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My self-summary
I�m Gumby, dammit!
Okay, that was a blatant lie. ...And a shameless rip from classic SNL. Okay, so I�m an unequivocal nerd. I kind of have to admit that upfront, what with being an English major with a concentration in Myth & Folklore and all. I currently attend George Mason University. Yeah, that�s a fun daily commute from Dumfries. �Course it made more financial sense before gas doubled in value. Bleedin� entropy�.
Anyway. Personality-wise, I suppose I come off as cynical. I must admit I�m sometimes uncertain of my outlook myself. Usually I think of myself as a frustrated idealist. (Wow, that sounds really conceited when I think about it. Next thing you know I�ll be writing modernist poetry constipated with obscure allusions.) My humor tends towards to the cynical with a deadpan delivery. Bob Hope�s really the only guy who can do good-natured deadpan. Occasionally I start to channel Lewis Black, but I�m willing to write that off as just having listened to too damn much of him my freshman year. Penn & Teller are starting to work their way into my unconscious, again most likely caused by overexposure to Bullshit! In first exposure I�m generally shy, but tend to warm up after a while.
When pressed I tend to side with a Libertarian view in politics, however as a general rule I hate defining myself by politics. (I'm also not so far gone as to apply the libertarian mindset to every matter under the sun.) Philosophically I�m a humanist through and through, running more along the lines of Erasmus, Montaigne and Pico Della Mirandola than the warm-n-fuzzy humanitarians. In the religious arena I�m a materialist. That�s not the same as atheist, necessarily. It just means I think the here and now of the material world should be the primary concern, leaving any unknowable metaphysics to take care of themselves. Carl Sagan�s invisible dragon in the garage, and all that.
What�s next�ah, yes: interests. Well, there�s the mythology thing, which I�m sure you already gleamed from my major. I have a particular interest in cosmogonies and epics. My absolute favorite text in this area is the Illiad, though the Icelandic Sagas are making a pretty good showing. I used to be into modern fantasy, but in recent years my interest has largely waned. Most of what�s out there now comes off as poorly rationalized wish-fulfillment or continuity-constipated escapism. I�m a huge Tolkien fan, but even I have to admit too much is made of him sometimes. Though you�d think it diametrically opposed to the myth stuff, I have a strong interest in science. I must confess I�m not highly trained by any means, but I find the physical world fascinating, and greatly admire those who fully dedicate their lives to reason and the scientific process. (Take that, Wordsworth!)

I am eccentric, hapless, and geeky
What I’m doing with my life
Right now I�m a senior at GMU. My 15 hours of upper-division specialized ENGL course unfortunately is making a job a very unlikely prospect. This is extremely unfortunate. I�m quite fond of spendable currency. After college I�m most likely going to wind up working the dungeon at one periodical publication or another. I�m not too keen on saving the world, and quite honestly more than a little frightened by people who convince themselves it�s their prerogative to do so.
I’m really good at
Cripes, I dunno. I like to think of myself as a humorist of some skill, but that seems a really damn conceited thing to say. Or write. Type. Whatever. All my friends want me to proofread their stuff, so I suppose in their estimation I�ve some gift for the mechanics of language.
The first things people usually notice about me
Long hair. It's about down to the end of my shoulder blades now. After that it's my complete ineptitude in new social environments. That is, unless I've had caffeine, in which case probably that I'm vibrating more than a crack-addled bunny being struck by lightning.
Six things I could never do without
1) Bullshit! DVDs

2) Free will (not that I'm at much risk of really losing that, mind you.)

3) Linear time ('cause otherwise it's all just jumbly)

4) Glasses. I'm friggin' blind without 'em.

5) Computer. My room is maddeningly silent without the hum of 120mm fans.

6) People with senses of humor. Humorless people scare the hell out of me.

I spend a lot of time thinking about
Universal morality versus cultural constructs; the bredth of human behavior with special attention to the capacity for evil; the construction of myth in modern times. Sex is usually in there somewhere, though not at the same time. That'd be slightly weird.
On a typical Friday night I am
Visiting home to remind my parents I'm alive, then playing Guild Wars with my girl.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I often use my humor as a self defence mechanism, both as a cushion against disappointment and as a way to diffuse uncomfortable situations. Also, I'm codependant as hell. I've gotten a lot better about being autonomous in recent years, but I can still get a bit latchy if a relationship turns serious.
You should message me if
You are not, in fact, seeking to save my soul. I already have it invested in overseas affairs, and cannot withdraw it without paying a severance fee of my firstborn.
The two of us