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My self-summary
I'm a nerd who's glad to be one. Most of my hobbies are either sci-fi- or geek-related, but I'm open to broadening my horizons. Books, comics, video games, board games, movies, strange television... when I have time, it's all good.

Of course, I do have a job, other hobbies, and enjoy meeting new people and hanging out with friends. Recently I've been making a point of hanging out at a local board-gaming pub to meet new people, and had some success and lots of fun.

Just being honest, I do have some extra weight right now. I'd like to get into better shape, but it's a lot easier to keep up an exercise routine when one isn't doing it alone.

I used to sing in a choir, and kind of miss it. I don't watch much TV as such, but the Netflix streaming service is great. I like gadgets and tinkering with computers, and have an academic interest in religion, skeptical thought, and general science. Lately I've been trying to learn to draw, although I don't have a whole lot to show for it yet.

"There is no life I know
to compare with pure imagination.
Living there you'll be free...
if you truly wish to be."
What I’m doing with my life
I'm currently making a living providing tech support for a local tech company. It's about as thrilling as it sounds, assuming it doesn't sound remotely thrilling. Some day I'd like to get into development, and possibly the games industry, but at the moment I'm glad to be able to do good work and support myself.

Been in Austin for a couple of years now, but always looking for new cool people and places there. Say hello! :D
I’m really good at
Expounding on boring, nerdy topics at length? Kidding. ;)

Seriously, though, I've been told I have a good sense of humor, and am generally very easy to get along with.

Also, I'd like to think I'm a fairly smart guy, although I'm probably not the most impartial judge of that.
The first things people usually notice about me
These days, I'd guess that's my beard. If I currently have facial hair and don't have my hair tied back, I've been told more than once that I looked like Jesus.

Otherwise, I'd have to guess I register as a big, quiet guy until I get to know someone. I tend to be polite and a little shy with new people, at least until I can get to know them a bit.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Pandora's Star, The Atrocity Archives, The Demon-Haunted World, American Gods, the Recluse books, The Magicians, Neverwhere, World Without End, The God Delusion, Un Lun Dun, the Harry Potters, Old Man's War... I DID mention the nerd thing, right?
(This is in addition to lots of various comics, which I can absolutely go into if you're interested.)

Movies: Three Amigos, Fifth Element, Shaun of the Dead, Incredibles, Cannibal(The Musical), Up, Arsenic and Old Lace, Scott Pilgrim, Tucker and Dale Vs Evil, various MST3K, Cloud Atlas, old Disney stuff, pretty much anything Miyazaki...

Shows: Futurama, Doctor Who, Walking Dead, Firefly, Star Trek(: Pretty Much Anything), Stargate, Mythbusters, Archer, Dexter, Psyche, Lost Girl, Burn Notice... Netflix streaming is a good thing. :)
(Also some anime, see the above note on comics)

Music: Currently fond of BT, Dragonforce, Regina Spektor, Jonathan Coulton, Symphony of Science, Supreme Beings of Leisure, Bowling for Soup, and Architecture in Helsinki. In a word, "eclectic".

Food? Food is good. I tend to fall into a groove, going to the same restaurants and getting the same things, but that's more convenience than preference. Allergic to peppers, which is VERY inconvenient here in Texas, but spice via peppercorns and curries and such is very tasty.
I am a bit of a beer snob. I don't tend to drink all that often, so when I do I prefer something tasty rather than brownish water.
Six things I could never do without
A computer(of some kind),
Air conditioning(negotiable in cooler climate, not Texas summer!),
Good friends,
Good food,
and a good book.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Story ideas for books and games. Or sometimes some neat science fact I've recently heard.

Does anyone else like to imagine hypothetical conversations with people that don't exist? Maybe that's just me.
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably hanging out with friends, playing games (board or video), or both. I'm not a total shut-in, but most of my hobbies are indoors, so unless I make plans with friends, I tend to stay in. (Not that I'd be adverse to changing that.)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am not a deeply religious man. More specifically, I would describe myself as a rationalist first, or weakly atheist if pressed. I find it a fascinating subject to study, but a religion is not the center of my life, nor is it likely to be. You certainly don't have to feel the same for us to get along, but it helps.

Is that private? Not really, no. It is important, though, and I need to leave SOME things to talk about on a date. :)
You should message me if
If nerds and geeks don't somehow offend you on general principle, I'd love to hear from you. We probably have some common ground somewhere. :) You don't have to share my hobbies, and I don't expect anyone to like all of them, but being at least a bit nerdy yourself, and enjoying it, is a major plus.

Also, if something in my profile really abruptly turns you off, I'd appreciate a heads-up on that, even if you're not interested in pursuing something. I make an effort to always say what I mean, so I may not change it, but I'm always interested in suggestions to help refine this thing, and there's not a really good way to get useful feedback.

(If I've visited your profile more than once and not messaged, I apologize... I have a bad habit of browsing when I'm not in a position to send a well-thought-out message. If I seem interesting, say hello!)
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