Triakis
40Jupiter, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a quiet guy who enjoys bending his computer to his will, trying to get beautiful or interesting pictures, playing games, and the occasional electronics project. I also like hiking, listening to music, playing board games (I really like ones made by Matt Leacock), 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.

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'm still using my first cell phone, which I got about ten years ago.
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 improving a real-time simulator. It is intended to train operators of robots used for underwater maintenance and construction tasks.

During the weekends, I may deal with lawn care, or might have some fun with photography or electronics. I sometimes squeeze that in during the week, too. Occasionally, I take pictures of a rocket launch. Rockets so far include the Space Shuttle, Atlas V, and Falcon 9. I'm also planning on seeing and photographing the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.
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), Plan 9 from Outer Space, anything on MST3K.

TV: Battlestar Galactica (new), MST3K, Doctor Who, Firefly, Cowboy Bebop, Monty Python
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: 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.

Games:
Roll for the Galaxy, Forbidden Island, Forbidden Desert, Pandemic, Castle Panic, Battlestar Galactica, King of Tokyo
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
I go home and find something to tinker with. Occasionally, I may watch a movie or something of that sort. Sometimes I've got an idea for a photograph and I try to make it happen.
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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