I enjoy traveling and have a spent some time in Spain, France, Hong Kong, Mexico City, with some friends from the various locales. I haven't been doing as much traveling as I'd like lately because of work but I intend on correcting that in the near future.
Personality: I like to think of myself as witty and funny but then again who doesn't? I'm an amateur science-geek with a passion for evolutionary biology and neurology. I love having interesting debates and try to follow Carl Sagan's advice: “It pays to keep an open mind, but not so open your brains fall out.” I'm a fairly voracious reader as well.
I'm also a gamer, but less so in recent years, and fine with either pen and paper (rarely lately), card games, or computer. I'm not the outdoorsy type, it's just never been my cup of tea. I'd much prefer an intelligent debate sitting at Starbucks with a Mocha Frapp than a kayaking trip. Or a good game for that matter. That applies to hunting as well. Never had any interest in it and I can confidently say I never expect I will.
Then again the company makes all the difference.
Politics: I'm a liberal with an ACLU member card in my wallet. (Update: Card has been lost somehow.) That about says it all. If you are on the far right-wing / tea party end of the spectrum we will likely not get along.
Exercising has never been a passion of mine since I never liked sports much, (I got my varsity letter on rifle team and math team in school), and was naturally thin. As I've gotten older I've started to work out but I have to force myself to do it at this point, it's not exactly a passion though I think a workout partner would be a great motivator.
On the whole"religion" note: I'm a secular humanist through and through. Read "Atheist". I don't mind if somebody's theology differs but I can't countenance most fundamentalists. That being said I'm being a bit hypocritical because I have very strong views on religion myself. I try to reign it in, however, even though I think the "Militant Atheist" label is a bit silly.
Frankly, if you're excessively religious, (not cultural but actively practicing/devout), spiritual, Ala carte Christian, etc, it's quite likely we will not get along.
This applies equally to conspiracy theorists and "mystical"/psuedoscience types (homeopathy, astrology, iridology, etc.)
Going back to school is the plan currently and from there I would like to teach either English or Science at the junior high to high school level. Though the pay will likely not be quite as good, at least I'd feel like I was helping to make a positive difference in the long run.
Hmm.. debating. I'm very good at rationally debating.
As a corollary I'm also good at attempting to be open minded and changing my view when presented with sufficient reasons or evidence. At least I'm good at trying. I'm still human and it's easy to fall into logical fallacies even when you're watching for the neurological pit-falls.
I honestly LOVE getting to say "Oh.. I was utterly wrong on that!" because that means I learned something which is great!
I'm good at being too blunt. Seriously, I never learn. I'm the friend that you should NOT ask "Does this dress make my ass look big?" unless you sincerely want my opinion.
Perhaps not something that I should advertise but I'm fantastic at dealing with creditors; not because I have them but because of my job :P
Procrastination. That too. I'll explain more about it later.
At least from the public comments made to me that would be number one.
For some strange reason people also tend to ask me if I'm in a band.. a lot. Not quite sure why that is but there you go.
(It should be noted that this is an inaccurate assumption and I have ZERO musical talent, though I played the clarinet from elementary though junior high. That being said I picked it solely because I thought it looked cool, all black and silver, when they held a musical demonstration for us... )
Momus, New wave, industrial, EBM, synthpop, darkwave. Musicals such as Les Mis, Rent, etc. Yes and Goth. I like my bitchy goth music as well.
Dorothy Parker's poetry, ITALO CALVINO (master of the short story), Douglas Adams, Kurt Vonnegut , Terry Pratchet, Neal Stephenson (Anethema being my favorite), Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game series, the O.E.D., The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Neil Gaiman (books and graphic novels), Preacher (graphic novel), House of Leaves, Good Omens,
Brent Weeks (Night Angel trilogy, Black prism), Richard Dawkins, Bertrand Russell (seriously if I won the lotto I'd put a copy of Why I'm Not a Christian in every hotel nightstand!), Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris (The Moral Landscape),
Lots more. I pick up random non-fiction books whenever I run across something I want to know more about like quantum mechanics, the LHC, climate change, etc.
Amelie, Run Lola Run, Les Miserables, Romeo and Juliet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Donnie Darko, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (not in the top 10 but an excellent movie), The Crow ( I know... I know...), Idiocracy, Zoolander, Moon, Primer, But I'm a Cheerleader, Waiting for Superman, Dr. Horrible, Rocky Horror, Serenity, Labyrinth, Pan's Labyrinth, Equilibrium.
Whitest Kids U Know, Kids in the Hall, Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Futurama, Archer, Parks and Rec, The Office, The Mighty Boosh, Firefly, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Dr. Who, FARSCAPE, House, Carnivale, Family Guy, the first season of The IT crowd, Ideal, Peep Show, That Mitchell and Webb Look, MISFITS! (though the third season fell on it's face a bit...)
I Fucking Love Science and various other science-y news feeds
Ignoring the obvious physical and social needs (food, water, shelter, a correctly mixed atmospheric blend... friends, hope, etc...) I'd have to go with:
- News of new scientific advancements.
- Starbucks Frappuccinos.
- My E-cigarette.
- My car, any car really.
- An unfinished book somewhere within easy reach. Strand me anywhere as long as the book lasts, I'm good.
-How people will look back on us in 100++ years and what we can do to at least attempt to not look like the utter morons we almost undoubtedly will seem to have been in retrospect.
-Whether religion will ever be predominantly phased out culturally.
-Wondering how that person I met years ago briefly at that place and had a great conversation with about that thing is doing now and what happened to them afterwards.
-Not a lot of time but randomly now and again the thought of "I wish I could experience sensory input the way people with different extreme forms of synaesthesia do just for a short time!" pops up.
-Wondering what color that color would look like if I could see it through your brain
Well I did love Meatloaf's "Back into Hell" album way too much in high school.
I also went to a friends Prom at her request dressed as cheesily goth as possible. The amount of black eyeliner and lipstick was obscene. I still have a picture ;)
Oh!! In college a girlfriend who still lived at home asked me to visit before she left on a trip to visit relatives for Thanksgiving. I drove 2 hours, finally got there at 3am, climbed up onto the porch roof, made my way over to her window (the second from the left) and tapped on it. ... Her mother opened it. She had given me directions from her view INSIDE THE *^#@$ house!...
Mom was NOT pleased.
(or if at the very least it makes you giggle)
We share some of the same interests, you see yourself as a bit of a science/book/anime/etc geek, you are intelligent, and/or have a good book recommendation for me.
Then again one of my best relationships was with somebody that was almost completely the opposite of me in terms of interests so.. use your judgment. I'm not ruling anything out at this point except for those falling into the categories at the bottom.
NB: If you feel that climate change is an egg-head elitist hoax, are anti-intellectual, feel that gay marriage is a threat to our country, or want to explain why creationism should DEFINITELY be taught in schools you should probably not waste either of our time.