Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I'm a large, hairy, nerdy, man who enjoys drinking, reading science
fiction and fantasy novels, playing video games, and arguing with
people. Sometimes I also pretend to be an intellectual and write
papers about Chinese History. Sometimes I also take time off to do
rednecky stuff (shooting, motorcycling, camping etc.).
Most of the time when I take Myers-Briggs type index tests I get
the INTP result. I don't really believe that such things can tell
you much about a person, but most of the descriptions of that
personality type describe my personality much of the time. At
least, in the sense that I am obsessed with systems and logic and
emotionally unconnected, especially when working on a
Also, my Chinese name is 許書聖, which means something like the Saint
of Erudition (or Calligraphy). And is totally awesome.
Also Ron Swanson is my new role-model.
What I’m doing with my life
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I grew up and went to high school in Tampa, went to the University
of North Florida (in Jacksonville. DUVAL!) for College and received
B.A.s in history and economics, with a minor in Asian studies. I
received a Master's degree in Chinese History from Columbia
University two years ago (after living in New York for two years),
then spent the last year at a Chinese language program in Taiwan. I
used that time to see some of the world and work on my partying
skills, and I am now living in my house in North Tampa (inherited
from my grandparents and across the street from Busch Gardens). My
academic career has sort of fallen through in the last month or two
so now I am scrambling to figure out what I'm doing next. Currently
substitute teaching for Hillsborough county but I'm hoping to get
into a better gig.
I’m really good at
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I like to think I'm pretty good at writing history, since I kind of
do that for a living. My Chinese level is also pretty good now (if
they had an option for Fluent-ish, I would pick that rather than
Okay). I used to write a lot of speculative short fiction, and I
thought I was pretty good, but the rejection letters from the
Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction tend to disagree.
Also many people find my chest hair to be impressive, and
that I am quite cuddle-some is well-known.
The first things people usually notice about me
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I have no idea. Maybe the underwear on my head?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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I read a lot of history (mostly about China but in a broad range of
subjects) and philosophy, and occasionally foray into English
101-type great literature. Mostly, though, I read a lot of epic
fantasy and scifi. Favorite book is a toss-up between TH White's
The Once and Future King and The Sand Pebbles by Richard Mckenna.
Oh, and while I may not be into poetry per se, I love e. e.
cummings more than I could say.
As for movies and tv shows, I mostly like sweeping historical
dramas or character-centered dramas. Favorite film probably Cool
Hand Luke. I'm a sucker for the string of "likeable anti-hero acts
as head of criminal enterprise" shows and my favorite show at the
moment is probably Deadwood. Of course, I also love Firefly. Right
now, I'm trying to keep up with The Strain, The Knick, Outlander,
and The Leftovers.
I like mostly classic Rock and classic (though not modern) Country.
Right now I said my favorite band is The Protomen, out of
Tennessee, that do a string of Megaman-themed rock operas. I think
that Bruce Springsteen's "The River" is the saddest song ever
I like all the food.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
4. Interesting Company
6. Understanding that we live in a malevolent universe controlled
by Murphy's law
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Writing, my research, historical theory, the internet, politics,
social dynamics, and what I am going to do in the next five
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Usually out casually drinking. Sometimes out heavily drinking and
sometimes curled up at home with a good book.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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In the last several months, I have gotten, like.... way too far
into watching professional wrestling. WWE.
You should message me if
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Honestly I've only ever received two messages that I didn't
initiate on here, and those were from people I know in real life.
If you feel the desire to message me, by all means, do so.
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