26 Falls Church, United States
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My self-summary
I always have some new thing to be doing or trying to learn. Always a instrument I'd like to learn to play better (guitar), a project I need to put together (data logger), some strange skill I'm working on acquiring (Spencarian script cursive).

I enjoy camping, hiking, canoeing -- all kinds of outdoor things, even though I can't go very often. I learned to drive a boat, ride a motorcycle, and fly a hang glider before I was licensed to drive. I learned skydive in college and sailing is next on the list. For now I just ride a motorcycle. On that note, I suppose I am what some call an adrenaline junky. I like to think of them as calculated risks; the injury rates for skiers are much higher than for skydivers.

I'd definitely rather be relaxing in the woods somewhere than at a party, but being the wallflower who can start a fire at a winter party has its benefits.
What I’m doing with my life
Finding new ways to enjoy the moments between the things we look forward to.

Getting used to living in a real city.

High speed big data IoT buzzword factory software.
I’m really good at
Producing semi-relevant facts from the ether. But also, forgetting things.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm tall? And know plenty of pointless Jeopardy facts.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Hmm. The Count of Monte Christo. Sidhartha. Sci Fi, epics, classics. I try to switch between dense literature and fun, fast reads. Lately textbooks on cluster computing and pulp sci fi. Also trying to dig a little deeper into modern fiction rather than just the classics.

Movies. Well, that's a little more difficult. Pretty much any movie with Steve McQueen. Oh, and The Iron Giant. Old westerns. Kurosawa. I also like terrible but entertaining movies. I've seen The Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift more times than anyone really should. WHY DOES THE CAR HAVE AN EYEBROW?

I listen to all kinds of music, I can't possible list a favorite. I like classical, electronic, rock, metal, hip-hop, bluegrass, jazz, blues, folk, ambient, I can't think of more genres, and reggae.
Never get tired of Led Zeppelin. Lots of club jazz and progressive metal lately.

More than any one favorite, I like finding new things to broaden my horizon. A foreign film, a writer with unique voice, or a new style of music are usually more interesting to me than what's popular now.

Food though? Pizza. Hands down. I love all kinds of food as well, and trying new foods. But what would life be without pizza?
The six things I could never do without
Air(to fly in), water(to swim in), a motorcycle, self improvement, new experiences, and the full faculties of my mind.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How the air moves. How things work. How to conjugate a past tense verb is Spanish. Whether other people see what I call green the same way that I see it (turns out, the answer is no!). Why people make the decisions they do. The logistics and politics of improving public transportation. How soon I could live on a sailboat or have a grass runway.

Whatever comes to mind.
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably not partying. Driving, swimming, relaxing on the porch (I have a porch again!), reading, sleeping, watching a movie, planning some far more exciting thing for the next morning. Or some combination of several and more.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a piercing and a tattoo that most people will never see.
You should message me if
You found any of this at all interesting and want to talk more. Although I don't suspect people who want to talk less send messages.

I'm flattered by comments about my facial hair, but you should know that it varies constantly. I might shave it off any time I get bored of it, and might immediately grow it back.