Chess_Piece_Face
31 Minneapolis, United States
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My self-summary
Me in a nutshell: Help! How did I get stuck in this nutshell?!

I am a curious person. I enjoy solving complex problems. I am a systems admin by day, an aspiring costumer and devourer of books by night. I frequently feel as though I am enjoying life more than the average corporate commuter and occasionally have to resist the urge to dance down Nicollet Mall.

And let's not beat around the bush. I'm also a nerd. Proud of it. I hang out at comic shops and trivia nights. I'm a fan of board games, and computer games. I help run quiz bowl events for high school students.

Not a big fan of sitting around in front of the television when there's nothing better to do. I'd much rather be out doing something to exercise my body or my mind.
What I’m doing with my life
Economically, working for a small business doing systems admin and tech support work, while helping develop new products I shouldn't talk about.

Artistically, I'm trying to sing more, and channel seven school-years of orchestral double bass into learning the bass guitar. Also starting to branch into sewing and costume design.

Physically, trying to train for a 5k while avoiding injuries and other setbacks.

Socially, alternating between a couple of pub quiz teams and wine-and-board-game nights with friends.
I’m really good at
Remembering odd facts, though Jeopardy keeps refusing to let me on the show.

Creative expansion from instructions: Cooking inspired by recipes, tailoring from patterns, furniture from IKEA, the occasional guilty-pleasure LEGO kit.
The first things people usually notice about me
I talk funny sometimes. Not due to any speech impediment, but studying linguistics has done some weird things to my speech patterns and too much exposure to British television and radio coupled with a lot of reading has messed with my vocabulary.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Babylon 5, LOST, Battlestar Galactica, BBC's Sherlock. Serial television that expects the viewer to be smart and keep up with it

Duck Soup, Mystery Men, The Princess Bride, and the films of Christopher Nolan, the brothers Coen, Hayao Miyazaki and Satoshi Kon, MST3k and RiffTrax.

The Sparrow, Catch-22, His Dark Materials, War for the Oaks, Cat's Cradle, American Gods, and anything by Terry Pratchett. Books with a mix of the philosophical, a touch of the fantastic, and a sense of humor.

They Might Be Giants, John Prine, classical Broadway, Moxy Früvous, Flanders & Swann, Great Big Sea, Mike Oldfield, Amanda Palmer

Sushi and other Japanese cuisine, spicy Thai, Caribbean and southwestern food.

Mass Effect, Scrabble, anything featured on Tabletop

Sandman, Transmetropolitan, Y: The Last Man, Saga.
The six things I could never do without
- Eyeglasses, unless I want to live a miserable headache-ful life.
- Good friends and good wine, preferably shared
- An intellectual challenge
- Quiet walks on crisp autumn evenings
- A well-written novel
- Coffee
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The color of infinity inside an empty glass

If I were sent back in time, how I would convince someone I'm trustworthy and/or how I'd make a living

Why parts of geek culture seem to have a problem with misogyny and how to encourage it not to.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I never learned to drive. At first, this was because of being busy/lazy. Nowadays, it's more out of economic responsibility. However! This will change this year! I've promised myself I'd get a license before my next birthday.
You should message me if
- You're a left-leaning socially-conscious woman with a thing for lanky geeky guys with glasses
- You wear glasses yourself (I reject the wit of Dorothy Parker)
- You like pub trivia
- You're looking for a vocalist and shitty bass and/or bodhran player for a geek/folk band.
- You like to chat about books, movies, games, or other media
- You've heard of QI and/or I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue
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