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.
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 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.
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.
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)
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!")
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.