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My self-summary
This is/was created to send messages to a friend and make his profile look more popular. Though apparently, that's not really how this thing works.

Incidentally, I spend my life striving to live a lifestyle somewhere between that of Buckaroo Banzai, and Steve Zissou. At least in my daydreams.

I haven't created this to look for any new friends, but of course I always like to meet interesting people and such. There's a reasonable chance, however, that I'll never look at this again.
[EDIT] (Yeah, that didn't come to be. I'm really enjoying reading profiles.)

I'm quite introverted and a weak conversationalist with folks I don't know well--much better in small groups, though even then I enjoy mostly speaking in absurdities.

I probably don't take anything in life quite serious enough, and at times get frustrated at myself for that. I probably overcompensate at times, one way or the other, with my publicly projected persona. (Notice the slight Hal Hartley reference there?)

Being outdoors and on the (salt) water feel like my favorite places, but I'm afraid that if given the option I'd spend way too much time lying in bed reading.

I enjoy competitive and difficult activities, but don't feel competitive about them and can't ever take them quite seriously enough (as mentioned above).

Did I mention I like to dance? (apologies to Flynt Flossy)
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a grad student working on matters related to mathematics and the marine environment, work for a small marine consulting company, and captain a research vessel.

I've got two interesting kids and a groovy wife. I spend most of my free time with them, and have thus neglected most of my real friendships, though fall back in with my good friends easily enough when the opportunities arise.

I used to work quite hard at maximizing my competitive running abilities, but have really only left it at the hobby-jogging level for the past few years. Mainly I've just stayed fit enough to do a bit of mountain running, and take advantage of the opportunity to run some fun/painful workouts with some of the Seattle folks. Recently I've started trying to re-aquatint myself with rigorous training, and hope to do reasonably well in the Masters (read: old folks) division I'll soon be entering.

My work takes me around the inland waters of Washington state throughout the summer, and I absolutely love it. This summer I've been able to enjoy mountain and trail running in areas such as those near Seiku, Orcas, Bellingham, Anacortes, and the leeward and Hood Canal facing Olympics. I always end up a bit disappointed that I don't get more extended hiking in during the summers though.

I also really like traveling to new places and getting tastes of new cultures and cuisines. We've been away from travel much while I've been back to grad school, and we're all really looking forward to some extended trips once that's over.
I’m really good at
Saying absurdist and sometimes inappropriate things at the wrong times in social situations.

I used to be a pretty good competitive, though certainly non-elite runner (Division 3 All-American in steeplechase, 5th at USATF 50 mile trail race national championships for those who are curious and/or familiar with such).

I tend to be pretty good at trivia games.

I might pride myself on my ability to create absolutely scrumptious meals in the tiny galley of my research vessel.
The first things people usually notice about me
My big ears. Unless I'm wearing a hat.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I read so much science fiction. Lately I've enjoyed a lot from the "new space opera" sub-genre. Sometimes I have to almost force myself to read non-science fiction books, though I absolutely love much of what I read there too. My favorite non-science fiction authors are probably Helen DeWitt, Vladimir Nabokov, and Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Some science fiction authors I've enjoyed a lot lately include China Mieville, Paolo Bacigalupi, Charles Stross, Iain Banks, Alistair Reynolds, Neil Gaiman, Julian May, Ernest Cline, Haruki Murakami and Neal Stephenson.

As far as movies go, I obviously love Buckaroo Banzai and The Life Aquatic (as well as most of Anderson's other work). Hal Hartley might be my favorite director though; I especially love watching his early films over and over and over again. I sometimes go through phases of just wanting to watch dark Russian films. Tarkovsky's are probably my favorite of those.

TV: Firefly, Max Headroom, Cowboy Bebop, Blackadder, Red Dwarf, Monty Python. I have a soft spot for Moonlighting too.

My musical tastes range widely and vary erratically, though I can usually fall back on early 80s New Wave/post-punk, or bebop jazz (conditional on the musician's name starting with an M: Monk, Mingus, Max, Montgomery, Milt, Mort, Miles, other Milt, etc.).

Food: I love all good food. I love eating new and interesting flavors. If cooking I'll usually fall back on Asian styles. I eat lots of seafood, and like almost anything fermented.
Six things I could never do without
Ha! One thing I probably could do with is the ability to commit to a prioritized list and not spend so much time thinking in ambiguities.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I really like science reading at the lay level of Science News or some such, and thinking through the implications of such things (as far as I'm capable). I really appreciate the fact that publications such as these exist to aggregate things from disparate fields just to give a taste of what's going on out there and provide entry points for inquiry on topics new to the reader. We like to have family discussions about at least a couple of articles each issue.

I spend an almost embarrassing amount of time thinking about competitive running.
On a typical Friday night I am
Reading to my kids until I can't keep my eyes open any longer and they have to let me go to sleep.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Well, perhaps the most embarrassing is that I probably read more than 50% of the posts on the LetsRun message boards. Terrible signal to noise ratio, but there are such golden nuggets within the dross. The embarrassing part, though, is that I keep reading through many of the dreck threads. [EDIT: I just found out that LetsRun is among Malcolm Gladwell's favorite sites and he admits to spending way too much time there, so apparently there are others with this same weakness.]

Also: I probably learned >50% of the history I know from Blackadder.

I've always had a bit of a thing for large-ish noses and crooked-ish teeth.

Oh, also that I've spent almost the entire time I've been running the boat from Langley to Port Townsend filling out these fields.

There was a time in my life that I owned over 100 pairs of shoes. It's still probably over 50.

Probably a >20% I'd sleep with Justin Bieber, and I don't even like his music.
You should message me if
Actually you probably shouldn't. Probability is high that I wont write back... unless I know you IRL, or you want to invite me to join in an AD&D (1st edition) campaign, or show me some great running trails, or help me learn how to swing dance, or watch some Hal Hartley films, or some such.
The two of us