I am a self-taught scholar of American history, particularly with regard to the ideological origins of conflict in the Colonial and Revolutionary periods. I am also deeply interested in the "American Civil War."
I am learning to play the bagpipes. I currently suck. Badly. Really really badly. That is, I am occasionally able to bust out a complete scale in each direction, badly. Thankfully, practice chanters are FAR less annoying than the real thing, which is probably why I am still alive to type this.
I usually register as an ENTJ: Fieldmarshal on the Keirsey Bates MBTI, but sometimes I come out as an ESTJ: Supervisor, depending on my mood.
I am a student of Austrian economics and anarcho-capitalism. I am a High Priest of the Blue Star Tradition of Wicca.
If there is one thing in this world that I believe in, it is the power and virtue of human liberty.
I am an avid Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder player; I've played since I was 7 years old, and I've been running games since I was 13. (It only recently occurred to me that this means I've been playing D&D for 20 years.) I started out playing 2nd Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in 1989, and begrudgingly switched to 3rd Edition, and later happily made the jump to Edition 3.5. However, after skimming the new 4th Edition books, I seriously doubt that I'll be making the move to the new game.
I'm also a fan of White Wolf pen & paper RPG's set in the World of Darkness, especially Vampire: The Masquerade and Vampire: The Dark Ages. I haven't had the opportunity to play the latest incarnation of Vampire (The Requiem), and after perusing the sourcebook, I have very little interest in doing so. I have recently fallen in love with the Serenity RPG.
I am a corvidophile.
I am a movie geek, a music geek, a D&D geek, a random trivia geek, a firearms geek, a wiki geek, and possibly many other _________ geeks, and thanks to wikipedia and google, I am a retroactive expert on every subject known to man.
I am also known as the Irreverent Pope Ignatius Muskrat the III, Keeper of the Sacred Chao, Grand High Episkopos of the Cabal of Concerned Worms for Mayor, Bishop of the Missing Twisty-Tie, Ordained Priest of the Paratheo-anametamystikhood of Eris Esoteric (POEE), and Legionnaire of Dynamic Discord. (Or not.) I am Genuine and Authorized, so please treat me right!
I am entitled to the following privileges, my card says so:
1 - To invoke infallibility at any time, including retroactively.
2 - To completely rework the structure of the Erisian Church.
3 - To baptize, bury, and marry (with permission of the deceased in the latter two cases)
4 - To excommunicate myself and others, to de-excommunicate myself and others, to re-excommunicate myself and others, and to de-re-excommunicate (no backsies) myself and others.
5 - To perform all rites and functions deemed to be improper to a Pope of Discordia.
Then again, every man, woman, and child on Earth is a Pope (or Mome, if you prefer) of Discordia, so I'm not much special in that regard.
I am a career U.S. Coast Guardsman, and habitually weird out my co-workers without much effort. I have sizable portions of my body covered in ink, and I am somewhat interested in breaking into the field of tattoo design and artistry at some point.
My wife and I are in a polyamorous relationship as stated below, and we are each (individually) interested in friendship and potentially intimate relationships with other poly-friendly persons.
*** NOTE *** In the interest of clarification, this does not mean we are looking to add a third person to our existing relationship, only that we are both consensually exploring the potential for intimate (not necessarily or exclusively sexual) relationships outside of our marriage. (would it have been less complicated to say that from the start? Yes, probably...)
I tell you: One must still have chaos in one to give birth to a dancing star.
I am quixotic, liberty-loving, and tilts-at-windmills