Caveat: Much of what is below is old or nonsense or both. That said, I love the math, the OKTrends blog and getting messages from people who liked my profile so feel free to read on and/or to message me.
What to say about myself here... I have a great fondness for music, poetry, philosophical mental masturbation, circus, freaky people, fire spinning and fire of all sorts. I am a Canadian who grew up in Ottawa, lived in Vancouver BC for 3 years and moved to Seattle in 2001 when my company was bought by the Evil Empire.
Burning Man also resonates with me on a philosophical as well as artistic, spiritual and recreational level. I don't take it too seriously or become a zealot (as some can at times) but I enjoy its annual ritual and daily social influence.
I am rational, sensual, and amenable
In books I spend most of my time reading "mind-candy" sci-fi or fantasy to escape a little and to pass the time on the bus. When I want something more well-crafted or profound or meaty I have truly enjoyed "G�del, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid" and other books by Douglas Hofstadter, "The Sun, The Moon and the Stars" and every other book by Steven Brust, Nick Bantock's "Griffin and Sabine" series and other books, "Mister God, This is Anna" by Fynn, Neil Gaiman's novels and graphic novels and comics, A.A.Milne, Lao Tzu, Shel Silverstein, Eric Fromm, Dr. Seuss, Bertrand Russel. The Ethical Slut is always recommended reading too.
In poetry some that come to mind are Ranier Maria Rilke, Dorothy Parker, Ani Difranco, Tori Amos, Richard Brautigan, e.e.cummings, Roberts Frost, Service and Browning, Isaac Terpstra, Leonard Cohen, Jim Morrison, Rumi.
In film I tend to enjoy art house and foreign films, but I am open minded. Some past and present favourites that come to mind include Juno, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Amelie, Requiem For a Dream, Fight Club, Sex and Lucia (Lucia y el Sexo), Trois Couleurs: Bleu, Rouge (et Blanc aussi, je suppose), Delicatessen, Dressed to Kill (Eddie Izzard), Kissed, Usual Suspects, La Reine Margot (Queen Margot), Dead Again, Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films, almost anything with Gary Oldman in it. Also I've watched The West Wing entire box set a couple of times through.
In music, off the top of my head, I resonate as follows:
- Powerful female word smiths and songstresses such as Ani, Tori, Sarah, P.J., Bj�rk, Amy & Emily, Lisa Gerrard, Suzanne Vega and lesser known ladies such as Veda Hille, Kinnie Starr, and Tegan and Sara.
- Goth industrial music such as NIN, Ministry, VNV Nation, The Cure, MSI, 242, good 80 club tunes, Project Pitchfork, Juneau Reactor (Pistolero)
- Movie scores such as Requiem for a Dream, Dead Man Walking, Searching for Bobby Fisher, Time of the Gypsies and La Reine Margot, other good Elfman, Horner and Williams stuff
- Classic rock Beatles, Stones, Doors, Joplin, Hendrix, etc
- Folk bluegrass like Yonder Mountain String Band, Taarka, Phish
- Country music such as Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Garth Brooks, Shania Twain
- Tons and Tons more...
In foods, Poutine is the French Candian ambrosia of the gods. Take starch, deep fry it in fat, add chunks of fat on top and then smother it in fat sauce. French fries with cheese and gravy. I have made it vegan for a friend before with miso gravy and a vegan meltable.
I could do without all of that stuff, though, as long as I had: love, touch, conversation, music, poetry and poutine.
Odd recreational philosophy. Currently I am (by which I now mean "Four years ago I was") mulling over and babbling to people about the "fuzzy buckets of truths" that everyone has a tendency to carry around and tends to use as a source of "true" or accepted premises that are never subjected to scrutiny for consistency or completeness. I have scribbled out a few mildly amusing descriptions of how different sorts of people might manage their "buckets" and what might be in or not in them. Perhaps I will write some of them here later.
I also often wonder about the validity of accepting the completed infinite and the various ways that it is used by Cantor and others when dealing with infinity, transfinite concepts and set theory. I don't really buy it in my gut. Ever since I first learned it in grade 9 (or whenever) the idea that 0.9999... was literally and exactly equal to 1 seemed flawed and dishonest. I often bug my coworker about it, and other petty squabbles in mathematics. I apologize if I just got geek all over you.
Updated years later: The word resonate Has always been a favourite of mine to describe how one feels in reaction to someone or something else. The mechanics of musical instruments, like a 12-string guitar, make a wonderful analogy our human interactions and how we need not feel isolated. When an entity vibrates, other sufficiently proximate and compatible or complementary entities may also begin to vibrate in harmony... to resonate, even if we are fundamentally apart or isolated from each other.
(I warned you I enjoyed mental masturbation. Caveat lector.)
More interestes:awesometacular, dihydrogen monoxide, the Wet Spot, Garden State, Waking Life, Mad About You, Invader Zim, Counting Crows, Rilke, Chomsky, Noam Chomsky, wordplay, Girls with glasses, Monty Python, massages, massage, talking, sex, Napoleon Dynamite, lovemaking, Trainspotting, StarCraft, metaphysics, Delicatessen, cuddling, Rocky Horror Picture Show, G�del, Godel, Escher, Babes in Toyland, Homestar Runner, Strong Bad, Shawshank Redemption, Veritas, Carpe Diem, Tao, Pu, Pooh, Story telling, intentional community, TAZ, Calvin & Hobbes, Zen, not Zen, Mu, Dr. Suess, smart-assery, Run Lola Run, The Princess Bride, Bill Watterson, sexuality, A Weird Life, hetero-flexible, etymology, fire dancing, freedom, silliness, playa-spice, defenestration, cake or death, Burning Man, Burningman, d20, polyamory, rhetorical tensions,the spice of imagination, etymology,sitting through the credits
On the whole I tend to be very open about almost anything in my life, resulting in occasional complaints about apparent "TMI"s in conversations. I'm an exhibitionist and extrovert who enjoys being nude. I don't even keep close track of which things I actually do keep private. Ask me about something if you want to know, and it is very likely that I will simply tell you.
One incriminating fact: I have seen the movie Dirty Dancing at least two or three dozen times and count it among my favourite films. "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."
Update note: When I clicked on the Dirty Dancing interest search the only other male I found was This guy from Germany, and he said he hated it. Update again: Perhaps it shows once again that at heart I am always a touch more Juliet that I'll ever be Romeo :-T