44Somerset, United States
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My self-summary
Engineer and industrial artist, atheist, humanist, feminist, some-time transhumanist. roleplaying/board gamer looking for new connections and new experiences. Comfortably stable, married and partnered, polyamorous and open to new relationships and experiences.
What I’m doing with my life
Seeking to stimulate my brain and expand my horizons by learning new skills, meeting new people, and having new experiences.

Building fun toys, robots, pieces of art, or useful tools in my workshop. I like to work with found materials and recycled parts, sometimes spending hours at surplus shops and junkyards looking for interestingly shaped pieces of metal or useful mechanical bits. My most recent major project was to build a 3D printer of my own design from scratch, which in addition to being a fun project has given me a new tool to make things with.

I go to few conventions each year. GenCon and MakerFaire NYC are the main ones, but I also go to most of the local Jeff Mach events like Wicked Faire and GKE. When the weather cooperates, I like to go to local pick-you-own farms for berries, apples, or other produce.
I’m really good at
Visualizing spaces and how objects fit together in them. This is useful not just for designing machines or laying out circuit boards, but for more mundane tasks like arranging furniture in a room or packing a suitcase for a long trip.

Related to the above skill, putting things together. Visualizing the parts of a machine and how to arrange them to make it work. Looking at a machine and seeing how the pieces fit together, and repairing what is broken.

Cooking! Cookies are my specialty, but I’m also good with dinners, especially those requiring a lot of prep work and setup, like brining a turkey or roasting an entire leg of lamb. I learned this skill out of necessity, when my wife was bed-ridden for months, but then realized that I love to cook. I’m not very good at working without a recipe, I like to research recipes and document everything I’m doing and how well it turned out. I treat cooking like a scientific endeavor, experimenting with recipes and recording what works.
The first things people usually notice about me
Big round face with a big smile to match.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
For novels, I like anything by Terry Pratchett or Lois McMaster Bujold and other similar fantasy and science fiction books. Lately I’ve been reading more nonfiction - books about science, about engineering, about history, or about all three at once.

Most recent book read was The Martian by Andy Weir.

I don’t go to see very many movies in the theater anymore. The few I do see are mostly escapist science fiction or fantasy movies. Wreck-it Ralph was the last movie I saw that I really enjoyed. I also really loved The Avengers.

I also don’t watch much TV anymore. I haven’t even switched our TV set on in months, nearly anything I want to watch I can watch online. I used to watch Mythbusters every week, until they ran out of ideas for myths to test. I do watch some educational shows, national geographic shows like Frozen Planet especially. I really loved the series Inside Nature’s Giants, though I admit it’s not a show for the squeamish.

I've recently become hooked on Welcome to Night Vale. Other podcasts I listen to are Polyamory Weekly, This week in Virology, Skeptoid, and Critical Hit.

I don’t have very well-defined tastes in music, I usually just listen to whatever is on. I do like progressive rock, especially Rush, and I don’t like jazz at all.

I have a real taste for spicy Asian food. Thai, Indian, Polynesian, Korean BBQ, and Chinese especially when it’s authentic and spicy. I love sushi, especially when the wasabi is really sharp. There are also some really good fusion restaurants that my I like. I also like good authentic Mexican food, but it’s hard to find that around here.

I like good Hawaiian coffee, dark with no sugar or cream. I like dark chocolate, especially flavored with something interesting like chili, salt, toffee, or bacon.

I am not vegetarian, but I have enough vegetarian friends now that I've been learning to cook vegetarian and vegan meals.
Six things I could never do without
My wife. I couldn’t run my life without her these days.

A warm home with electricity and internet connection.

A good mechanical pencil, and a pad for sketching ideas.

My laptop, I do so many things with it.

Stuff I use on my laptop- Python for scripting projects, useful or just fun, and Autocad for designing things I’m going to build.

Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, or OkCupid. These are how I keep in touch with most of my friends these days.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Projects I’m working on, and projects I’d like to work on. Designs for robotics or electronic artwork that I’m working on for sale or for demo at an upcoming convention. Upgrades for my 3D printer, and what I’m going to print with it next. Also, the state of automated manufacturing and rapid prototyping technology, and where it’s likely to go in the future.

Cooking I’m going to do, ambitious recipes I want to try to tackle. Planning dinners, and figuring out if I can or need to invite a friend over to try a recipe I’m really proud of.

Whether or not I could make a better profile by just taking all the profiles from other people with similar interests and running them through a Markov chain random text generator.
On a typical Friday night I am
These days I'm most often designing and printing art or toys on my 3D printer. Over the last year this has gone from a hobby to a second job as my designs have been published in Make magazine and I have started selling them online.

Sometimes there will be a group outing to see a new movie with friends. I’m getting to old to do the midnight on Thursday viewings of newly opening movies now, seeing weekend opening movies on Friday night instead. I really like the new Cinema Suites theaters, with the cushioned recliner seats and the menu of overpriced food,

My wife has a chronic pain which among other symptoms causes her muscles to lock up painfully. Every Friday (and Tuesday) is massage night, when I spend an hour massaging her and helping her stretch so she can move again.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder, which I do take daily medication for. The main effect of this is to make it hard for me to keep my mind on one task, or to remember things that I was supposed to do. Occasionally it’s really useful, when I’ll become obsessed with a project and work on it, often neglecting other aspects of my life. It’s a mixed blessing.
You should message me if
You want to talk and get to know me better.

You have an idea for an interesting project you want to collaborate on.

Or if you just want to try some pretty good home-baked cookies.
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