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My self-summary
Edit 6/26/2016: My profile is woefully out of date, but I'm moving to Austin in late August. Shoot me a message and we'll meet up eventually!

I'm Brandon, a tallish software engineer in this illustrious croissant city. I was raised throughout the Gulf South by a pair of high school sweethearts from Mobile, but after ten years, this is home. There's territory around here yet I'm anxious to chart. Mostly east of Mid-city.
What I’m doing with my life
Devising a winning strategy for cultural capital. Improving my laundry folding efficiency.
I’m really good at
Feigning humility and agreement, malaproper nouns (e.g. Winn Shitzie, Dawson's Asscheek, T.J. Maxxipad).
The first things people usually notice about me
A bit of the South in my speech, my astonishing decency
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Games: If I do say so myself I've curated a fine collection of 90's Tetris: The Grand Master arcade boards in recent years as well as a legit arcade cabinet into which I dump a couple of hours a week. Also a chess player (infrequently of late) and lover of the Harper's Cryptic Crossword.

Reading: I aspire to get through The Economist, which is tough or impossible when the world keeps pumping out a hundred pages worth of stuff weekly. My book taste changes from season to season but the steady influx of books does not, nowadays of the e-variety. The flavor of this season is tech/software topics though I dabble into the humanities; not much fiction lately; David Foster Wallace essays; Dennett; popular math and science books

Podcasts: Security Now!, Sawbones, On The Media, Oh No: Ross and Carrie, Lore, Thank God I'm Atheist, The Changelog, Windows Weekly
Six things I could never do without
Condiments, coffee, good sheets, diet coke, Tetris, spaghetti sauce
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My ~7.2 GB planning spreadsheet. I love Excel, greatest thing to ever originate from Redmond, WA.

4/25/2013: The past 4 days it was chicken and andouille gumbo, which came out so well it seems a sacrilege to take credit for cooking it.
On a typical Friday night I am
Staring at a screen on the couch.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've been defeated over the chessboard by a twelve-year-old, and if we played again right now I am sure it would happen again. Very much pissed off on account of this. Hence my longstanding conviction that child labor laws should be reconsidered. . .
The two of us