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My self-summary
Hi, there. I'm a full time wage slave and part time student. I love reading, writing, and I have no idea what else to write in this stark white box. This will have to do.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm in school for creative writing, engineering, and whatever else seems interesting. You don't want to hear about my job. The bills get paid.

I love electronic music, bad philosophy, and like anyone else who ever drank a craft beer, I'm working on a novel or two.
I’m really good at
I'm a pretty good writer. I love to talk, and I can match wits with the best of them. I can beat you at Street Fighter, for whatever that's worth.

I excel at ruining recipes and ordering out. I can't cook, which I sometimes forget.

I read very quickly; three or four books a week. I can type 80 words a minute, which drops to 65 on an Apple keyboard for reasons that remain a mystery. I can get your printer or router to work without really understanding how I did it. This makes me a hit at parties and college libraries.

Much to my dismay, I'm an expert in getting bird droppings off of any surface using only water and paper towels. This is my reward for rescuing my parrot from a life of pain and misery. It's OK, because he's pretty cute.

(Oh yeah, I have a parrot. His name is Dickens.)
The first things people usually notice about me
The first thing people notice about me is usually my hair, because it's long and I'm theoretically a fairly successful adult. The next thing they notice is my walk. I naturally strut, which leads people to believe I'm either self assured or a self-righteous jerk. Mileage varies on that one.

My nose, which has been broken a few times, is crooked. Not 'mutated rutabaga' crooked. I'd like to believe it adds a certain rakish charm to my face, though I'm hardly a neutral party.

I'd like to say that the first thing people notice is my aura of warmth and gentle humor, but getting that exact wording out of someone is harder than you might think, even if you've known them for years.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I have hundreds of books, which is wonderful until I need to move them. My favorite authors are Harlan Ellison, Hunter S. Thompson, Frank Herbert, Cormac McCarthy, Lawrence Krauss, Sam Harris, Stephen Baxter, Neal Stephenson, Richard Dawkins, Edmund Morris, Christopher Hitchens, David Brin, Erik Larsen, Daniel Dennett, Stanislaw Lem, Jared Diamond, Sarah Waters, Salman Rushdie (except for Midnight's Children), and Chuck Palahnuik. I like the last one so much, I might even have spelled his name correctly. I skew just a little towards fiction (I read to relax), but I'll read anything set in front of me.

My musical tastes are eclectic, but the artists getting the most time on the iPod lately are Mars Volta, the Afghan Whigs, Mastodon, Sage Francis, King Crimson, Go-C-NA, Junius, Tool, Yatsunori Mitsuda, Frontline Assembly, Ani DiFranco, Marvin Gaye, Frank Zappa, Depeche Mode, Bat For Lashes, Swedish House Mafia and The Gutter Twins.

As for movies, whatever is fine. I don't watch much television.

The fastest way to get me to eat something is if it's steak.
Six things I could never do without
1) Music
2) Pomegranate pips
3) Books
4) The Internet
5) My laptop
6) Sugar snap peas
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Why people act like they do, and whether anything should be done about it.
On a typical Friday night I am
Attending a get together at a friend's house, writing something or other, sleeping, or reading.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Nothing. The internet is an outlaw wasteland. I'm a fairly normal guy; I don't have much in the way of kinks or secrets.

I firmly believe that Carl Sagan is Mr. Rogers for adults. Is that weird enough?
You should message me if
the idea of wearing a pair of "I'm with stupid ==>" "Stupid" shirts amuses you.
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