Atari 7800 (plays Atari 2600 games, too) hooked up to my TV by an S-Video connection (I modified the Atari), and I connect an unmodified Playstation controller to the Atari with an adapter I made because the 7800's controllers hurt my hands, but Playstation controllers don't. The adapter uses an 8-bit microcontroller from Microchip (PIC16F628); I wrote the program for it and designed the circuit. I use a custom cartridge someone else made that provides a menu of lots of games to play that are stored on a memory card.
Not really private, just trivia.