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.
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.
Creative expansion from instructions: Cooking inspired by recipes, tailoring from patterns, furniture from IKEA, the occasional guilty-pleasure LEGO kit.
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.
- Good friends and good wine, preferably shared
- An intellectual challenge
- Quiet walks on crisp autumn evenings
- A well-written novel
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.
- You wear glasses yourself (I reject the wit of Dorothy Parker)
- You like pub trivia and/or want to start a team for the Harry Potter GWD quiz end of August
- 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