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My self-summary
Life is serious, so it should be taken lightly.

Not frivolously, or solemnly: there's a laughter that comes from the heart. I can't always smile at the tragedies that come by, but I can still laugh.
What I’m doing with my life
Gradually building the kind of life I want to have. I learned a long time ago that you can't put off living. Which is less wild than it sounds: I have a strong sense of responsibility, and I prefer a quiet, contemplative life. But that doesn't just happen. You have to go out and make it happen, building it one brick at a time.

By trade I'm a technical artist, working with computer graphics. I'm excited by the prospects of collaborative creativity between humans and machines, as we gradually create better, more flexible tools. My creative outlet is building little bits of the future.

If you're the kind of person who gets excited by new ideas and likes making things or spending quiet evenings talking with friends, we'll probably get along just fine.
I’m really good at
If I have to sum it up: knowledge and creativity. I thrive on learning new information and turning that into something that communicates with people. I like creating things that react to people. I like writing things that make them think, or painting something that makes them feel. Or vice versa.

I'm also pretty decent at cooking, though I hate cleaning up the kitchen afterwards.

I'm also really good at leaving dozens of tabs open in my browser.
The first things people usually notice about me
They tell me I'm quick-witted, in both senses of the term. I leave that for others to judge.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Narrowing it down to even a handful of favorite books is impossible: I've read too many books. Some recent-ish good ones: The Fifth Head of Cerberus, The Man Who Was Thursday, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Dark Lord of Derkholm, The King of Attolia.

For movies, I'm fond of films directed by Orwell, Tarkovsky, and Hitchcock. But I'm not particular. Top film of 2015 was probably Fury Road. Excellent editing and cinematography in service of an understated story. An action movie, but you have to think. I like that kind of thing. Though I also like watching philosophical movies with subtitles.

My television viewing is sporadic, but I've been watching Person of Interest on the recommendation of a friend. Who was absolutely right: it's a great show.

Favorite videogame: Kentucky Route Zero.

I'm pretty open-minded on food. I'll admit that a few years in Texas spoiled me for barbecue and Tex-Mex, and nothing I've found around here compares. But there's enough seafood and sushi to make up for it. I also like strawberries.
Six things I could never do without
Friends: My friends mean a lot to me. How do you know who your friends are? They're the ones who are

Family: My family has been there when I needed them, which I think is one of the best things you can have in a family. And I've been there when they needed me.

Faith: My faith is important to me.

Computers: The work I do wouldn't be here without them, and I like what I do. Plus there's the whole aspect of getting complex machinery to dance to my command.

Libraries: How do you think I read all those books? Libraries are a valuable community resource, and I practically lived in them growing up.

Creativity: I like making things; most of my hobbies revolve around that on some level. Not to mention my work, which at the best of times is like getting to play with an infinite Lego set. (At the worst of times it's more like the virtual equivalent of walking barefoot across an infinite Lego set.)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What it means to teach computers to create art. How storytelling works, and understanding it better. I taught my computer to write a novel last year. It won't make any bestseller lists, but it was a fun project.
On a typical Friday night I am
Either playing a board game with my friends or reading a book by myself. I like playing complex board games face-to-face with people I care about, and I like spending time by myself thinking and being self-contained. Not self-sufficient: no man is an island, as they say.
You should message me if
I'm always looking for more people to hang out with. Especially if you want to get together for board games (my favorite social lubricant for interacting with new-ish people). I'm open to other interesting activities, of course.

On the other hand, most of us are here looking for relationships in a more intimate sense. I'm no exception. I tend to take things slowly, but I have a hard time judging attraction if we don't meet in person.

Even if we don't end up in mutual limerence, most people have at least one thing that they're doing that's interesting to them. I like to listen when people talk about something they really care about.

To summarize, contact me for any of the following:
- interesting conversations
- board games
- to see if we have a spark in person
- you want to tell me something awesome you're doing right now
The two of us