I'm attending school at Ivy Tech; CIS Major.
Absorbing data like a (worn-out) sponge.
Finding more and more reasons to appreciate life.
I'm the friend you come to when you need to spell a word, or find the answer to an obscure crossword clue.
Being big and strong (enough).
Getting the lid off of something, or something that's on the top shelf. Think Hank McCoy, if Beast wasn't allowed to have his trademark blue hair due to employer policies. :/
I'm really BAD at keeping my house as clean as I'd like it. It's clean enough for visitors, I'm not an unfixable slob, but it doesn't look nice unless I've had help tidying up recently. Were I not opposed to the use of emoticons outside of the instant messaging context, I'd have a Frown here. Instead, imagine me sighing.
I'm over six feet tall and two feet wide.
I wear the color blue like Buddhist monks wear saffron.
I read a lot of Urban Fantasy. Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, etc. In terms of food for thought, they're double-decker cheeseburgers, I know. It's not a guilty pleasure as long as I'm sharing it with someone.
I'm a big Neil Gaiman fan, own most of the Sandman books, and several of his prose works as well. I finally read The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I was saving it for a special day, and a rainy day, on the job, where reading is finally permitted, is pretty special.
I read about a dozen webcomics on a fluctuating basis. I need more. If you have a cool one, feel free to send me a link, preferably to a strip that's generally considered to have the broadest appeal, or you think will appeal to me in particular. I'd hate to miss out on the cool thing because I clicked on the front page and it turned out to be the Spock's Brain strip.
The last few books I read include:
Pretty much just school books, lately. I find myself reading Cracked articles and the occasional comic book to break up the monotony.
If you printed off my 'have-read' list in size 2 font, on rice paper, and trimmed off all the excess, leaving no margin, you could choke a whale with it. If you printed off my 'to-read' list, you could use it for the whale's burial shroud, assuming you were going to have a funeral for it.
Comic books/graphic novels of no particular persuasion. I am addicted to reading superhero comics like I'm majoring in it. I welcome non-superhero comics for that very reason.
Movies... I have several favorites, ones I can watch again and again. I don't know anyone who can sit through them with me, though. Hudson Hawk (with Willis), Oscar (with Stallone), Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I'm a Pixar fan through and through, I'll watch any of them with you, any time. Generally speaking, I feel like most CGI movies are basically good, and I suspect that this is so because they have to spend sooo much money making them that they just CAN'T afford to do a crap script. Wreck-It Ralph is one of my favorites. I like Vampire movies. I'd like to watch one sometime soon.
I am A Regular Frankie Fan, and I used to dress like Eddie every month at the Irving Theatre. Sadly, my current work schedule precludes such shenanigans. Le Sigh. I have chosen to heed the warnings of my peers and NOT watch Shock Treatment. Ignorance may not be bliss, but increased knowledge does seem to correlate with increased sorrow, and I'm good, all stocked up, thanks.
NO, HAN DID NOT SHOOT 'FIRST.' You have to have a second shot to have a first shot. But again, SIGH. We're arguing about versions of fairy tales, not holy writ.
There are several movies and TV shows I've inherited a love of from my parents; mostly BBC goodies and gonzo animation on my dad's side - Ralph Bakshi's Wizards, The Duchess of Duke Street, I, Claudius, etc. And mostly musicals on my mom's side - Fiddler on the Roof, Paint Your Wagon, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, West Side Story... things like that.
As far as shows go, I'm an 80's kid. So, rewatching TransFormers, G.I. Joe, The Real Ghostbusters, and many others is how I genuinely enjoy spending time. Which is NOT to say that I won't jeer through the cheese, but I'll almost immediately follow it up with some redonkulously convoluted 33rd degree nerdcore lore hypothesis/apology for what I just shamelessly bashed.
My mom gave me Doctor Who, though, I'll put that out there.
And they both taught me to love Star Trek, which I took and ran with, but then Rick Berman soured me on it extensively.
I listen to many different kinds of music. I like ancient music, instrumentals, a capella, and stuff that generally gets labelled world music. I love Rock and Roll in many flavors. I didn't like Rap for a long time, but I got over it. Still have some hang-ups about Opera, though.
I am of Sicilian descent, so that means I do like Italian food. But I'm unapologetically nitpicky about food labeled as Italian which is actually something... other. I'm pretty safe with most pizzas, though.
And now for the non-sarcastic answers
Creature Comforts/Civilization. Some people camp, some don't. I have discovered the hard way that I'm a bit of a Don't, all things considered. I like having lights after dark, and a toilet on which I can ponder LtUE (bonus points if you know that one) without 'gettin awl et up bah skeeters'. We spent thousands of years getting out of trees and caves, putting up good, solid, reliable shelters which keep us cool in the summer, warm in the winter and dry in the rainy season, and what do we do? Leave it all on the weekends to go back to what we spent all that time getting away from. We are crazy. But who knows, maybe I did the camping thing all wrong.
Information Glut, in the guises of Books, Graphic Novels, Movies and... The Internet. Yes, the webbertron. It lets me meet you, keeps families more closely connected, speeds up bureaucracy. It brings us entertainment, education, information... and their children edutainment and infotainment. And, recent commercials notwithstanding, I think we'll be okay on the 'search overload' thing.
My family. I've tried living without them, it's a pain in the ass and lonely to boot. If you have a family that gets you, cherish them.
Human Contact. I used to have my pets on here, but they're gone now, and I didn't appreciate at the time how much I relied upon their presence and affection. My communication paradigm is very tactile in nature, and lacking that, I find myself feeling disconnected and adrift, emotionally. Not being ready to adopt again, I prefer to have companions whom I don't have to walk, feed, or feel less-than-ideally-hygienic about kissing.
My friends and intimates. These are all pretty big things, I think you'll agree, but friends and loved ones are those who make the world WORTH connecting to. I would spend more time with my friends, if we didn't all keep such disparate schedules, and I like to think I could satisfy several lovers, but, again, I'm picky.
It makes me grit my teeth to admit it, but my cellphone. I had lived for a long time with the notion that it's little more than a lowjack disguised as a convenience. But now the mask has become the face, regardless of what's beneath the surface. I still have paranoid thoughts about it, but it's a handy little factotum.
Environmental stuff. I'm somewhere between 'ponder' and 'fret over' with this one. I'm using CFLs, I'm shopping with reusable bags, I triple-R the big three, and I read articles about how we could be doing things better and bemoan the fact that I can't throw a big pot of money at some of these ideas.
Nerddom. Fantasy and Sci-fi. I love that stuff. Star Trek, Eureka, Dresden Files, RPGs... Ask me about these, tell me about yours.
me for it, especially if I make you laugh too.
I'm polyamorous and new to it, so I'm still learning the ropes vis
a vis communication, et al.