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My self-summary
Does anyone else dread filling these in? For whatever reason I've never been fond of distilling and encapsulating the essence of who I am in a few hundred words, it feels as if the quirks, and wrinkles and seemingly trivial aspects get lost despite being the very things which make people interesting and worth getting to know. With that in mind, i’ll just go ahead and skip right on past coherence and get right to the random and bizarre...hooray factoids!

My brain can generously be described as a bear trap with the bloody stump of pop cultures leg stuck in it...yeah, no one wants to play trivial pursuit with me anymore....but that’s what Old Toad trivia nights are for!

I wish I had never sold my old NES at a garage sale

My dream retirement involves being an adjunct professor and owning a little pub where the taps and conversation are ever changing and always high quality.

Nothing adds emphasis better than an umlaut.

I wonder if I can simultaneously feel like a luddite at heart while not being able to imagine life without the internet?
What I’m doing with my life
After a few false starts it seemed as if everything was starting to fall into place and I graduated from the U of R with a degree in Biomedical Engineering....then the recession hit. So it was time to improvise! When my attempt at professional dart sharking failed to pay the bills, (how could that not work!) i ended up falling in with small local engineering firm and have been bouncing between loving and loathing it ever since.

As for what i actually do, well in the crassest possible terms, I’m one of the jackasses designing industrial automation systems that help make blue collar jobs redundant. It’s actually a great mix of mechanical and electrical engineering, interface design, algorithm design, and writing code in several bizarre proprietary languages. Basically, it’s never boring, always different, and keeps me on my toes which is a fantastic thing (for both brain and calves!).
The first things people usually notice about me
I’d say the absurd amount of argyle socks i own, but i try not make a habit of introducing myself to people by way of my sock drawer, so probably doesn’t quite hack it as a first impression.

The mirror like finish on the dome could certainly qualify, but you’ll likely be too blinded to notice.

That despite my best efforts to de-furr everything I own, the critter always manages to leave some hair on me somewhere....even if he hasn’t even been in the same room as the clothes.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Without question, Vonnegut has been and will always be my favorite writer. He introduces me to pleasure reading when i was young, and years later when i began to read in earnest again, it was his works that reminded me how amazing a well crafted story can be....that deeply profound ideas can come in deceptively simple packages.

Lately I’ve been reading a lot of China Mieville and Iain Banks...gogo world building. Game of Thrones is probably the next big project though, since i’ve realized that waiting 42 weeks for a new season is just too long a wait for my impatient ass. I love raiding my parents attic for postwar literary goodies complete with faded covers and dried out, brittle yellow pages. I really love the tactile feel of reading a book, and despite the convenience, an e-reader just can’t reproduce that feeling.

I love way too many movies, I am equally comfortable talking about why Citizen Kane really is the greatest or quoting 'Meet the Feables' and relishing in the non-stop gore of Evil Dead, Dead Alive, and the rest of the splatter comedy oeuvre. Without a doubt the Original Trilogy, Lord of the Rings, Pi, Requiem for a Dream. Anything Guillermo Del Toro gets his hands on, Kubrick, Children of Men, Suspiria, Oldboy. Anything and everything good, whether it be high or low brow.

I have a huge soft spot for some of those cheesy as hell one offs that BER occasionally plays: Hemingway, Docterin' the Tardis, the evil dead song, Drinkin in LA, Teenage Dirtbag, and on.
Six things I could never do without
A great beer on a hot summer day. New information, something to make me think, to give me new tangents and ideas to explore. Good Reading material,even better when paired with the first item! Beef, Bacon and Carbs. I don't want to be the only person here who doesn't need them so friends and family.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How can a semi-colon be a hermaphroditic transvestite? Wouldn't either genders dress be technically appropriate....why the hell am I even thinking about a grammatical constructs gender identity in the first place...damn you Vonnegut!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
The old wives tale about hair growing back thicker when you shave it, I may have been hoping it was true when i started shaving my head!
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