A recurring problem in my life is that I Like Too Many Things and lack the time to explore all my interests in full.
Let's get this out of the way, I was born with Cerebral Palsy. I'm ambulatory with crutches, but often use a power wheelchair. Depending on my mood, any comment that I’m “inspiring” or have “overcome adversity” will be met with a combination of laughter, sarcasm or a serious discussion about socio-economic position in the modern world.
Maybe it's a mistake to admit it upfront here instead of letting people get to know me first, but I feel like it's best to be open about it. In most respects, my life is entirely normal.
Everyone I know would say this is the least interesting thing about me.
If you have questions about how it affects me, just ask! I’ll be happy to answer them.
For me, language is at the center of how I understand, process and enjoy pretty much everything.
I love arguments, debates, and philosophical discussions whether serious, theoretical or silly.
I love humor and probably spend the majority of my background brain-cycles waiting to deliver, perfectly time, multi-layered jokes in reaction to what people say/do. These leads to a lot of good jokes and a selection of bad/mediocre/terrible jokes.
I spend a lot of time consuming narrative media (tv/music/books/movies/games, dare I say "art?",) in part, as a way to better understand myself, the people around me and human nature in general (The fact that these also tend to be damn entertaining is a big bonus).
Most of my non-fiction reading these days comes in blog form, with topics ranging from economics, politics and philosophy to sex, geek culture and humor.
Politically, I'm best described as a "classical liberal." I value individual freedom above all else and think that free markets solve many (but not all problems) better than the government, but recognize that government is sometimes necessary.
I'm nocturnal, a typical weekday has me going to bed around 3am and I sleep way less than I should, but I always hate going to sleep when there’s so much interesting going on
If I'm awake, one of three things is on: music, the tv (which is either playing really awesome television or a good movie, see below) , or a podcast (This American Life, The Moth, Planet Money).
I'm sure I'm omitting lots of important things, but if I haven't piqued your interest by now, I doubt they matter, at the margin.