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My self-summary
I live for learning new things and having new experiences; I try to take every opportunity I can to expand comfort zones. I'd really like to share some of these with someone special. I enjoy helping others, and try to find time for volunteering when I can.

I'm a software developer, and am into the internet, linux, and open source. My main interests, however, are science and nature, philosophy, and sustainability. I'm a thinking person, and thoughtful conversation is one of my favorite things. However, under all the reason and logic, a dreamer lies: I like to write, usually only for my personal journal, but someday I'd like to try some short stories.

I also value quiet, reflective time, alone or with someone close. I like animals, children, and the outdoors (in any weather!). I find endless beauty in nature, and love hiking and camping in it. I enjoy riding the many bike trails in the city, especially during brisk spring/fall weather.

I am intelligent, thoughtful, compassionate, affectionate, playful, and sensitive, but I'll let you be the judge of that! If you think Myers-Briggs personality types are helpful, I'm an INTP. I will concede that the resemblance is uncanny.
What I’m doing with my life
Building a better personals site profile. Hoping (half of) the world beats a path to my door.

Still figuring some of it out, actually. How to balance the techie stuff that pays the bills while questing for knowledge and understanding.
I’m really good at
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Necessarily an incomplete list. Also subject to frequent fluctuations, but hopefully it will at least convey some useful impressions.

Books: fiction and nonfiction. Fiction-wise, it tends to be scifi/fantasy. Asimov, Bradbury, Douglas Adams, JK Rowling, Tolkien, etc. A particular favorite is Orson Scott Card. I also really enjoyed the Thursday Next novels. I read a fair bit of young adult fiction. Growing up is overrated! My favorite is The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Just reread the Nausicaa graphic novel. A must-read for any Miyazaki fan!

Nonfiction tends to be science and math stuff. Coming of Age in the Milky Way is the awesomest one I've read that is still very accessible to a nontechie audience. Soul of a New Machine is a real classic, and a great read. The Elegant Universe is a super introduction to modern physics, even without all that great String Theory content.

Anime! Miyazaki; Escaflowne; Now and Then, Here and There; Avatar: The Last Airbender; Moribito.

I listen to a lot of MPR. I will really miss The Morning Show. The Current is great, but I also miss WCAL. This American Life, Weekend Edition, On The Media, American Roots, all awesome, and most of them are produced by MPR/APM too. I had a single mission when I attended the MPR open house: get Chris Farrell's autograph. Cue the funny looks and sniggers :)

I really enjoy adventure type computer games, such as the Myst series, Grim Fandango, and The Longest Journey. I grew up on Infocom and Sierra On-line.

Music is all over. Classical, classic rock, celtic music, and folk. Weird Al is much awesome. One song that I find unduly hypnotic is The Windmills of Your Mind from the original Thomas Crown Affair (the one starring Steve McQueen). It won an Oscar, so I know I'm not alone.

Webfiction: Flipside, Narbonic, Clan of the Cats, Looking for Group, Girl Genius, General Protection Fault, xkcd, School for Adventurers, Tales of Pylea, Tales of Mu, The Phoenix Requiem. Yeah, it's gotten out of hand. I can't keep track of that many storylines at once!
Six things I could never do without
Love, affection, and playfulness;
A furry friend by my side; perhaps also a female friend?
Cats, compassion, computers, kindness, cosmology, curiosity,
and also alliteration.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The future. Not so much what it'll be like, but how we're going to get there, for some future that is worth getting to.
On a typical Friday night I am
Lately, I've been reading a lot and watching Netflix. There is room for improvement here.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Some people sing in the shower. I sing while riding my bike. If I'm reasonably alone :)

I haven't noticed any flowers wilting in my wake, so I'm not too worried. Once, I did get some cheers and applause. No accounting for taste, eh?
You should message me if
You are intelligent, like the outdoors, and enjoy new challenges, or are simply curious/inquisitive.
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