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My self-summary
Capturing a person in a few words is difficult, I am learning.

I’d like to first point that there is a sarcasm/irony punctuation mark (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irony_punctuation); I encourage all to use this readily (not just the punctuation).

I love a good debate (assuming you are correct in anything is one of the most dangerous fallacies) and intellectualism is easily one of the best ways to my heart.

I love history (I was the kid who wound up doing more than just the readings for that night for Social Studies because I just couldn't put the text book down). I adore the 1920s and have been cultivating a particular interest in German history.

I tend to be shy. This is sometimes mistaken for being snobbish, rude, or disliking you. That's not the case! I kinda just need to be probed out of my shell. Sometimes time or you doing something first is all I need to unlock me out of my hesitance that I've ingrained in myself since being the wallflower back in Middle School.

That said, I'll usually open up about anything, should you just ask. The phrase that I usually use is that I'm a unlocked, closed Book – you just have to open me.

I'm a secularist; my brother recently became, and most of my friends have always been, atheists or sceptics. I'm a Catholic; altar-server since middle school. I'm a humanist; I feel this comes from both of the previous. I'm Queer; all of these (and the thoughts and ideas which stem from them) are always present to the point of being unnoticable (in the background, if you will) because they are so thoroughly engrained in all of who I am.

Quite possibly the definition of my life: http://i46.tinypic.com/11gk7c2.jpg.

I tend to be a romantic and love sappy gestures of emotion and devotion, I will admit. I'm also kinda big on surprises. Big gestures (and borderline overkill - purely for the irony) are never above me.

I've had (noticable) clinical depression since around the start of high school, if not earlier. It raises problems like not really knowing how to explain why you literally (on your own) could not make it out of bed that day. It also makes my favorite Far Side comic this one: http://www.franklycurious.com/index.php?itemid=840 (for the record, Far Side is my favorite comic strip, though early Peanuts gives it a run; I also routinely assume that everyone has heard of, and loves, Calvin and Hobbes).

And, on that note, I kinda have a macabre sense of humor. In some parts and on some level, The Exorcist is a really funny film.

I graduated college with majors in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Computer Science; and English. Admittedly, the Comp. Sci. major was only because they didn't have a graphic design major, though I've fallen quite in love with it (I recently obtained the ability to program in C++ and Python on my computer; very exciting). The WGSS major fit well with my concern with social justice and that I probably should have considered History as a major more strongly (though I probably would have still chosen WGSS). And I knew I would be an English major since middle school.

I firmly believe that 90s children entertainment is some of the best done entertainment in just about any category.

The smell of rain or a cloudy, gray-sky day (lightly windy) with slight drizzling may be one of my favorite things ever.

Band geek since intermediate school (a clarie [clarinet], thank you very much). Trying to start a marching/scatter band up north; if you would like to help out in this endeavor: https://www.facebook.com/ScatterMarchingBandOfLakeCountyIllinois.

Why be normal when you can be ridiculous?

I consider myself an optimistic realist; often like individuals, think people stupid, and idealize humanity; and I still don't think I'm satisfied with it all.
What I’m doing with my life
Originally I had written here:
"Hell if I know.

Well, that's partially true. I'm at Williams College at the moment (I'll be a Senior in the upcoming year).

What will I do after that?

No idea yet. My parents say graduate school. I like the idea of getting an apartment in Evanston or Chicago with 4 other writers to split rent and just sit around (when we're not working) and hammer out writing ideas. Just days and days of thinking literaturely (that is now a word).

Of course, my mother slightly dies inside every time I say this. We'll see."

Now, the plan is finding a job out near D. C. A friend of mine already got one and we're going to room together for the next year or so. Kinda as planned? I'll go with that.
I’m really good at
The first things people usually notice about me
I dunno. It's a smart ass response, in a sense, but I'm afraid I don't know.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: The Great Gatsby, Paradise Lost, Hamlet (technically a play, but you know), Notes From the Underground, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, The Once and Future King (including The Book of Merlin), and The Catcher In the Rye

Poems: "Dover Beach" by Matthew Arnold and "Porphyria's Lover" by Robert Browning

Movies: The Exorcist, Notting Hill, Schindler's List, Betelguise, Show Me Love (Fucking Åmål), and likely Shortbus and Watchmen

Shows: Firefly, The West Wing, and Adventure Time

Music: The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle by Bruce Springsteen, Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z, Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen, Sing the Sorrow by AFI, Darkness On the Edge of Town by Bruce Springsteen, Paranoid by Black Sabbath, Tunnel of Love by Bruce Springsteen, and possibly My Beautiful, Dark, Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West. I grew up off of Metal and Rap; my love for both those genres has only grown over the years. I'm in love with Classical music in general, always ready to listen to whatever else I can get my hands on. Naturally, an interest in the 1920s would indicate an inclination to the Blues. I've always had a general interest in Jazz, Funk, and Soul, but I still need to more readily pursue those genres; on the other hand, I have recently discovered Psychedelic Soul, and it may be the most beautiful thing I've heard in a long time. I've started to notice I have a strong liking for Folk music, though it's not something I've heavily pursued yet.

Food: I love pretty much all food, though (since I grew up on it) Haitian food might get its own category
Six things I could never do without
(in no real order)
1. Computer
2. Friends
3. Internet access
4. Books
5. Music
6. Nature
I spend a lot of time thinking about
everything and anything.
On a typical Friday night I am
likely home. I'm not much of one for going out, though I don't mind it if I'm with people I know
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
is usually just about anything, if you ask.

And that, as a geek (or nerd? They're such fluid words these days), I could never take Star Wars seriously beyond being pop culture. It's amusing and entertaining but not the first thing I'd run to within the grand and vast culture that is geekdom.
You should message me if
you find anything I've said above to be interesting. Or have a topic you've just been dying to discuss for the longest time but no one else to discuss it with. Or would like to help me discover a synagogue at which to attend Friday night Shabbat services (I'm a little intimidated, as a goy, trying out random ones I've never been at before on my own, I'll admit). Or because it's late and you're bored. The choice is yours; the world has near-to-infinite possibilities.
The two of us