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My self-summary
I don't take life too seriously, we're only here once, and there's a lot of great things in this world to do and see. Sure, there's a time for seriousness, but there are a lot of opportunities where it's better to just live in the moment and enjoy.

I prefer quieter environments and good conversation yet at the same time I do enjoy a good concert, movie or show too. Road trips are one of my favorite ways to spend a weekend, there are so many unique and amazing things to see along the back roads and highways, along the way I like to take pictures of the unusual things I see.

People with unusual brains and perceptions of the world I get along with very well. I prefer those with their own ways of looking at and understanding the world who like to share their unique view with other.

I believe that science and spirituality aren't as separate as they sometimes appear, and I like to ponder both sides of that coin, often wishing spirituality was as obvious as science.

I have a great love for all animals, most particularly cats. I have lived with cats all my life, and a home just doesn't feel complete without a couple 4 footed critters running around.
What I’m doing with my life
I currently work in Software Development for a great company which focuses on improving educational technology. I've been there a while, having worked my way up through Technical Support. The work I do, I love, as well as the people I work with. At the end of the day, it's a nice feeling knowing that what I'm doing is helping improve education.
I’m really good at
I love to go exploring, traveling, and investigating new places, finding the hidden treasures of the universe where they're not expected. I sometimes (often!) find things of interest right under people's noses, where they don't think to look, or have long gotten tired of looking. The universe has such complexity, and the pieces are fascinating to discover. I tend to take in a wide view of the world, and connect things that others miss, at the same time, I miss things others notice easily, so sharing perspectives with friends becomes fascinating.

Humor is a big part of my life. Life is too short to not find and enjoy those funny moments. I like to laugh, and have people laugh with me. The best things that can be shared between friends are laughs and hugs. I'm there for my friends when they need to talk as well, it's nice to know that taking time for someone over can help them feel better, or at least not alone.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm a tall big guy, I imagine that's the first impression. I really haven't asked people what they see first, but I do notice that people tend to relax around me. My hair is probably one of the things people notice first. I used to keep it shorter, but these last few years I let it grow out, and I think it suites me better.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My reading and viewing interests lay within Science Fiction and Fantasy primarily, but not exclusively. Amongst my favorite shows are Dr Who, Babylon 5, Firefly, Stargate, Breaking Bad and Fringe. I don't have cable, so I tend to shotgun entire series via Netflix over a few weeks.

A few of my favorite authors are : Isaac Asimov, Diane Duane, H. Beam Piper, Voan D. Vinge, C.S Friedman, Christopher Paolini and J.K.Rowling to name a few. I write a bit on my own, for myself, and those that care to read, but nothing I've published (yet ... someday).

One of my favorite short stories, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was recently turned into a movie. No movie is ever perfect, but for something close to my heart as the short story is, the movie was perhaps even closer. The flights of fantasy combined with the reality of our daily grind were fantastic. It feels like, unintentionally the movie captured more than just a little bit of me in that movie.

Movies that I tend to enjoy are those that inspire and make you think, while still being entertaining, like Matrix, Farenheit 451, Harrison Bergeron, The Time Machine, Finding Forrester, Enders Game, World's End or K-Pax. More mainstream interests include Avatar, Tron, the Narnia movies, Lord of the Rings, Iron Man. I enjoy movies that challenge my view of the world, yet at the same time it's nice to sometimes just turn my brain off and enjoy a ride movie.

I listen to a wide variety of music, my focus tends to be on rock and alternative. I like ballads that tell a story, with music that matches the emotion of that story. I tend not to like Rap, Techno or Classical, but that's not an absolute either, I have found some really great songs, in just about every Genre.

I will try just about any kind of food I can find, Indian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, American, German, Polish, and far more. I like to try new foods, and taste how other cultures differ from the one I grew up in. Pho (Vietnamese soup) is a distinct favorite of mine, and I trek to Chicago now and then to explore the city, and get Pho.
Six things I could never do without
Besides the necessities of life (water, food, shelter, freedom) ...

My friends, pets, and family they've been through a lot with me, and the world would be pretty lonely without all of them them by my side. I know some truly amazing people, but everyone says that of their friends.

Computers. It's my profession, and my hobby. But often it's nice to get away from the keyboard, and go out and explore life.

weekends, everyone needs time away from work, and weekends fit the bill. I would much prefer working 3-4 days a week and have the remainder off to do things with, but I haven't managed to convince any of my bosses that a 14 hour work day is a good idea. It'd be worth it to have more time off to explore the world.

Humor, this really makes life worth living. A joke, a pun or gag, can turn someone's day around, and pick them back up. I carry a jar of Grey Poupon in my car with me, it's amazing watching people smile and laugh when I show it to them when we're stuck in traffic together.

I'm pretty flexible, with the things in my life, and what I need to survive. While I really like computers, and technology, I like to unplug from it for a weekend, or vacation and leave it all behind for a while, but never for good. I enjoy the modern conveniences, I like to ponder we would live life without all of the technology we're immersed in. Sometimes it's appealing to imagine the world stripped of all the complexity, back to simpler times, where a small village of folks worked together, and knew all our neighbors names, I think the movie World's End mirrored that sentiment well.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What kind of Chapstick are you all using, it's handy and all, but it ends up on so many "couldn't do without" lists that I think maybe I've been using the wrong kind or something.

My thoughts wander across a wide range of topics. I like to philosophize, and consider "what if" situations, how the world would change if a detail were changed. Sometimes I like to just meditate by widening my focus and take all of life in, to feel like I'm part of everything around me.
On a typical Friday night I am
Playing role playing games, or board games with friends. Sometimes we just get together to watch a movie, occasionally we forget to actually start the movie. It's also nice to go wander around outdoors with friends and just talk, heading nowhere in particular and just going where the moment leads.

Other nights of the week might find me going out to a movie, or out with friends at a coffee shop (getting Tea) to chat and hang out. There's no typical Friday night for me, there's always variety.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am spiritual to a degree, even though I never "see" the things my friends are describing to me. I very much believe there is a creator of the universe, but I'm not sure that any one religion fully understands, I tend to lean towards Unitarianism, which meshes with my Lutheran upbringing. I tend to see the whole of world religions as all part of the same truth, that truth I have only begun to piece together.
You should message me if
- What I wrote above strikes a cord with you, makes you smile, or laugh.

- You find some kind of magic in the world, either through science, spirituality, or just your own perception. Even if it's just moments of daydreaming when the world becomes quiet.

- I wouldn't object to finding someone to date, I'd love it, but my focus has always been on finding friends, and giving that the opportunity to grow into something more.

- Roll a D20 to charm.
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