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My self-summary
It sucks but the vast majority of "likes" I have received on this site are from computer chatbots or scammers of some sort. If you have an empty profile and you "like" me or message me with something essentially content-free, I will either ignore you or, if I'm bored, engage you in an impromptu Turing test. If you are a real human, don't be offended by this.

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.
What I’m doing with my life
One night I was sitting in a German bierhaus in Shanghai listening to a Filipino band playing Japanese musical instruments do a cover of John Denver's "Take Me Home Country Road." And I realized how much I appreciate multiculturalism. I wonder if there is anyplace in America where I could experience something similar.

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.
I’m really good at
Making people question my sanity or their own.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I'm wearing a bucket on my head and banging two cast iron skillets together while ranting about shape shifting reptilians stealing the election. Note to self: if it tastes bitter, it's not really LSD.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Latest obsessions are Luke Cage and Westworld. Also have become a semi regular listener of the Harmontown podcast, which I discovered via Rick & Morty.

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.
Six things I could never do without
I recently downsized my life considerably and I'm realizing that many of my previous necessities were actually luxuries. I didn't go so far as to actually become homeless, but I contemplated the possibility. Then again, I'm probably taking this question too literally. I never seem to be able to avoid meta-analysis. It would probably be more Zen if I could.

By the way, that hoard of CD's and books I mentioned earlier? Gone.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The nature of the brain and consciousness. How do we justify our beliefs. Confirmation bias and other cognitive distortions. Whether we're all just living in a post-singularity computer simulation. I try to approach life from a non-Aristotelian logic system, specifically instead of "true or false" I consciously try to bear in mind the options "true", "false", "indeterminate", and "meaningless." I also try to think of truth in terms of statistical probability. I'm 95% confident that Jesus Christ was not the son of the mountain storm god JHVH, and I'm pretty sure he never claimed he was, other than to claim that we are all the "sons of God." I get unduly agitated by Republicans and fundamentalists.

How all Belief Systems are BS.
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably watching a movie or playing a videogame.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
If I'm willing to admit it, I suppose it's not private. This is a tricky, mindfuck of a question. I tend to be rather open, but if I say something that I'm truly embarrassed about I will end up hating myself even more than I already do. If I say something that I don't really mind sharing I will feel like a bit of a fraud. And then there are the gray areas where I don't know I should be embarrassed about them or not. This is like one of those interview questions where they ask you what your worst quality is.

OK, screw it. I am a time traveling artificial intelligence with alien parasites in my brain.
You should message me if
Message me if you find anything in my profile interesting and you're not a complete psycho or an emotional or financial leech. Also, don't message me if you're an actual flat earther or David Icke fanatic. I was kidding about the reptilians.
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