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My self-summary
Responds positively to touch, offers of candy or tea, and discussion of great truths.
Responds negatively to zealotry (political, religious, name-brand), destruction of beautiful or valuable things, sleep pattern disturbances, and being attacked by dogs.
Do not mix with adult contemporary radio stations or grocery store advertisements, as volatile reactions will occur.
What I’m doing with my life
Reading about arcane scientific magic and playing with radios. Dreaming new interfaces for musical instruments, for tools. Building things, sometimes, but less often than I want to be.
Enjoying the contradiction of being poly and single, and enjoying the company of a few close friends in the area. Not drinking or smoking drugs, I swear.
Working as a linux sysadmin at a pretty nice place that encourages my crazy nerdiness. Thinking about EVERYthing.
Helping run two tiny nonprofits in widely different areas of impact.
I’m really good at
Knowing the names of things. I grew up in a household where knowing what something was was the first step toward understanding it, and I want to understand everything.

(That household was also full of things that broke constantly, so I can replace a window screen, patch drywall holes that may or may not be my own clumsy fault, keep a shitty 80s K-car or early 90s van running long past the point where it should have died, and tend to basic plumbing and electrical issues.)

Getting the gist of things despite my criminally short attention span for most speech in acoustically busy environments.

Not so much at small talk, but the part beyond small talk where we talk about things that actually matter to us?
Yeah, I love that part.
The first things people usually notice about me
It used to be some variation of "IT'S JESUS!" but I either outgrew that or outgrew those people.

Eyes? Beard? Awkward posture? Being a conversational Stuka instead of a B-27? Whichever bike I'm riding or carrying that day? It is a mystery.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Every time I read a profile that either contains the sentiment that reading is lame or lists the handful of books one has to read to graduate high school as their "favorites" I die a little inside. This site is slowly killing me. I love science fiction. William Gibson and I may be soul mates. Harlan Ellison isn't my soul mate, he's a shitty human being, but his stories still make me happy in that sad, wistful but soothing way. I will cry openly when Samuel R. Delany dies and you should too. I have more copies of engineering texts than most people would be comfortable with owning. My best friend got a fiction writing MFA at Columbia, so through her I've been reading more contemporary stuff and creative non-fiction and enjoying that too. I'm sure it's just a coincidence that the amazing writers she recommended taught two of her classes.

I listen to a lot of music across a ton of genres, and have been known to be incredibly hypocritical about what I like and don't like. Lately it's been ambient electronica, the new Future of the Left, and assorted electro-rock bands. (

I'm a Netflix junkie, and the only reason I regret canceling my cable is weeknights on Comedy Central from 10pm to 11pm Central.

I eat food.
The six things I could never do without
bikes, a supportive place to fail, a multitool, iced coffees, a community of which I can really feel a member, and the ability to dress in layers.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
car vs bike hostility.
post-collapse living situations.
embedded digital systems.
the similarities between classical, jazz, and techno, and how a talented drummer enhances everything.
robots and their secret lives.
whether I've forgotten my keys at work again.
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably not completely sober, but also probably not trashed.

Most likely, one of:
-In the loop, at my best friend's.
-At home, trying to finish up projects for my 9-to-5.
-Electrically engineering the shit out of some shit.
-Hanging out with likeminded people at a hackerspace we've created on Chicago's South Side.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
If you say things like "I'm so OCD" or "everyone's a little bipolar" I will judge you as a person.
Anal-retentive. The word you're looking for is anal-retentive.
You should message me if
Your map is not your territory.
You have 99 problems but a bitch ain't one. Alternately, if you have 100 problems.

You have literacy.

You sometimes find yourself wondering why the Big Bang Theory feels so cheap and shallow and exploitative of nerds and whether the IT Crowd does the same sort of thing. ("I laugh at smart people so I am smart!")