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My self-summary
I'm a nerd by choice (or "geek" if you prefer) but I love the outdoors as well. If I had to use one word for my goal in life, it'd be "Adventure!" I enjoying reading (and writing), music, and other intellectual pursuits, but I like to get my hands dirty with physical stuff too. I like to build robots, furniture, crafts, etc. I know how to sew and use an arc welder. I love to get out and explore too... scuba, skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and all that are great. Likewise, travel is a passion of mine, and I've been quite a few places, including India, Japan, Abu Dhabi, Costa Rica, and most of the western US and Canada. At the end of the day, I just want to have fun, relax, and learn, see, or experience something new.
What I’m doing with my life
By trade, I'm a Techsmith... like a blacksmith, I set things on fire and hit them with hammers until they do what I want. I just work more with computers than raw iron. (And they're much more stubborn!)

Currently, I have a great job working remotely for a tech company on "Internet of Things" stuff. The upside is I get to work from home most of the time, setting my own hours and schedule (when not having to make conference calls anyway) and they pay for me to travel a fair bit as well.
I’m really good at
Learning... I pick up new things very, very quickly. A close second to that is that I feel I'm quite good at teaching. When I understand something well (as I'm driven to do) I love to be able to explain it to other people, and help them learn it too. As I deal a lot with technical stuff, I almost feel like a translator sometimes... taking jargon and turning it into words and reasoning the everyday person can understand.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm tall... and shy at first. Then, if you get to know me, I probably won't shut up. When I meet someone that's fun to talk to, I can ramble on for hours on almost any subject.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Oh wow... Books, I love a lot, but most of them are science fiction or fantasy, so I'll just list a few favorites.

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Waterson (Comics, but essential reading!)
The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett
His Dark Materials series (The Golden Compass) by Phillip Pullman
The Uplift series by David Brin
The Firestar series by Michael Flynn
The Revelation Space series by Alastair Reynolds
The Ringworld series by Larry Niven
The Sholan Alliance series by Lisanne Norman
The Gandalara Cycle by Randall Garett and Vicki Ann Heydron
A Fire Upon The Deep by Vernor Vinge
The Song of Ice and Fire (aka "Game of Thrones") series by George R.R. Martin
The Culture novels by Iain M. Banks

Curiously, the movies I really like are less often science fiction, but they can still be represented by a short list of favorites.

Secondhand Lions (Probably my favorite movie of all time.)
Army of Darkness
The Princess Bride
The Fifth Element
The Lion King
Lilo & Stitch
How To Train Your Dragon
Pulp Fiction
Garden State
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Planet of the Apes (The original 6 and the Tim Burton remake at least.)
Southland Tales (Blew my mind, you have to see it!)
Indiana Jones
Star Wars trilogy (Episode IV+ only. I-III are painful.)
Boondock Saints
V for Vendetta
Lord of War
Run Lola, Run
Office Space
Super Troopers
Jane Eyre
The King's Speech
Mr. Holmes

I think I should include TV in this as well, so my favorites series are below.

QI (Quite Interesting)
Stargate SG1/Atlantis/Universe
Doctor Who
Battlestar Galactica
Babylon 5
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
How I Met Your Mother
30 Rock
Red Dwarf
Top Gear
Game of Thrones
The Daily Show

Food... don't really know what to say, I like most everything that's not a vegetable. Perhaps a quote. "The Carnivore's Creed: 1. Vegetables are what food eats. 2. Fruit are vegetables that fool you by tasting good. 3. Fish are just fast moving vegetables. 4. Mushrooms are what grows on vegetables when food's done with them."

I actually like a fair amount of raw/fresh vegetables. Salads are great, but once you cook a vegetable, my taste for it quickly fades. For import tastes, I like chinese food, and greek gyros. One also can't go too far wrong with variations on alfredo/chicken pasta.

Now music on the other hand... Well, it's been said that "Talking about music is like dancing about architecture." So instead I'll just include an excessively long list of my favorite bands, split up by genre.

Traditional Folk (Mostly Celtic):
Great Big Sea
Gaelic Storm
Loreena McKennitt
Blackmore's Night (Medieval music with electric guitars, boo yah!)
Garmarna (Yay Swedish Technofolk!)
Medieval Babes
Corvus Corax

Riot Folk:
Neutral Milk Hotel (The weirdest music you'll ever crave)
The Mountain Goats (LoFi Riot Folk you grow to love)
Modest Mouse (Now, with more popularity)
Iron & Wine (Indie folk of the gods)
Sufjan Stevens
Kimya Dawson
Defiance Ohio
Balthrop Alabama
Bright Eyes
Frightened Rabbit
Mumford & Sons

Death Cab For Cutie
The Weakerthans (Love it!)
The Postal Service
The Shins
The Weepies
Bishop Allen
The Books
Au Revoir Simone
Tilly And The Wall
Radical Face
Blitzen Trapper
The Thermals
The Rural Alberta Advantage
The Front Bottoms
The Lonely Forest

Flogging Molly
Dropkick Murphy's
The Bloody Irish Boys
The Vandals
Authority Zero
Sum 41
Me First And The Gimmie Gimmies

Angry and/or Emo Punk:
Against Me
Autopilot Off
Alkaline Trio
Rise Against
I Voted For Kodos
Plain White T's
Bowling for Soup
Fountains of Wayne
The Ataris
Weezer (You'd better know them)
Brand New
Angels And Airwaves
Green Day

Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution (The best band in the world, and never published an album)
Catch 22 (Ska of the gods)
Streetlight Manifesto (Catch 22 part deux)
The Mad Caddies
The Planet Smashers
Five Iron Frenzy
Forces Of Evil
Less Than Jake (SKA!)
Reel Big Fish (SKA! That you've actually heard of)
The Aquabats

A Silver Mt. Zion
Explosions In The Sky
Do Make Say Think
Godspeed You Black Emperor
God Is An Astronaut
F**K Buttons

They Might Be Giants (Probably my favorite band, certainly my most listened.)
Sons And Daughters (Angry Scots doing pop-folk)
Tiger Army (Psychobilly anyone?)
The Dandy Warhols
The Magnetic Fields
The Raveonettes
VNV Nation (Dark Techno)
Caesars (You've heard their songs, you just don't know it. Go Swedes!)
Warren Zevon (His hair was perfect!)
Atom And His Package
Relient K (Catchy, if poppy)
Barenaked Ladies
Carbon Leaf
Six things I could never do without
Stories... sometimes the things that are fictional are the most true of all.

Music... it's the closest thing we have to an actual window into other souls.

Friends... what good is life if not for other people to share it with?

Science... truth is beauty and seeking it is the greatest pursuit of all.

Nature... The world is just awesome. (Boom De Yada!)

Platypuses... No matter how bad life may seem, you can always take a step back, and realize the world still contains the platypus, and no universe that absurd should ever be taken too seriously. :-)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My future... I'm in my 30s and still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Sometimes I wonder if I took a wrong turn somewhere. In the more optimistic times, I practically giggle at how lucky I am to be only 30s and in a position where I can afford to live anywhere I want, take several years off work (if I want) and do pretty much anything I feel like.
On a typical Friday night I am
With a flexible work "schedule" Friday is less special. Most of the time it's dinner with friends and just hanging out. Saturday night is my only "regular" event, as I'm usually at board game night, a meetup group with a couple dozen people playing games and being social.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Sometimes, I'm perfectly content to sit alone in the dark with a case of good beer and watch Disney movies all night.
You should message me if
What I'd really like is to meet a fellow geek, someone who understands and enjoys the dorky side of life. By that, I don't mean "anime fan" or "video gamer" (though those are okay too), but just things like; if you read for fun (bonus for science fiction and/or fantasy), think science and education are important, enjoy learning (and trying) new things, always want to know "why?" and "how?" and "what if?", and enjoy talking about everything under the sun.

At the end of the day, I need someone who wants "to live deep, and suck all the marrow out of life" and longs for someone to share the joy of it all with her. If she knows the meanings of 42 or XKCD then that's just gravy!

So, if you made it this far and have any remaining interest at all, send me a message! I'm always happy to meet new people or talk online, and see if there's a spark there. How else will you ever know? :-)
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