I am inquisitive, fun-loving, and open-minded.
I'm learning to cook more, because I like good food and because I am sick of microwaving everything. I've also taken up brewing, which is fascinating and rewarding. I've made wine, some ciders, and a considerable amount of mead, which is probably my favorite beverage, hands down.
Movies: Sci-fi, adventure, and comedy. The Fifth Element, Pirates of the Carribean, and Office Space are good. I was blown away by Heath Ledger's performance in The Dark Knight, but who wasn't? I also enjoy anime from time to time. Thank you, Japan, for giving us giant robots.
Music: Mostly electronic music, but I like a smattering of almost every other style. Daft Punk, Justice, The Mars Volta, and Nik Kershaw(remember him?) are favorites. I have recently discovered Cut Copy, Infected Mushroom, Akhentek, and others. Thank you, Charles Babbage, for laying the groundwork that would eventually create the bleeps and bloops I treasure more than any other music.
Food: I can't resist asian cuisine. Japanese and Korean are my favorites, but you can't go wrong with Chinese, Thai, or Indian either. I never pass up a chance to get dim sum.Sushi is a big favorite, and I'm learning to prepare it. I'll try almost anything, though.
My friends: When life gives me lemons, my crazy drunken friends come over, get plastered, and pass out on the couch.
Adenosine triphosphate: Because "oxygen" just isn't funny anymore.
Good food: Life is too short to be eating crap. Give me sushi or give me death!
Free time: I need a lot of time just to daydream and muse. I live for the time that I get to decide how to spend. There can never be too much of it.
Nature: When I spend too much time away from the green stuff, I start to get antsy. Call me crazy, but I just can't consider a place without trees to be a home.
Humor: Because apparently I can't count properly.
When I'm not feeling as emo as all that, though, I spend a lot of time thinking about recent advances in science, our growing understanding of human genetics, and the possibilities and implications of nanotechnology. If we live long enough, we are going to see some serious shit.
I consider myself a transhumanist, and I think the elimination of aging and, eventually, death, is the most important scientific advance we can make as a species. Something like 160,000 people die every day. If an infectious diease caused that many deaths per day, it would be heralded as the greatest epidemic the world has ever known. Though indefinite lifespan(and youth) may temporarily worsen overpopulation, it will only force society to find a way to deal with the problem sooner. It may seem far-fetched, but there are good reasons to believe that many people alive today will live to see the turn of the next century, and the one after that as well.
I don't believe cartoons (or anime) are only for children.
I plan to be preserved in liquid nitrogen when I die in hopes of seeing the far future.
And the number one thing I probably shouldn't be admitting here:
I'm overweight. I'm 5'5 and 220 lbs. I don't want anybody to be surprised by that when they meet me. I've seen too many MySpace angles and cropped shots on OkCupid, and I'd rather be honest. I don't want to trick you into liking me.
That being said, I don't believe that obesity is a condition that anybody should be happy with. The "fat acceptance" movement is the most idiotic thing I've seen in a long time. People are overweight because, whatever they tell themselves, they value eating what they like all the time over being healthy. Obesity is usually a result of lack of discipline coupled, at least in the US, with an overabundance of incredibly unhealthy food available cheaply and easily.
On the other hand, I don't have anything against people who are overweight. I don't think less of them as people. I know a tremendous number of beautiful, intelligent, complex people who my life would be empty without, and I am sad that they may not live as long as they could have.
I weigh what I do because until very recently I suffered from a lack of discipline. I have made a decision that my health is worth more to me than stuffing myself, and rather than diet, I've made a commitment to eat healthier for the rest of my life, which is the only way to keep the weight off after it has been lost. I've failed to drop the pounds and keep them off many times, but by the summer of 2013, I'll be at a healthy weight, or dead from trying.
If you've read this whole thing, thank you. If you don't want to talk to me until I replace this section with "I used to be fat, now I look like John Basedow" I completely understand, and I'll see you next summer!
(Disclaimer: I will never, nor do I want to, actually look like John Basedow.)