Anti-authoritarian social liberal and economic moderate. Zen pagan, mystical materialist, Pastafarian scientist, Taoist Discordian Pope. Musician, artist, maker, gamer, and hedonist.
I hold a master's degree in engineering and work in high tech.
I'm an out of practice musician who enjoys playing a wide variety of instruments, but the only instrument I can say I've achieved a very high level of skill at is guitar, which I've been playing for about 30 years. Besides guitar I also play Appalachian dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, didgeridoo, harmonica, banjo, ukulele, and hand drums (djembe and dumbek mainly.)
I am a proud geek and I subscribe to Make magazine. I have played around with a few projects using the Arduino microcontroller and I am handy with a soldering iron.
I'm polyamorous. In theory. Practically speaking I've been a serial monogamist. But it seems like jealousy is forever the bane of any serious long term relationship, and I would love to take it out of the equation. I'm ideally looking for the next great love of my life, but I'm also seeing new friends, with or without benefits.
I LOVE Dr. Who. I learned to knit in Jr. High so I could re-create Tom Baker's long multi-colored scarf. I managed about a foot and a half before my mother took pity and finished it for me. I also went to high school with John Barrowman of Torchwood fame.
If you know what "epistemology" means I'll be your friend for life. Two of my favorite books in the universe are Prometheus Rising and Quantum Psychology by Robert Anton Wilson.
I lived in California from 2005-2016. Austin from 1995-2005. Grew up in Joliet, Illinois.
Just relocated to the White Plains area of New York, still hunting for an apartment.
Update: New York didn't pan out. Trying to make a go of it in Illinois.
I'm an atheist by nature but I do praise Fortuna and throw her a bone whenever possible. I also dabble in Dudeism. The Dude Abides.
Books: Prometheus Rising, Quantum Psychology, The Discoverers, 21st Century Kinkycrafts, anything by Philip K. Dick, anything by Kurt Vonnegut, the Titan Trilogy by John Varley, any of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett, the Hitchhiker's Guide series, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Flatland, Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty trilogy, and Escape From Eden. World War Z... I am a book hoarder, I have way way too many and can't seem to part with any.
Movies: Anything by Terry Gilliam but especially Time Bandits, Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, and Life of Brian. All of the Monty Python movies. All of the Alien movies. Amelie. Run, Lola, Run. Rocky Horror. Inception. Memento. The Matrix. Dark City. The entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. Koyannisqatsi. Baraka. Any festival of animation. Flash Gordon. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Yellow Submarine. The Fifth Element. This Is Spinal Tap. The Corpse Bride. The Dark Crystal. City of Lost Children. A Clockwork Orange. THX1138. The original Star Wars trilogy (the version where Han shoots first.) Rogue One and Episode VII were also great. A while back I discovered the Fanedit community and downloaded several amazing fanedits of different Star Wars episodes as well as an incredible 3-hour fanedit of the five original Planet of the Apes films.
TV Shows: Westworld, Luke Cage, Mr. Robot, Rick and Morty, Game of Thrones, Archer, Orange is the New Black, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Dr. Who.
Music: Oh my. I'm also a CD hoarder. A few of the bands I love are AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Dead Can Dance, Klaatu, Queen, Fatboy Slim, The Gorillaz, George Thoroughgood, Daft Punk, Bjork, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jack White, Soundgarden, and the greatest band of all time: The Beatles.
Food: I love to cook and I love to eat -- one of my merchant marine friends has a saying "never trust a skinny cook" and I understand where that comes from. My favorite foods are probably sushi and pizza. I'm famous for a few signature dishes which I've perfected by making hundreds of times... one is a Tom Kha Gai soup (Thai lemongrass & coconut milk based) and another is a Chinese stir fried noodle dish. I also love a good steak and I know how to cook a mean ribeye. I can make Chicago style Italian beef sandwiches from scratch. I developed the recipe when I spent 10 years living in Austin, Texas and developed a craving for that particular comfort food. I also love wine and cheese. And oysters. Pretty much any shellfish, actually.
By the way, that hoard of CD's and books I mentioned earlier? Gone.
How all Belief Systems are BS.
OK, screw it. I am a time traveling artificial intelligence with alien parasites in my brain.