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My self-summary
I'm Neil. I've been told that the intensity of my concentration - on people, work, games, or music - is disconcerting. Apparently, I can be incredibly pedantic. I love to sleep, but hate going to bed. I have an honours degree in computer science, but now I practice law. I love Strunk & White (but don't agree with all of the rules all of the time), editing, argument, and being a litigation monkey. I find bridge (the card game) ridiculously entertaining. Last year, I married onyxeyes - she's pretty fantastic.

If I've stalked your profile, there's a good chance that it's because something in it has been flagged. I'm addicted to flagmod, and I can't help but look at the occasional profile. Either that or I'm just randomly going through profiles, looking for interesting people and inappropriate images.

I like: A certain degree of geekiness. Intelligence; the more, the better. Moderate cynicism. Alabaster skin. Charles Tyrwhitt catalogs. Proper grammar and spelling. Conversations about everything and nothing that go on for days. Maturity. Childishness. Interesting quotes. Dynamic memory allocation. Athletic girls. Musical ability. Horn-rimmed glasses. Penny Arcade.

I intensely dislike: Fear. Stupidity (especially my own, which my field reminds me of constantly). "I can't describe myself/I can't summarize myself in a little box" profiles. Tone deaf buskers. Total snobs. Closed minds. Decaffeinated coffee. People who believe that I'm nice despite all evidence to the contrary. The substitution of single letters for whole words.

I love things that are beautifully simple. Then again, I also love things that are incredibly ornate. I really enjoy the interplay of ideas with reality; both computer science and law involve the use of words to change behaviour, which is alarmingly close to magic.
What I’m doing with my life
I've gotten the away from computer science and started law. The lack of social skills in the compsci lounge scared me. The average law student or lawyer is far more social, and pretty generally tolerable. I used to be certain that Boston Legal would bear little to no resemblance to actual lawyering. I'm not sure if I was right. I'm currently a tax litigator, which I find alarmingly entertaining.
I’m really good at
-Creating monsters out of the parts of different gummi bears. I'm the gummi version of Dr. Frankenstein, if you will.
-I'm better at video games when I'm so drunk that I can't stand than when I'm sober. Call that my drunken competency.
-Making an ass of myself, and/or figuratively inserting my whole leg into my mouth.
-Research and reasoning.
-Reading the Income Tax Act, which mostly means "not reading most of the Income Tax Act"; the skill is knowing what you can ignore.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm loud. I'm incapable of simple segues. I'm a little bit more intense than most people... or, perhaps I'm a little bit more intense than most intense people.

Then again, I also seem to be incredibly forgettable.

Recently, people notice my incredibly nerdy t-shirts. Onyxeyes encourages my habit, which might be a bad thing. However, it has been a good way of starting conversations.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Neuromancer - William Gibson; anything by John Barnes; Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card; the Abhorsen trilogy - Garth Nix; anything by Neal Stephenson (except for The Diamond Age), Neil Gaiman, Gene Wolfe, or Steven Brust; Pride and Prejudice; Norse mythology; whatever interesting Zen literature I can find; Nicholas Nickleby - Dickens, anything by Iain Banks, Charles Stross, or Chuck Pahlaniuk.

Movies: Donnie Darko. A Problem With Fear. Napoleon Dynamite. American Beauty. Fight Club. Anything with John Cusack. Boondock Saints. Ghost World. The Nightmare Before Christmas. Edward Scissorhands. The King's Speech. Other assorted ridiculous movies too numerous to name at the moment.

Music: Matthew Good (with or without the Band), Mother Mother, Hawksley Workman, Metric, Modest Mouse, Age of Electric, Radiohead, Wil, pre-Maladroit Weezer, Death Cab for Cutie, Sufjan Stevens, Ben Folds, Pomplamoose, Lyle Lovett, and on, and on, and on. Generally, as little rap and/or hip-hop as possible, but that's not always a solid thing.

Food: Good chinese food (a rare thing, it seems), thai, east indian, most things involving chicken, duck (duck), goose, nectarines, nutella... but really, I'm not picky.
Six things I could never do without
1 - My sense of pitch
2 - Onyxeyes
3 - Intelligence
4 - Conversation (preferably if combined with # 3)
5 - Winter
6 - Good coffee
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Games, buddhism, norse mythology, and music. Superficial personal issues. The difference between amorality and immorality. The struggle to extract meaning from life. Bridge.

My attention tends to wander, and I often find myself wondering why exactly I was doing something, because I'm thinking about something completely different.
On a typical Friday night I am
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds. (What's typical?)

That being said, I tend to spend friday nights hanging out with onyxeyes. Recently, we've spent time babysitting (squee!) or consuming substantial quantities of wine with my parents.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My biggest fear is mental illness, and quite frankly, it scares the shit out of me.
You should message me if
... you'd like to talk about law, Hume, analyses of pop culture, editing, artificial intelligence, behavioral economics and cognition, or just about anything else.
The two of us