GeekAdventurer
63 Friday Harbor, United States
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My self-summary
In 1983, as a freeelance writer in a town that inspires long-distance travel, I pressed the little RESET button nestled on the back of my head and abruptly escaped midwestern suburbia on a computer-laden recumbent bicycle... in the process launching a whole career in technomadics. Now, decades later, I'm still at it... but no longer with a bicycle. I'm living aboard and geeking-out a 50-foot mothership for open-ended adventures in northwest waters (with a deployable micro-trimaran so I don't get too gobbled up by the Dark Side after recently selling my sailboat). I've written six books over the years and am working on another one, and I'm addicted to learning curves.
What I’m doing with my life
Frolicking in the domain where technology and adventure overlap... and writing about the process.
I’m really good at
Avoiding employment, conjuring gizmology, and turning the odd phrase.
The first things people usually notice about me
That would probably be the pun daemon -- an autonomous process in my brain that subjects all input and output strings to a series of filters designed to spot lexical or parsing ambiguities, then quickly packages them as sometimes-excruciating parenthetical inserts into conversation. Oh, and I'm 6'4".
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Fond of classical and jazz piano, spicy foods, and science fiction that extrapolates from real tech/physics.

Current reading is neurobiology and various piano texts; current writing is a sprawling tech/adventure narrative of 17,000 miles on a computerized bicycle, along with more modestly scaled bloggish pieces about current projects.

Ah, food... I love cooking when I take the time to treat the galley as a lab and the meal as a project. If it's just meatspace maintenance, I get lazy.
The six things I could never do without
A lab, a boat, a lifemate, a net connection, music, and my cat... not necessarily in that order. I only have five of those at the moment.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Nautical adventures and the technological underpinnings of my escape pod. In less-ambitious moments, I busy the ol' wetware with wordplay, geek expressionism, and music. Being finite weighs on me a bit... not just the whole mortality thing, but being 63 and still kind of an orphan.
On a typical Friday night I am
Working on the book... playing piano... tinkering in the lab... machining a front panel... slurping ancient hardcopy into the archives... eBaying at the moon... hanging out with Isabelle the boat-kitty...
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Despite appearing to get a huge amount done, I actually have terrible work habits and only do things well if they are fun.
You should message me if
Being on the water makes you grin... geeky toys are appealing... you're a learning-curve junkie... you're not right-wing or religious... publishing makes you happy... you have much to teach and an urge to learn... music is huge... and you want to spend your life playing (even if doing so is a huge amount of work).
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