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A geeky, friendly guy of somewhat varied interests.
I'm involved in local fandom
; I volunteer at a local literary
convention, and attend the Worldcon
most years. I play and design
, though none professionally yet. Despite a brief
flirtation with the guitar, I don't play an instrument, but I sing
I don't think I'm a stereotypical Seattle-area geek, but I'd be
hard-pressed to point to exactly where I deviate from the standard
What I’m doing with my life
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I'm pretending to be a responsible adult. I'm happily married to
settling into a new house, and mostly-enjoying my day job in the
software industry. I keep an active social calendar, at least by
geek standards, and I try to strike a balance between the stuff I
do for money and the stuff I do because it's too interesting to
I’m really good at
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I'm good at writing puzzles
- things that seem
incomprehensible at first but unwrap like a present when you start
to think about them. Also, bending computers
to my will, mostly in
service of my Corporate Overlords. And a few other things, mostly
impractical but interesting to me.
The first things people usually notice about me
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I wish I could be one of those people who says "I don't know what
people notice about me." But I do. They shout "nice socks!" and I
am never, never sure if they're being ironic or sincere.
I have very interesting socks.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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I fall in love with books, music and food the way a high-schooler
falls in love: quickly, utterly sincerely, and often not all that
long in the grand scheme of things. These are a few of my current
crushes and long-term flings:
I'm not that into movies or TV, to be honest. Nothing against them;
I just never seem to have the time to dedicate to them except as a
social pursuit. I'll happily watch things with you, but I won't go
home and catch up on your favorite series.
The Mind's "I"
, The Phantom Tollbooth
Player of Games
, and A Wizard of Earthsea
The last few artists in heavy rotation on my iPod include:
, Janelle Monae
, The Magnetic Fields
, Thomas Dolby
, Amanda Palmer
, Dream Theater
(Outside is a criminally underrated album.)
Anything interestingly spiced and creatively made. I haven't found
a cuisine that didn't have something to appreciate in it, though I
have a soft spot for well-done variations on traditional dishes.
Conveyor-belt sushi is my guilty pleasure.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
The science geek in me wants to give a glib answer, and list things
like "breathable atmosphere" and "food" here, but that's really not
very revelatory about me, is it?
Honestly, I'm not sure there's anything I could never do without. I
like my comfortable life, but I don't think any of my modern
conveniences are absolute necessities to go on living. As long as
there are other people around, and at least some of them are
friendly, I think I could find a way to get through.
All of that notwithstanding: I'd be pretty peeved to have to do
without the Internet; too many of my friends are chat-pals these
days. And there are some things that I keep with me all the time.
So, let's call the list at my phone and my glasses, and figure that
I'll improvise the rest.
The rest of the things I'd want to list... aren't things,
and something rubs me the wrong way about listing people alongside
things. So, that's something about me, I suppose.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
My job - I'm lucky enough to work on an interesting problem for a
living, and I'm often mulling it over in the back of my head. Game
design - I'm fascinated by the process of abstraction that turns a
real thing into an interesting toy to engage with. The state of the
world - I think this is an interesting and somewhat frightening
time to be a human, and I'm wondering how much that's true and how
much it's the exceptionalism that every generation subscribes to:
nobody else has ever had it quite as bad as we do, right?
Like many engineering-types, I want to find solutions to a lot of
the real problems of the world. Unlike many engineering-types, I
don't much buy into the idea that strongly self-interested
solutions are the way to do it. If you're a fan of Ayn Rand, it's
not going to work out. Sorry.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
At home, playing board games
with friends. I've been
hosting a regular Friday night get-together with friends for a
while now - I've never been comfortable in bars and clubs (too
noisy, too much pressure to put on a good show), and having a
regular excuse for friends to come over means I've always got
something to look forward to at the end of the week. The weeks I'm
not doing that, I'm usually out somewhere with some other friend,
or getting a nice dinner at a restaurant.
You should message me if
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you want to catch a concert in Seattle, or play board games at a
coffee shop, or talk about what consciousness really means.
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