I finished my PhD in music history at UCLA and moved to NC for a professor job (though I am Ohioan by birth, I consider myself an "adopted angeleno"). That pretty much outs my nerd credentials. I was an eagle scout, thus spent a substantial amount of my youth roaming the wilderness in the summers. I have no qualms with wandering and took my love of hiking/walking to the streets (and hilltops, mountains) of LA. I read quite a bit. And I like to think I have a pretty good sense of self-deprecating humor.
Most days I am thinking about (some days even writing) a book.
I was not a video game person until I went to graduate school. Since then, I have managed to get pulled into the wondrous world of action/adventure games, RPGs, and anything that pushes the boundaries of these ludo-audio-visual landscapes.
What I’m doing with my life
Writing and writing and writing. Working on my p90x3 and waving an
angry fist at Dreya Webber every chance I get. But it is a
I’m really good at
The first things people usually notice about me
Smile. Kindness. Laugh. Eyes. I often prefer the scenic route.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I've been swallowed by A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones).
Read the first three books in about a month. soon to start the
fourth. I miss reading Barbara Kingsolver.
I really love early Hollywood musicals. There is just something
delightful about people bursting into song and those dramatic stage
numbers appearing out of thin air. 1930s and 40s Hollywood is
terribly underrated (don't hate on the black and white film).
I prefer long-form narratives, so my bias is heavily tilted toward
television and video games (RPGs, etc.).
TV: Prime Suspect, The Closer, Breaking Bad, Battlestar Galactica
(reboot), Star Trek, MI-5, Burn Notice, Buffy/Angel, Friday Night
Lights, The Shield, Downton Abbey, Skins, True Blood.
Video Games: Knights of the Old Republic, KOTOR 2, Dragon Age, Mass
Effect, Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3, Bioshock (incomplete), Fable,
Fable II (incomplete), Still Life, Advent Rising, Indigo
As for music, I can enjoy just about anything (hence the
The six things I could never do without
books, xbox 360, coffee, Craig Ferguson, p90x, and the ocean.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
video games, television dramas, music (clearly...), politics
(liberal), science fiction, and so forth. when i cannot sleep i
read supreme court decisions. i find them fascinating.
On a typical Friday night I am
a) attempting to be social;
b) (re)playing mass effect 2 or 3 on the xbox;
d) musing with my colleagues.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a fear of flour (the texture). It seriously creeps me out in
a major way.
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