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What I’m doing with my life
Chief Technical Officer for a social networking startup.
I’m really good at
I'm good at finding my way through electronics without needing instructions, and friends and family often call on me to "fix" things, which usually just means finding the button they didn't notice. I'm decent at following cookbook recipes, although my technique usually leaves something to be desired visually.

Having said that, there's a psychological phenomenon called the Dunning-Kruger effect, in which incompetent people tend to overestimate their competence, and competent people tend to underestimate theirs. So you may safely assume that I'm actually really awesome at everything I didn't mention here ;)
The first things people usually notice about me
I haven't really asked anyone about this, but I'd guess:

Physically: That I'm very pale, and often sunburned, even in winter.
Personality: That I love puns, and can be very goofy (looks over shoulder to see if Disney lawyers are watching for trademark infringement).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music: Almost anything by Rush, Duke Ellington, or Domenico Scarlatti.
Books: GK Chesterton, CS Lewis, Tolkien, John Dos Passos, John Scalzi, Jack Chalker, Frank Herbert. Yes, this is really a list of authors. They got here because I like a lot of their work.
Food: French, Italian, Japanese, Mexican in pretty much descending order.
Movies: The Third Man, Touch of Evil, The Untouchables, RED, LOTR.
Shows: Monk, Psych, Burn Notice. I don't really watch much TV, but I have lately gotten into the BBC's new Father Brown series.
Six things I could never do without
1. An atmosphere containing about 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and 1% assorted other gases.
2. Potable water
3. Indoor plumbing
4. Refrigeration
5. Unspoiled food
6. Polo shirts
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Life, the universe, and everything. Douglas Adams joke aside, if I'm not thinking about computer science, I'm probably thinking about some ethical or philosophical issue.
On a typical Friday night I am
Lamenting the fact that I am working while the rest of the world has a weekend. The life of a startup employee is like that a lot.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
A lot of people chicken out here and say if they admitted it, whatever it is, it wouldn't be private. Cluck cluck.

The most private thing I would admit to a bunch of random strangers might not be titillating, but it is true. I am a very sentimental person, and am often moved to tears at moments of joy.
You should message me if
You're curious about me from anything you've seen here, or just feel like having a conversation. Or if I messaged you first -- a reply is always appreciated, even if unfavorable.
The two of us