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My self-summary
I'm not a vegetarian or a vegan, but I'm not strictly a carnivore either, and will happily eat just about any well cooked meal. (That said, I do tend to prefer vegetarian food that isn't trying to be fake meat -- I'd rather have an interesting variation on beans and rice than beans that have been squished into the shape of a hamburger.)

I'm fairly certain I was agnostic for as long as I paid enough attention to what I did or didn't believe to have any opinion at all. Sometime near the end of college I realized "atheist" was the better label.

I'm something of a geek and a technophile, which is pretty handy in regards to my professional life. On the other hand, of course, it means I am somewhat awkward when it comes to interacting with people ;p
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a software engineer and web developer, and more or less always have been (though I did spend a year making silly little Flash games, which is along the same lines but not quite the same thing). I put rather a lot of time into work, but for the most part I enjoy what I do and it does pay all my bills, so I can't really complain too much about it taking up a lot of my attention.

I'm an east coast transplant to Portland, and have always loved it here. I'm fairly certain I'm settled for a while, but wouldn't quite be ready to say I'd never go anywhere else.

Free time gets divided up between hiking, wandering the city, eating interesting food, and trying out promising beer (and sometimes playing games of all sorts).
I’m really good at
I think that I'm pretty good at my job, and at software development in general.

I've been told I'm a fairly good teacher, and I consider that a substantial compliment.
The first things people usually notice about me
I... have no idea. My hat, maybe (if I'm wearing a hat)?

People have mentioned that I usually seem to have a sort of half-smile on my face -- I don't know at what point they notice that though.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
These are all mixes of "favorites" and "most recent"...

Books: Medium Raw, The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, A Wrinkle In Time, The Hobbit, The Wizard of Earthsea series, The End of Faith, Sex At Dawn, the His Dark Materials trilogy and the Hunger Games trilogy (didn't like the movie, though).

Movies: Man Woman Wall, The Puffy Chair, District 9, The History Boys, Easier With Practice, The Constant Gardener, Vera Drake, Notes on a Scandal, The Princess Bride, Freakonomics; pretty optimistic about The Dark Knight Rises too, but haven't seen it yet

Music: Mumford & Sons, Jonathan Coulton, Paul & Storm, Rush, Airborne Toxic Event, Editors, Fun

Food: I enjoy trying new foods, and it's unusual for me to find food that I really dislike (though, once in a while it happens). I'm always keen on sushi and Ethiopian food, and I get a lot of use out of the Laughing Planet on the ground floor of my apartment building. (I generally don't get any closer to "fast food" than that though.)

TV (always via Netflix or iTunes): Sherlock, Breaking Bad (really amazed with how dark and tense season 5 has been), Nip/Tuck, Battlestar Galactica, Avatar: The Last Airbender (not keeping up with Legend of Korra yet), Star Trek: TNG, Game of Thrones

And some card & board games I enjoy: Munchkin, Dixit, Fluxx, Citadels, The Stars Are Right, Forbidden Island; and the BSG board game is just plain brilliant.
Six things I could never do without
- My Kindle
- My iPhone (I know... it's terrible, but I'd be completely lost without it now)
- Satisfying and interesting food and drink
- Really good socks (I walk a lot, so this is very important ;p)
- Coffee (I've tried to give up coffee once or twice... but I always come crawling back -- usually with a terrible withdrawal headache)
- Occasional whimsy
On a typical Friday night I am
Honestly, most Friday nights are just recovery from the week lately.

Instead, here's a list of things I enjoy doing, even though it's usually not a Friday when I do them:

- OMSI after dark
- City wandering (often this includes coffee or drinks, depending on the time of day and where I've wandered to)
- Assorted theater and art events
- Board game nights
- Ground Kontrol from time to time
- Beer festivals
- Science pubs
- Hiking
- Food and drink adventures
- Live music once in a while (I've been doing this a little more lately)
- Movie going (usually second-run movie-and-a-beer situations, but not always)

I still haven't gotten around to checking out either the rock gym or the bouldering gym, but I'd like to eventually.
You should message me if
You think we'd get along and might want to get together to figure out if we actually hit it off or not.

Maybe we can do something from that "on a typical Friday night" question up there -- or maybe you can suggest a completely different and awesome idea?
The two of us