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
b) Collateral, Jin-Roh, Dave, Shawshank Redemption, Aliens, Secondhand Lions, It's a Wonderful Life, Two Towers, Flight of Dragons, Groundhog Day, Death to Smoochy, Frailty, Falling Down, Snatch, Payback
e) TV (I'm adding it, dammit!): MillenniuM, Penn & Teller's Bullshit, Farscape, Muppet Show, Robotech (almost pure nostalgia), House, Serial Experiments Lain
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.