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My self-summary
I'm a professional programmer at a heartless multinational conglomerate.

I have a wide array of interests, mostly clustered on the academic end of nerdy: linguistics and recreational math (both of which I'm terrible at), film and genre literature, conlangs, and generative fiction, among other things.
What I’m doing with my life
I spend all my daylight hours at work, pretty much. When I get home, I watch anime or argue on IRC.

Every once in a while, I get a stroke of inspiration and release an album of experimental electronic music. I usually create the whole thing in one sitting. I've made in excess of thirty-five of these since I started in 2007. I don't particularly like most of them, but unless the stats page is lying to me, I do have a few dedicated fans and a much greater number of casuals.

I'm slowly working my way through several books: Ian Banks' Culture novels, an anthology of Weird Fiction, and a book about the history of occult influences on political movements written by the former bassist of post-punk band Blondie.

Every few months, I decide that I want to learn a foreign language. I'm halfway through a duolinguo course in German, dropped about six months ago, and likewise with Esperanto, dropped sometime in August. I took Russian at college and I've managed to forget all of it. I took French for six years and have forgotten all of it. Somehow, I have pretty good understanding of spoken Japanese, despite never having seriously studied it -- but I definitely couldn't speak it.

While I'm at work, I listen to university lectures at double speed. I don't think I'm retaining much, but it helps me feel a little more productive.

I live alone with my cat. I'm a cat lord.
I’m really good at
I can argue at length about things that don't matter. It's not a very marketable skill.
The first things people usually notice about me
You're reading this profile -- you tell me.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books (fiction): I am very much into cyberpunk and post-cyberpunk novels (Gibson's cyberspace and bridge trilogies particularly). I'm a big fan of everything written by Neal Stephenson. I am an increasingly big fan of the novels of Charles Stross. I love Phillip K Dick's novels, but I find his style during the amphetamine-fueled period uninspired, so I have a hard time pushing through them. The works of Johnathan Lethem, Umberto Eco, Bruce Sterling, and Ian Banks are growing on me. I am a fan of Cordwainer Smith. I'm trying to cultivate an interest in Pynchon, but I started too late and now it's hard to get enough contiguous time for the kind of real reading binge you need to get on to appreciate his stuff. I've also found that pretty much any dystopian horror/SF that comes out by a staff writer at Cracked is interesting and entertaining, so I may need to rearrange my shelves to have a section dedicated to David Wong at some point. My goodreads profile is: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/49266331-john-ohno

Books (nonfiction): Robert Anton Wilson, Jacques Vallee, and Charles Fort are consistently entertaining. I'm halfway through at least four of Douglas Hofstadter's doorstops. Daniel Dennett's Intuition Pumps was great. I enjoyed The Information. Stephen Johnson's Interface Culture and Steven Levy's Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution are touchstones from my youth. I consider McLuhan to be best appreciated as a kind of blank verse, and I treat reading Zizek as a form of bibliomancy, but I thoroughly enjoy them both. Mitch Horowitz's Occult America was a great read.

Movies: My all time favorite films are Repo Man, Pi, and Real Genius. During the past year or so, I've been getting into 70s and 80s schlock horror and 70s import giallo. Netflix thinks that I like scandanavian-produced audio-engineering-centric psychological horror black comedies, and netflix is absolutely correct, although I think they may be overestimating the size of that genre. Recent favorite films: Suspiria, Berberian Sound Studio, The Innocents, Kiss Me Deadly, Strange Days.

Music: All time favorites are Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead. I have a soft spot for 80s new wave: Oingo Boingo, Gary Numan, Tears for Fears, Devo. Third Eye Blind's eponymous album holds a lot of baggage for me. I go in and out of long periods of listening to nothing but Tool or Skinny Puppy.

TV shows: I like cynical british comedies (Yes Prime Minister, Hyperdrive) and the occasional space opera (Babylon 5, in my estimation, is superior to DS9). I thoroughly enjoyed the first season of Halt and Catch Fire, but I found it emotionally painful to watch. Mostly, I watch anime: Serial Experiments Lain, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Kiddy Grade are perpetual favorites, but after many years of spending only minimal effort keeping up with new releases, I'm finally getting around to making time to watch recent shows, with a greater emphasis toward gag/romance comedy shows. Recent picks: Tatami Galaxy, Shin Seki Yori, Kill la Kill, Punch Line, Yamada-Kun and the Seven Witches. Everything by Ikuhara is good: Utena, Pingdrum, and Yurikuma all made me cry.

Food: I like cooking, and do so whenever I have energy left over from work; because that's pretty rare, I've been making a lot of stuff that's good in large batches and easy to re-heat: stews, soups, broths. I have a killer recipe for spicy stove-top mac and cheese with sriracha, cinnamon, and garlic, which is better than it sounds. I love ginger -- ginger snaps, candied ginger, pickled ginger. Basically, there is no food that could not be made better by the application of cinnamon and ginger. I also have an incredible sweet tooth. Lately I've been making a lot of processed pickles -- mostly pickled peppers & eggs.
The six things I could never do without
My books, my computer, music, caffeine, mechanical pencils (GOOD ones), and my cat.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The situationist movement, oulipo, McLuhan, and retrofuturism.

The sapir-worf hypothesis.

Memory reconsolidation. Social priming. Social contagion. Folie aux deux. Laughing plagues and dancing plagues.

Fish-falls and frog-falls. Sleep paralysis. Ultraterrestrials.

The possibility of a quantitative science of experimental literature. Alchemy and mysticism as an early form of pop-psychology. Fringe political movements where one extreme blends into its opposite, like accelerationism. Fully automated fiction generation.

Cut-ups as bibliomancy. Markov chains as bibliomancy. Bibliomancy as apophenia. Apophenia as bibliomancy. The eliza effect. The tetris effect (both). The results of priming upon memory reconsolidation. The results of priming on priming. The results of priming on apophenia. Horn clauses.
On a typical Friday night I am
On IRC, or watching a movie. Alternately, I also spend a lot of time on the Cool Freaks Wikipedia Club and Unsuccessful Useless Unpopular Memes facebook groups. When I'm not doing those things and not at work, I am scrolling mindlessly through tumblr.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I absolutely love really crappy harem shows -- especially if they have a supernatural element. I overanalyze the hell out of them, too. Usually, if you look too closely at a piece of trashy media, you open up wide vistas of unexpected possibility.
You should message me if
you're bored? You think my weird-ass obsessions are interesting?

I talk at length and in depth when something interests me. Don't message me if you want to talk about the weather. Unless you have something interesting to say about the weather. Like, if you're a meteorology nerd and you know interesting things about weather patterns, absolutely talk to me about the weather, because that sounds really cool.

I physiologically can't drink alcohol to the extent that I could possibly enjoy its intoxicating effects. If you require mutual alcohol intoxication as a component of social interaction, you might not want to bother with me.

As a policy, I don't message people first. (It always feels like I'm intruding.) So, if you have an interest in me, message me. Otherwise, nothing will happen.