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My self-summary
I love books - especially crazy, bizarre fiction. Sometimes my favorite books make me absolutely giddy - the kind that carries you incredibly far from reality (Jeff Noon, Tim Powers, China Mieville...) My music tastes range from hip-hop to electronic to country to industrial. I spend my days making computers do my bidding, and my evenings bumping around the house working on projects, gabbing with friends at the pub, or... who knows what else. I'm a jeans and t-shirt kinda guy - that's what you'll almost always find me in. I start my days off with drip coffee, black. I'm a good listener. I'd prefer to see a band play in a small bar than a big venue. I get a kick out of trying out new recipes. Campy, low-budget movies make me giggle more than they should.

I'm an introvert and proud of it. I enjoy thinking about how the world works and my place in it. 95% of the time I'm very laid-back - a go-with-the-flow type... but when I decide that something should happen, I'm very headstrong about getting it done.

I am philosophical, laid-back, and a little bit geeky.
What I’m doing with my life
Professional computer nerd in academia. I get to work with college students, which is fantastic - the ones I hire never fail to impress me.
I’m really good at
Rambling off on really bizarre philosophical trains of thought while sipping a beer at the pub; Cooking usually tasty things; Being a little bit of a wise ass; Playing the Devil's Advocate (or The Shaman? hmmm) - I can often look at an issue from several standpoints; Lounging by the lake reading and occasionally diving in or going waterskiing.
The first things people usually notice about me
People notice me? Neat!

No really - I think I slip under most people's radar at first, and it's not until we get to know one another that I leave much of an impression on someone. At first, I think I may come across as a little socially awkward. Those that do get to know me seem to keep coming back for more, so I figure that's a good sign.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: 'Vurt' by Jeff Noon, 'Dune' by Frank Herbert, 'Last Call' by Tim Powers, 'Perdido Street Station' by China Mieville, 'The Player of Games' by Iain M. Banks, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' by Douglas Adams, 'The Illuminatus! Trilogy' by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson, 'Stranger in a Strange Land' by Robert A. Heinlein.

Movies: The Evil Dead, Repo! The Genetic Opera, Mirrormask, The Corpse Bride, Requium for a Dream, Ski School, Alice in Wonderland, The Dark Crystal, Mystery Men, Big Trouble in Little China, Logan's Run, Barbarella.

Music: Hilltop Hoods, Pornophonique, Assemblage 23, Delerium, Plumb, Funker Vogt, Bad Religion, Lamb, KMFDM, Shooter Jennings, Anna Nalick, Wolfsheim, Street Dogs, Conjure One, Flogging Molly, Sleeptheif, The KLF, Blue Scholars.

Food: Anything I can cook up! I like foods with lots of flavor - hearty to spicy.
Six things I could never do without
My laptop, my bookshelves (complete with books!), morning coffee... black, music, my kickass friends and... oooh, I know! My tarot deck.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What to cook next. Metaphysics. Technology. Magick. Computers. Social dynamics. Philosophy. Being an INFP. Monkies. (Just kidding!)
On a typical Friday night I am
Relaxing at home after a hard week at work, or relaxing at a pub with my friends after a hard week at work.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
How about that I sometimes still sleep with my teddy bear? Or that I hate doing dishes... so much that I was willing to move and spend more on rent just so I could get a dishwasher. The most dangerous utensil in my kitchen is the potato peeler - I'm far safer peeling veggies with a knife. I'm passionate about XML. Particularly parsing XML... and for no particular reason.

"Also scared to talk on the phone."

Yes yes. As bunni3burn is kind enough to point out, I have some telephone issues. I find it super difficult to just pick up the phone and dial someone I haven't spoken to before or very often. This is particularly apparent when needing to call the landlord, or have to make dentist appointments, but can apply to social calls as well, though those are easier. I blame the introversion. It's easily enough worked around though, it just takes some planning and someplace I can shut the door and focus before dialing the number...
You should message me if
I sound interesting, or you want to ask me a question about what I've listed here, or you want to call me a big 'ol goofy dork, or... no really, you should just do it. I rarely bite - promise!
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