"ethancd (if that is your real name), what is your deal?"
I wish I knew. I'm still in the process of figuring it all out. But here, let me help you out and give you my current working hypothesis.
First off, I'm into polyamory in both theory and practice: I currently have a super epic girlfriend up in Boston (whose husband is pretty cool too). She's a little bit new to this kind of thing, but she sends her regards.
I studied linguistics (systematic analysis of language) for a few years in Tucson, but I decided that the academic's life wasn't for me... just in time to catch a really great opportunity to move out to New York and learn how to be a web developer. From there, I came out to Silicon Valley to cash in on my epic skills.
I've been tinkering with creative work for a while, doing everything from performance poetry, to metalworking, to board game design, to web development. Being productive is fun!