I'm tinkering on my profile and contemplating an overhaul as I've been out of circulation here for quite awhile.
The OKCupid Test classifies me as The Slow Dancer, and I can't argue too much with the description. Like most INTJs I'm an unconventional problem solver, only I have a bad habit of picking problems that either take a long time to solve or can never be solved. I am usually good at conversation. I have literary ambitions but need to figure out a project I can actually finish and get published in a timely manner. I spend a lot of time on the Internet and can't remember very well how I ever managed without it.
I am a non-alcoholic who hasn't had an alcoholic beverage since a city council election that could have gone a lot better in 2003 (I'm not opposed to alcohol use, I just have a specific reason to avoid it). If you live to dance, pah-tay, get wasted, and the like, expect to find me to be the most boring person imaginable -- that's not the flavor of interesting I am. I'm a flaming introvert unless politics, principles, or a goal are at stake, whereupon I am prone to behaving like a flaming extrovert until I wear myself out.
There is one paramount reason I want to get humanity into space: survival. We have all of our eggs stashed on an unstable 8-ball just waiting to get hit by something assuming we don't finish ourselves off first. We need offworld colonies and we need them as soon as possible. A space race could be one way to get us off offworld, but only if foul play isn't used to artificially prevent competitors from getting anywhere. ITAR rules want to classify everything as a weapon and are unbelievably draconian in their restrictiveness. if you want to get somewhere in space, you'll have a much easier time if you're not from the US, have no one on your team from the US, and don't need any money from the US. Watch Libya beat us back to the Moon. It needs to be noted that space exploration isn't the actual goal. Exploration is a means to an end, and science gets a lot more cost-effective when it can piggyback on purely commercial models. You don't need a research grant to get GFLOPS of computing power for your project, for example -- business and consumer demand have driven the cost down to virtually nothing. Let's do the same for space. The first place we need a colony is Luna. Our moon is very close, meaning that trial-end error tribulations can find help in a matter of days, increasing the chances of survival for our colonists. We also have abundant aluminum, oxygen, silicon, iron, and other important elements that can be sent to outer destinations at far lower energy costs than sending them directly from Earth. Whether Mars, Near-Earth Asteroids, the main Asteroid Belt (I'm rather partial to the idea of settling on Ceres) should be our next destination is a more interesting argument than --
What do you mean I've gotten off topic?
I'm a card-carrying member of the Libertarian Party and I am highly active with it. For the future, for the environment (take a wild guess who the world's biggest polluter is, so yes, you can be both a libertarian and an environmentalist), and if nothing else to buy time so that some of us can get off of this rock before we finish destroying it. Also if we can get into space we can move a lot of heavy, destructive industry there to where we have no ecosystem to impact.
I became active with Ron Paul's run for the GOP nomination in 2007, giving me a chance at penance for not voting for him as a teenager. I've since gotten involved with Ron Paul's Campaign for Liberty. I wasn't as involved this time around but still sent in quite a bit of money. I've also donated to my own party's candidate, governor Gary Johnson, who had no trouble at all getting our nomination despite a crowded field of candidates.
I am no fan of pubic schools as they presently exist in our country. Homeschooling seems the optimal route for those who can manage it. We need a better private education system for students who can't be homeschooled and means to help those in need get private education. I'm prone to waffling on School Vouchers as while they promise to be an excellent transitional step, they also present the peril of corrupting private schooling with regulations while forcing the unwitting to pay for it. For the record, I'd want to be the one homeschooling.
Libertarians are often referred to as fiscally conservative and socially liberal, although lately the terms liberal and conservative have ceased to be be meaningful. Our party printed some signs that used the term socially tolerant, but the term tolerant became controversial in the sense that it implies contained hostility. The newer phrase is Minimum Government Maximum Freedom -- that should eliminate any confusion that we DO NOT want to regulate social behavior. We also want to maximize the effectiveness of the economy as well as mobility in the economy. Making the rich richer and bailing them out when they do unbelievably stupid things is NOT what libertarianism is about. That's what the mainstream political parties seem to be about. You won't find bigger opponents of corporate welfare and impossibly obscenely large bailouts than the LP. We also --
What did you say? Have I gotten off topic again? I'm supposed to be talking about me aren't I...
Religiously I am perhaps best categorized as a generic monotheist. I presently lack the cultural background to say I'm Jewish or something else in my monotheism. Maybe my as-yet-undiscovered significant-other-to-be can could help me here. Let me avoid saying more lest I start to offend people.
I've composed several instrumental pieces of music, including a three movement work that's about 16 minutes long. I need to get back into being a composer as it's been awhile, and it would be nice to release something finally. My acts of music composition include a few rock/metal songs, but I don't have a definitive recording of any of them. I've written poetry, but a lot of my work as a poet are things that people are horrified by.
I'm a strict lactovegetarian/vegetarian (I've seen it spelled here as vegitarian) -- think vegan plus milk. I could probably convert to veganism with help.
I could be easily described as a pack rat. That and planning ahead is why I got a four bedroom house.
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I am dedicated, rational, and unconventional
I used to be involved with Wikipedia and am involved with a few specialized wikis on topics that are important to me. My opinion of Wikipedia has declined significantly over time.
Books: Andromeda Strain, Larry Niven's Known Universe (Ringworld), Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome series (First Man in Rome), David Weber's Honor Harrington series (On Basillisk Station), Roger Zelazny's Amber series (Nine Princes in Amber); Atlas Shrugged (I just annoyed somebody by typing this, I know)
Movies/Television: Primer, The Dark Knight, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, THX 1138 (1971 ending, although the new ending is more consistent with the 1967 ending), To Live and Die in LA, Dr Strangelove, Real Genius, Blade Runner, Blazing Saddles, The Dark Crystal, Call of Cthulhu, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, and Doctor Who -- and I'm not saying here how I watch television without watching television;
Music: Prog Rock (Steely Dan, Styx, Pink Floyd, Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer -- the more cerebral the better), other types of thought-provoking rock (Al Stewart, Seanan McGuire's Red Roses and Dead Things), punk rock and new wave (well, it was new once upon a time) Dead Kennedys, DEVO, hard classical and jazz (Beethoven, Wagner). I used to listen to a lot of Heavy Metal but my ears can't handle the punishment as much as they used to.
Food: Rice, legumes, potatoes, tofu (plain white is an acquired taste but I've grown to like that in addition to the heavily pre-seasoned sandwich grade), pizza, bagels, mushrooms, tomato sauce, and possible eggplant if I can figure out how to prepare it adequately;
Webcomics: Freefall, Girl Genius, Schlock Mercenary, XKCD, What It Takes, Dresden Codak, Erfworld, Outsider, Mary Elisabeth's Sock, Something Positive, Sluggy Freelance, Inhuman, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, A Girl and her Fed, Order of the Stick;
I used to say that any long distances were probably fixable, but that was before I bought the house. I'm not as mobile as I used to be.