titles I cop to: teacher, Dad, political animal, pragmatist, knowledge engineer, meta-agnostic, maker, science writer, idealist, fool for Love, Lover of mystery
I'm never mean - except, y'know, under very special circumstances ;)
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Going through a lot of transitions in the past several years, I've come more and more to embrace my need to innovate, to combine the creative and the technical, to bring disparate perspectives together, and to foment change as central to who I am and what I have to offer.
My focus is on knowledge, and my kind of revolution has to do with learning and artisanship exploding everywhere, especially beyond the online world. Fortunately this is happening in small ways already. I belong to some really cool hacker/maker spaces. I've also been known to get involved in the big-tent incarnations of the Occupy movement.
I'm a lover of live theater and music, as well as a foodie and good cook when I have the space, but have to admit that none of that comes first for my spare time. My "must do", when things get tight, is getting outdoors for a good hike.
I'm a gregarious introvert, and can easily be mistaken for an extrovert if I'm feeling energized - say, at a party (or perhaps on a date). But I do need more downtime to recharge than a proper extrovert.
I like to tease. I'm sociable, quietly assertive, and enjoy trying to figure out the bigass mysteries of the universe.
I am drawn to smart and quirky people. I love hiking, art of most any kind (well, y'know, *some* of it), science and tech, politics, teaching, tinkering, unusual happenings and eclectic communities.
More things I love: camping and stargazing, children, and making useful stuff out of unusual materials. I also have a spiritual side (though what vocabulary to attach to it is an open question).
I love tinkering around with electronics, optics, artsy tools of all kinds, and odd gizmos. I like to try my hand at various little arts and craft projects: carving chunks of glass, painting and dyeing things, polishing a gnarled old manzanita branch, or pulping and layering paper with wheatpaste.
I can have a surprising amount of fun browsing the adhesives and epoxies aisle at the hardware store, hunting for surplus cork or bamboo flooring, or making costumes. Doing some science teaching and being a dad serve as good excuses for stuff like that.
And I am a Dad to two fiendishly smart girls, who stay with me some of the time.
I took the Short, Accurate Myers-Briggs Personality Quiz, which claims I am an INTP "the thinker". Often I score as an INFP on these (sometimes called 'the healer') but I am so close to the midline on both introversion/extroversion and thinking/feeling -- which this latest test also confirms -- that it's easy to contend ENFP and ENTP (the "enthusiastic innovators") are just as relevant to who I am. My personal experience tends to bear this out.
Back when we had those three "I am" blanks to fill in at the top of our profiles, I admit to being a proud of myself for having squeezed in "I am a lover of adventure, an everyday mystery, and a moment, stretching."