39 Denton, United States
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My self-summary
For the record, the baby is very cute... that is because it is my sister's. The beard, however, is still mine.

I'm currently returning to university to pursue degrees in Cognitive Science. This is after having spent my twenties trying everything under the sun; things like carpentry, data entry, sculpting, stage hand, book binding, book selling, bartending and probably a bunch more that I just can't think of at the moment.

For fun I sculpt, make 3d CG art, write, day-dream, read a lot of non-fiction and a bit of fiction, look for new and unusual music, but then again, I don't really have much time during the regular semesters. So what little time I have I usually try to spend with friends.

I'm generally a really laid back person. Most of the time I'd rather just go out and people watch or just have a long interesting conversation with one person. Mostly, I'm just here to expand all of my social horizons, even if the nature of this site may suggest a certain preference.

I am erudite, eccentric, and circumlocutious
What I’m doing with my life
While I'm not 100% sure what I will do with a graduate degree in Cognitive Science, there are a wide range of possibilities. For the most part, I decided to do this because I have always been fascinated by how the mind works, and the only way to really get involved in understanding the reality behind the mind is to pursue a higher academic degree.

(Update: while not a huge drift from CogSci, I'm concentrating more on Applied Complex Adaptive Systems now...)
I’m really good at
...keeping complex spacial relations in my head, producing a (paralyzingly) large number of potential solutions to a question or problem, thinking at a fourth dimensionally tangential through the box (simply thinking outside of it is so last millennium).
The first things people usually notice about me
I can be quiet and thoughtful one minute and charging into conversation the next.

I tend to find the strangest things funny for no easy to explain reason, so people often notice that I laugh at odd points in a conversation.

And if we must be shallow, then people probably notice the long hair and full beard (especially when it is braided) before anything else.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: all things Cog Sci, complex adaptive systems, neuroscience, AI, linguistics, etc. I have a large library covering a wide range of other topics as well. As for fiction, I like Neil Stephenson and Tom Robbins best, but I try to read a variety of authors when I can.

Movies: mostly things that have a lot of CG recently, I like trying to figure out how this or that was done. Aside from that, my favorite directors are Tim Burton and Hayao Miyazaki.

I'm also really interested in the Talks from TED videos posted on the TED website. If you haven't heard of them you should check out

Music: all sorts of things... I guess most of all I like things like Deep Forrest, Enigma, Unkle Ho. But my playlist includes 80s, french rap, gamelan, Tom Waits, heavy metal, Lilith Fair, classic jazz, movie scores, Nobuo Uematsu, Yoko Kanno etc.

...also, this should be required listening for everyone that has an online profile ANYWHERE

Food: Sushi, Lasagnia, Portabella Fajitas, BBQ Ribs, Indian Curry, Tai Stirfry, Dark Chocolate, Chianti, Sunshine Wheat Beer, Mango Smoothies, Oolong Tea, and so on... I also really like trying new foods and drinks.
The six things I could never do without
A computer with CG software and net access. Something to sip on. Something to write and draw with. My meds, at least the stuff that lets me breathe. Some music to listen to or the means to make my own. A cool place to be, I don't do well in the heat.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How the mind works. How the brain handles language. What the world would be like if those at the top were less greedy, superstitious and short sighted. The next writing or CG project I want to try. That I should be studying more and thinking less (...was that a poorly hidden dig at academia. No couldn't be.)
On a typical Friday night I am
Right now? Sleeping, because there is a good chance I haven't done much of that during the week. Of Course, I could be talked into putting that off under the right circumstances.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I sleep on my couch. This is because I would rather have an Office and a Library than have a Den and a Bedroom.
You should message me if enjoy conversing about the intricacies of the mind, speculating on the future of technology and human events, or just collaborative daydreaming.

Doubly so, if you are close enough (and inclined) to do so over a beer (or coffee) sometime.

Or if you would like to hear the sordid details of my wild past... of course, that's something that will probably only happen over a beer.