35Jersey City, United States
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My self-summary
I like to explore a lot. That could include physically going to know places or trying to think through logical problems that I haven't given attention to in the past. For instance, I've been spending a fair amount of time trying to learn about machine learning in order to get a computer program to play cards better. I'm stretching the definition of "explore" to include searching through new concepts, but perhaps you'll agree with that stretch.

I like bike riding, studying Mandarin, 3D photography, and I've been making good use of a long commute to do reading. I go swing dancing regularly, and take lessons to get more advanced in it. I used to do a very little bit of disc golfing, but that's harder in NYC than back in Wisconsin. I try to be good at organizing get-togethers with my friends and get everybody else out of the house.

There are all sorts of things I want to be more knowledgeable about, but perhaps I'm inconsistent on how much I value knowledge. I like reading history and current events and would like to have more intricate knowledge of religions and philosophies that I don't necessarily subscribe to. It would be good to be able to meet someone and have a better understanding of where they are coming from. But of course that takes time so I make progress on this rather slowly.
What I’m doing with my life
I work as a computer programmer. I volunteer some of my time at my church. In my spare time, I've found myself wanting to develop something, so I've been working on the above-mentioned card game.
I’m really good at
Breaking problems into parts.
Keeping my temper.
Getting wrapped up in a project even though it is merely interesting instead of practical.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I like to read history books and current events information.
Some of the history books I've read include some on Germania, "Island at the Center of the World" (about Dutch Manhattan), "Making of Milwaukee", a book on Marco Polo, and "1491".
Other stuff I've enjoyed in the past includes Azimov's Foundation series, "The Fall of Rome" (historical fiction), "Star Trek: Federation", "Great American City: What Works and Doesn't", the Time Machine.
I listen to Big Band music, jazz, alternative, and a little bit of classical. I listen to music from The Cardigans, New Phornographers, (actually pretty clean if you don't know the band), Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Jay Chou, and Sun Yan Zi.
I watch a lot of Science Fiction on TV including Stargate and Star Trek. Sometimes I'll watch Downton Abbey, S.H.I.E.L.D., or Gotham. I watch comedies like Arrested Development, 30 rock, Red Dwarf, IT Crowd, and Black Adder.
I'm not as big a fan of old time radio as I used to be, but I still enjoy Jack Benny and CBS Radio Mystery Theater.
Six things I could never do without
Take this with a grain of salt but I'll list:
+ friends and family
+ church
+ dancing (swing and ceili)
+ nice walks around the neighborhood, feeling either the hmm of the motion around me or the calm of relative silence
+ my bicycle
+ logic puzzles

I used to put "library" on the list, but I've found myself buying books more often lately.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
...where I'm going to go exploring next.
...why I'm not spending my time doing and learning certain things if I really value them.
...how to phrase things in an expected conversation.
...parallels I can draw between things in my own life, the Bible, history, and the news.
On a typical Friday night I am
Maybe dancing, but probably relaxing at home. I tend to have some pretty busy evenings during the week, so Friday nights I need to recuperate.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
About 10 years ago I went into the Windows Registry on my computer of the time and changed the name of the Recycle Bin to the "So-long Files". It seemed funny at the time, but now I don't get my own joke.
You should message me if
you want to recommend a place to go swing, ceili, or salsa dancing. (I don't know the last of those too well yet), or
you like to talk about world news, or
you'd like someone to listen to you talk about laws of physics asking occasional questions.
The two of us