37 Kirkland, WA
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My self-summary
I'm a calm, easy going guy. A bit of an introvert - I like spending time with people but need recharge time too. I tend towards a wry goofiness when I am at ease.

I like learning and exploring. Natural history has been one of my big areas of interest, learning birds, plants, track and sign. There are always interesting things to look at when I go for a hike, though I also just enjoy the physicality of a good hike.

Don't let the fact that some of my profile and all of my pictures are outdoorsy fool you :-) I do like the outdoors, but spend plenty of time inside too (usually the outdoor things are more photogenic than the indoor things though - hence the photos). See the "what I'm doing" section if you want to know more about my indoor pursuits :-)
What I’m doing with my life
I like spending time outdoors - walks, hikes, berry picking, sitting by a camp fire. I also like playing games with friends, working on interesting problems, reading, watching movies and tv.

I try to get in some adventuring from time to time, whether that be getting out for a little paddle or taking a train trip to the other side of the continent.

Recent endeavors include:
-Rock hounding - I really enjoy discovering cool rocks and learning some of their secrets. Shhh.
-Pika call analysis. I really enjoying mixing my technological and natural history interests. This summer I started working on a project to analyze audio to pull out pika calls from it and hopefully in the near future analyze the calls to start exploring/answering interesting questions.
I’m really good at
Listening, patience, critical thinking, independent control of my ears. I'm a decent naturalist (I have focused mostly on plants and wildlife tracking to date, I'm starting to get into rocks now but have a long way to go still). I'm pretty good at games. In a relationship I am good at being open about how I am feeling and discussing pretty much anything.

I'm good at guessing - turn me loose on charades or a 'lateral thinking' puzzle and watch out! I think a big part of this is not being worried about being wrong and just trying a bunch of things until something starts to stick.
The first things people usually notice about me
I was once told by a lady on San Juan island that I looked like an islander (I believe she was referring to the way I dress). Guess it makes some sense since I grew up on an island (though in Alaska). A recent summer while I was back on the island I grew up on I definitely noticed a different standard of fashion there.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Camus, The River Why, Michael Pollan, Christopher Moore, Field Guides, Bernd Heinrich, LeGuin, Pratchett, Stephenson, Calvino, Gordon Korman, Jean Craighead George...

Movies: Coen Brothers, UHF, Charlie Kaufman, I Heart Huckabees, Heartbreaker, Stranger Than Fiction, Dr. Horrible, Strictly Ballroom, ...

Shows: Pushing Daisies, Firefly, Brooklyn nine-nine, Parks and Rec, Game of Thrones, Psych

Music:They Might Be Giants, Cake, Barenaked Ladies, Beatles, Johnny Cash, Frank Black, Avett Brothers, Decemberists...
The six things I could never do without
creativity, curiosity, companionship, communication, coffee and conifers.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What's coming next.

How to make meaning.