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.
Still figuring some of it out, actually. How to balance the techie stuff that pays the bills while questing for knowledge and understanding.
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!
A furry friend by my side; perhaps also a female friend?
Cats, compassion, computers, kindness, cosmology, curiosity,
and also alliteration.
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?