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My self-summary
I'm a quiet guy who enjoys bending his computer to his will, trying to get beautiful pictures, playing games, and the occasional electronics project. I also like hiking, listening to music, reading news and various odd things to learn about something that grabs my interest. My favorite shows are MST3K (makes fun of bad movies) and Battlestar Galactica (the newer one), and I like watching Godzilla movies for laughs. I have a degree in computer game development (it is really software development) and get to put it to use in the simulation industry. I don't play any MMO games, but I do enjoy other titles like Wipeout, LEGO Starwars. I haven't been playing games much at all this year except for holidays. Board games are great when I can find enough players.

According to the MBTI, my personality is INTP. It fits pretty well.

Jumbled facts: I have a sarcastic sense of humor (it goes with MST3K). I run Gentoo Linux on my computer. I've taken an interest in photography and have a DSLR with a few lenses. I believe anything can be taken too seriously. I still have a VCR and a regular old CRT TV. I know people in Winter Park, so I do travel there occasionally. I finally got a cell phone about eight years ago, and just because I was about to move and my previous phone service provider went out of business. Still using the same phone. I don't use twitter. I may be a bit of a technology loving Luddite.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm spending time on a dating website, so it's a safe bet that I'm trying to meet new people and maybe get a date. I'm too shy to be good at either without help. I have trouble staring a conversion unless I've got a topic in mind, and I try to be sure the person I'm talking to is interested in that topic. That makes it hard for me to talk to anyone I don't know.

On weekdays, I'm a Simulation Engineer; I'm a software developer working on developing a new simulator. It is intended to train operators of robots used for underwater maintenance and construction tasks. They are those ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles) you may have heard about along with the oil spill in the Gulf. My employer hasn't done anything directly with the spill; they just make some of tools useful for deep water oil production, or shipwreck investigations, or laying communications cables. Personally, I just do software. Maybe I'll write something can help someone not bump an oil containment cap by accident.

During the weekends, I deal with lawn care, maybe clean my car, and might have some fun with photography. I sometimes squeeze that in during the week, too. I like to photograph the flowers, insects, birds, and cats that I find in my backyard. I have made Lego models to photograph, too. Occasionally, I take pictures of a rocket launch. Rockets so far include the Space Shuttle, Atlas V, and Falcon 9.
I’m really good at
Writing software; I like what I do at my job. I'm also good at understanding how computers and machines work, though I'm no mechanical expert (I do catch on quick at least) and I still need to figure out transistors better. I've got resistors pegged, though.

I find it odd that the list of languages presented by Ok Cupid includes C++ and LISP but not C, Java, assembly, Python, and a host of others. LISP isn't exactly a popular programming language, so why not list the Shakespeare programming language? Seriously, it does exist.

I'm also good at sneaking up behind people without even trying. Sometimes I scare them enough to scare me! A friend once told me that if I were a ninja, he'd be dead.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm quiet, especially in a crowd. Also, I'm thin.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Movies: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension, Tron, Bladerunner, Doctor Strangelove, Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog, Minority Report, Forbidden Planet, The Dish, October Sky, Brazil, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars (especially the first three released before being made "special"), Young Frankenstein, Spaceballs

Movies to laugh at: Godzilla (especially Final Wars), Space Mutiny, The Beast of Yucca Flats, Overdrawn at the Memory Bank, Plan 9 from Outer Space

TV: Battlestar Galactica (new), MST3K, Doctor Who, Firefly, Heroes, Cowboy Bebop, some Gundam shows, Monty Python, The Daily Show
I don't watch much television. I can't take any reality TV; I'm quite satisfied with the reality of my own life. A little less realism might be nice.

Other video and pictures: The Guild, XKCD

Music: The Crystal Method, Delerium, Fluke, Hybrid, Junkie XL, Juno Reactor, James Lauer, Love Spirals Downwards, Mike Oldfield, Orbital, Paul Oakenfold, Mike Oldfield, Sasha, Tangerine Dream, The Future Sound of London, Trentemøller, Underworld, VNV Nation, Weird Al Yankovic -- I caught everything in "It's All About the Pentiums" listening to it the first time while driving back to work.

Food: All the Italian and barbecue themed stuff my father makes. I need to pay more attention to how he does it. I don't much care for junk food.

Books: They're mostly non-fiction now. I started that free downloadable self-published Firefly novel, "My Own Kind of Freedom", by Steven Burst, but I didn't finish and read Ender's Game instead. I also like science fiction short stories; have a couple of books with Isaac Asimov's stories. I've also read the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Catch-22, and I have a copy of "Space Resources and Space Settlements", a NASA publication from a 1977 study.

Pandemic is a great board game where the players cooperate to beat the game. Castle Panic is another such game, but is a bit silly.
The Battlestar Galactica board game. It is based on the new series, not the eighties one. I like how the Cylon players get to play as humans and can hide their identity while working against the humans.
Six things I could never do without
Besides food, air, running water, electricity, and all those wonderful modern niceties?

A computer with a connection to a global network. Freedom of speech. Freedom to tinker (no iPhone for me!). A car to take me places. Games to relax with and relieve stress. The security to not have to worry about food, air, running water, electricity, etc . . .

I could do without mornings. Don't like them at all.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I just spend a lot of time thinking. I'm kept awake at night because my mind doesn't like to stop. Bother. I still need sleep.
On a typical Friday night I am
If I get off work early enough and the weather cooperates, I'll try to get the lawn work done. I might do a quick cleaning of my car, if it isn't too dirty. After that, dinner. Maybe I'll watch the previous night's Daily Show, or the next Doctor Who episode, or something else.

I don't know anyone else around here anymore who I might have fun with on Friday night. They all moved away. Job issues, though. Really, it wasn't me. Honest!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have an IBM Model M keyboard, a great buckling spring keyboard, from 1992 connected to my modern computer. I have copies of around 20 Godzilla movies (funny stuff).

As an example of the fun I have with technology, I have an Atari 7800 (plays Atari 2600 games, too) hooked up to my TV by an S-Video connection (I modified the Atari), and I connect an unmodified Playstation controller to the Atari with an adapter I made because the 7800's controllers hurt my hands, but Playstation controllers don't. The adapter uses an 8-bit microcontroller from Microchip (PIC16F628); I wrote the program for it and designed the circuit. I use a custom cartridge someone else made that provides a menu of lots of games to play that are stored on a memory card.

Not really private, just trivia.
You should message me if
You should message me if you have questions, like "What is that watermelon doing there, anyway?" Or if I seem interesting enough from all that odd text above.
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