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My self-summary
I'm a geek. That's plain and simple. I love geeky things, like tinkering with every electronic device in the house (and putting it back together, almost like new... almost). I like listening to music that went out of style almost a century ago (but it still fun to dance to). I'm not afraid to admit: I still play D&D. I probably spend way too much time on the computer, but I prefer to read about what's happening in the world as it happens, not the next morning, filtered by some media agency.

I'm a smart-aleck, heavy on the smart, and heavy on the... well the word my friends use instead of 'aleck'.

I've spent a lot of time studying the world, and myself, and I hope to never stop. Unfortunately, my mouth is sometimes a bit too quick to point out things I've noticed that others would rather have left unsaid. You know that little guy in you head, the one that says "Don't say that"? Mine says, "Oh... you shouldn't have said that." I think he must always be on a coffee break.

I'm either the most liberal conservative you've ever met, or the most conservative liberal. I believe that government should do as little as possible. But I also believe that many things are impossible for anyone other than the government to properly tackle. Things like poverty, hunger, pollution, protection, transportation, and basic utilities. But I love a good debate, and relish the chance to hear someone else's view.

I can be cynical at times, but that's mostly because I keep trying to pretend the world is a better place, filled with better people, than it really is. And then I read the daily news, or spend three hours removing a virus from someone's computer. Seriously people, trying to make a quick buck really just means you want to get someone _else_ to pay for it.

I'm a skeptic. That doesn't mean I doubt everything, only that I require evidence before making a decision. Extraordinary claims require compelling evidence.

I like to challenge myself. I'm deathly afraid of heights, so I took up rock climbing. I'm shy, so I took up social dancing. If you don't push your own boundaries, you'll always be a prisoner to your perceived limits.
What I’m doing with my life
I make computers do what people WANT them to do, not what they TELL them to do. I used to think teaching teenage boys proper knife safety was tough, now I know better. At least the teenagers spoke English (or a version of it at least).

I eat, sleep, work, and dance; Usually in that order. On weekends, substitute 'play games' for 'work'.

I work enough to have the money I need to play. I believe in living for the here and now. The future will have plenty of time when it comes. I prefer being well prepared to being well planned.

This is how I spent the first weekend in March. I'm the nutjob in the blue shirt, off to the right of the picture.
I’m really good at
Dancing, and not just shakin' the 'groove-thang'. I mean real, GrabAPartnerAndSwingHerAroundTillShesSoHappyHerSmileHurts dancing. Lindy Hop, Tango, Waltz, WCS, ECS, Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba, Foxtrot, Blues, er... I'm sure I forgot something...

I can throw together random ingredients and create something edible, and often tasty. It's like a superpower that I'm still learning to control

I can learn all the ins and outs for a board game in one reading through of the rules, and find loopholes through which I will try and push elephants. Fortunately, I am also good at figuring out how to plug those holes, because I hate winning by cheating.

I can teach people things: Take an idea and break it down until each piece is something they already understand, then weave it all back together. Dancing, physics, evolutionary psychology: it's all the same.
The first things people usually notice about me
When you're talking to one of the ladies around the edge of the dance floor, and you tell them that you're new and don't really know much, I'm that guy they point to and say "You totally have to dance with him. He's so much fun, and he'll make you feel like you actually know what you're doing."
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Anything by Ray Bradbury, most by David Brin. Any sci-fi will hold my interest for a while.

I'm currently re-reading Dune. I love that book. Every time I read it, I discover some new foreshadowing of events, or interconnection of plots, or particular deviousness of plans that I didn't see before (or saw, but didn't fully appreciate). It's a deceptively simple story. Unfortunately, these qualities didn't translate well into the later books in the series.

Movies: The Princess Bride, The Fifth Element, Hero, most Pixar films, most James Bond, old Star Wars and Star Trek (except ST:5, that was pure tripe), and (of course) Lord of the Rings.

Music: It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing. Though it's bastard stepchild Rock and roll is a pretty good second place, and it's parents blues and jazz are always welcome.

Foods: Lasanga, or anything else with cheese, meat, cheese, pasta, cheese, tomato sauce, and cheese.

TV: NOVA, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Doctor Who, Top Gear, America's Test Kitchen, and various old sci-fi shows no longer on the air (Firefly, ST:TNG, SG1, etc)

Games: Many a Friday night is passed playing Settlers of Catan, Dominion, Ascension, 7 Wonders, Power Grid, Formula D. I was brought up playing Pinochle and Cribbage, and still love both.
Six things I could never do without
My sense of whimsy: In this world, it's either roll with it, or go insane. I haven't decided which yet.

Swiss army knife: What can I say, I'm a Boy Scout.

Sci-fi trash novels: Aliens that all speak English, laws of physics that only seem to apply when convenient, complete misapplication of simple stellar cartography. Ah, how I love thee.

A pot to cook in: Fast food may be fast, but it ain't food.

Music to dance to, and someone to dance with. (while I have been caught dancing by myself, from time to time, it's just not the same)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Why people do the things they do. Not just individuals, but entire societies. It's a problem involving economics, evolution, psychology, and probably most other branches of science at one point or another (except Quantum Physics and Astrophysics, but I spent too much time in college thinking about them already). It's a complex problem, and, as a true geek, I love a problem, especially one that seems unsolvable, or at least intractable.
On a typical Friday night I am
Dancing, or playing games. Real games: games with cards and dice and boards and other people; eating and pointing and laughing and trash-talking (and eating humble pie when I do all that and loose anyway). Real dancing: where you actually dance together, not just in the same place; where you communicate, not just tolerate; where you can hear each other's side of a conversation, not have trouble hearing your own thoughts.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
"Most Private"? What, exactly does that mean. If it were private, I wouldn't admit it, so if I admit it, it must not be private. How can it be the "Most" of the thing it's not.

Honestly, it's probably "I'm an atheist". Not because of my feeling it should be private, but because of how many people I've told are so taken aback by the idea. ("What do you mean you're 'atheist', you're a good person!")
You should message me if
Choose one or more of the following:
1) Dancing means more than simply 'get'n jiggy wid it'

2) You enjoy thoughtful conversations, peppered with dry, sarcastic, witty comments.

3) You want in on my weekly board game night.

4) You know a joke involving a true blue quark that got charmed.

5) You're smarter than the average bear.
The two of us