I've been a tablet PC user since 2003, and am excited by the latest developments in the category. Not so much with the iPad and Apple's closed development environment, but with the form factor, Android, and the potential of a webOS tablet. I'm also looking forward to powerful but light Windows tablets, especially for the stylus & handwriting recognition.
While my social skills aren't well-suited to parties, I love engaging conversation. Politics. History. Computers & technology. Culture. I'm not so good at small talk, but if you want to share an opinion, I'd love to engage you on it.
I'm a cat person. I'm hoping to move in the first part of next year to have more space, and one of my priorities at that time will be getting a cat again. I've been without feline companionship for too long, and don't have enough close friends whose cats I can enjoy.
Finally, I'm a fan of nuance. Details matter. Perhaps on the questions section of the profile, we have some differences in areas that are important to you. I've offered explanations with many of the questions that may put some of those differences in a new context.
Oh, I'm also a bit more of a fan of the Chinese zodiac than the western zodiac. Still just for fun, but I feel a better connection and more complete representation as a Pig in the Garden.
I'm also just starting a progressive-leaning political project with the goal of making it easier for people to get informed about important issues of the day while highlighting persistent attempts to misinform. It may not go anywhere because I'm not a lawyer or a journalist, and I haven't got any significant connections to people who are or to prominent politicians. But I think it's a worthwhile windmill at which to tilt, so we'll see where it goes.
I absolutely love Pandora. I even got a smartphone for the first time in 2010 just so I could listen at work. I've created a bunch of stations, but my favorite I've called Alternative Rock: a Touch of Whimsy. It introduced me to a singing comedian named Stephen Lynch, and I found out Weird Al is still making music with "White and Nerdy". Crash Test Dummies, They Might Be Giants, and the Squirrel Nut Zippers are some of the other artists on the station. There's a much broader range I'd be happy to share with you if you're a Pandora fan as well.
I've been reading The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher, about a wizard detective. It's almost an adult version of Harry Potter, though there are definite differences aside from being set in Chicago rather than Great Britain. Timeless favorites include the Dune series by Frank Herbert and the Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas. I waited in line for the midnight sales of the last three Harry Potter books, and finished each within 24 hours (straight - not multiple sittings).
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, It's a Wonderful Life, The American President, A League of Their Own. I love Pixar movies and enjoyed How to Train Your Dragon more than Avatar.
...you have a cat. Not required by any means, but a nice bonus.
...you have opinions you like challenging in intelligent conversation.