I've lived in the Twin Cities my entire life, having grown up in the northern suburbs helping my do-it-yourself parents turn a chunk of swampland into their dream house. As a kid I always took school far too seriously, but I've grown a lot since then and education has given way to a tech career that I'm rather good at and take only somewhat too seriously.
Following politics has never been an obsession of mine, but I like to be reasonably aware of current issues and generally lean to the left, particularly where social issues and civil liberties are involved. I don't subscribe to any religion (organized or otherwise) but have no problem with those who do as long as they're not being intolerant about it. My list of life priorities doesn't include children right now and I'm doubtful that it ever will.
I'm on this site because I like building new social connections with fun and interesting people that I would be unlikely to meet otherwise. Plus, I get to put all those English classes to good use, waste time with amusing quizzes, and conceal my horrific ugliness by posting photos of a random guy I found on Myspace.
I'm kidding, of course -- it was Facebook, not Myspace.
I started an IT career pretty early in life and my passion for technology has shown no signs of fading. Don't be surprised if you catch me reading up on software designs just for the fun of it, and plan on my home network being under construction more often than not when you try to use the wi-fi.
Playing music is one of the few things that I approach mainly with intuition rather than structure and rules. I'm the bassist and sound guy for a casual band project with some good friends, and there are three or four other instruments that I tinker with as a relaxing hobby. I've also been trying to go out dancing more often with the local Argentine tango community and I'd be game to pursue salsa, swing, or blues if I found the right partner.
Raising my left eyebrow in a quizzical fashion and absent-mindedly reaching up into ceiling fans are some other key skills; I can't believe I haven't put those on my résumé yet.
Movies: Pixar films (particularly The Incredibles and Big Hero 6), Death at a Funeral, A Fish Called Wanda, Serenity, Hot Fuzz, and a surprising number of Shakespeare adaptations
Television: Archer, Bob's Burgers, Firefly, The IT Crowd, Parks and Rec, Red Dwarf, Sherlock, Star Trek TNG and DS9, Top Gear
Music: alt-J, Cake, Chvrches, Jack Conte, Jonathan Coulton, Ok Go, Rage Against the Machine, The Rural Alberta Advantage, They Might Be Giants, Tom Lehrer
Food: Mexican and Thai, with copious amounts of spiciness
- A careful balance between human interaction and solitude
- Opportunities to use my talents to help people in small ways
- Keyboard shortcuts
- Two additional things that are simultaneously inspiring and thought-provoking, and which I will think up later