I am often fascinated by information. It doesn't even have to be particularly revolutionary information.
In many ways, I'm a stereotypical geek. I'm on the higher end of time spent playing video games. Some of my first real friendships and other relationships as a teenager and as an adult were made or strengthened over Dungeons and Dragons.
Please note my relationship status. I'm in an open marriage. My wife and I generally date separately, but she does know about any dates I have or potential partners I meet.
I sometimes give presentations and talk at trade shows.
I also contribute to a business technology news site, and do some freelance writing and editing.
Absorbing random and often useless knowledge.
Finding YouTube videos to respond to nearly any situation
I can grow a beard pretty quickly
I finished in the top 0.5 percent of Hearthstone players one season. That was pretty bad ass.
Movies: Saw, Evil Dead, Inception, Metropolis, X-Men, The Avengers, Hellrasier.
TV shows: The Blacklist, Criminal Minds, Breaking Bad, Lie to Me, Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, How to Get Away with Murder.
Music: Hugh Laurie, Sophie Milman, Lindsey Stirling, Peter Hollens, Within Temptation, Anais Mitchell. Various jazz. I occasionally still listen to Rammstein. Mostly when I need motivation and angry German music is the only way.
Video Games: Minecraft, Dungeons of Dredmor, Hearthstone, Ark: Survival Evolved, The Sims, Dragon Age (all 3)
Some other things that sometimes that run through my head:
-How adorable/weird cats are
-The fact that we will likely have computers with comparable computing power to the human brain by 2025
-Genetically modified humans exist (also, several of them are high-school age)
-The various descriptors/activities we use as components of our identities
-DARPA made a robot that can learn by watching YouTube videos.
-How much my own biases and perceptions affect my research and the way I interpret data.
-I am sometimes disappointed that Eminem never called one of his albums "Mind over Mathers."
-Does an algorithm know who I should date better than I do (so far, the answer has been yes)?
I enjoy rap songs about enterprise cloud computing platforms
I was once writing about cellular services and I typed "contract flan" instead of "contract plan." I then spent a good half hour imagining the zany adventures of a mercenary pastry that won't take shit from anyone.
You treat others with respect and can contribute meaningfully to conversations.
You don't think it's actually about ethics in video game journalism.
You just want someone to hang out with or talk to. I'd love to meet in person, especially if it's over coffee/tea. But I don't mind more people to talk to online if you prefer.
You want to play video games with me.
You like horror movies and might be interested in going to see some.
You're interested in going out for crepes and/or martinis. This is the best way to get me into a suit, outside of speaking engagements, but I'll assume most of you probably aren't looking to have me talk at your trade shows. I'll totally talk at your trade show if that's what you're looking for, though.
You think it'd be cool to date or have a more casual relationship. For casual stuff, we should at least be friends, though.