My interests are varied. I enjoy amusement parks (my inner child screams "Roller coasters rule!"), Renaissance festivals, and games nights with friends. I almost crave conversations requiring depth of thought in addition to playful banter.
With only a few exceptions, I rarely get along with people my own age or older, so my friends tend to be in their late-20s to mid-30s. I'm future-focused, always trying to keep a sense of youthfulness and optimism.
Though I identify as a polyamorous person, I lean strongly towards the poly-fidelity variety. I am not a 'network poly' person! I see relationships as being just like traditional monogamous ones, just with more than two people. I'm in a committed relationship with laurenleeb (who is a surprising exception to my usual age range) and she has a strong preference for women. As a poly-ish person, I'm open to additional relationships, accepting that they can become primary as well. For me, polyamory is not about having more sex partners! I have never desired meaningless passion, preferring to start as friends, allowing intimacy to develop naturally. (Note: I'm married to Brunhilde but the relationship is 'just friends' now.)
I am contemplative, compassionate, and imaginative with a touch of playfulness and kink. Protean Star Stuff is my tumblr.
Movies: The more “grown-up” ones are Cloud Atlas, Contact, Serendipity (yes, I actually do like it), and the conversation-inspiring The Man From Earth. The animated ones include Shrek, Finding Nemo, Epic, and most recently, Frozen. I also enjoyed the Iron Man, Thor, and Avenger movies.
Shows (assuming the TV variety): Babylon 5 (because it was written and mostly flows as a story), the various Star Trek incarnations, the Stargate variations, Doctor Who, Warehouse 13, Big Bang Theory, and most recently, Sherlock, Continuum, Defiance, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Music: A wide variety from trance to alternative to new age, but not rap or country.
Food: Home-made french fries (in olive/canola oil) and some type of meat (while taking note of its carbon footprint), with a healthy side of veggies! Although I really like fruits & vegetables, I have to occasionally feed my "inner carnivore" or he gets a little cranky... like a ravenous T-rex!
1) Sense of self (enlightened self-interest, I hope)
5) Fun, enjoyable food
6) Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Happiness.
I think a lot about how STEM (and, with art, STEAM) education can inspire successive generations to create/build/transform civilization. And how I can help.
I'm not always serious minded. Sometimes, I think about what it would be like to put voice-activated robotic arms under a conference table. Then, during a sprint planning meeting, when someone uses the word 'innovate' for the umpteenth time, I could shout: “Release the Kraken!”
And, not that I'm saying that I am a Time Lord, but it should be noted that the Doctor and I have never been seen in the same location at the same time. Something to be pondered, indeed!
In particular, contact me if you:
* Want to go to a festival, a park, the aquarium, science center, museum, etc.
* Would be excited by attending a conference like the 100YSS Public Symposium 2015 (it's better to share a room).
* Want to have weekend Babylon 5 marathons (or other older series).
* Want to co-create STEM/STEAM education materials.
* Can help develop social models in an attempt to create a real-world psychohistory.
* Can help me write the (potentially open-source) software to simulate those social models.
And I'm provisionally “all yours” if you are the quirky redhead, with purple bangs, from the future who came back in time to give me the winning lottery numbers.