56 Cambridge, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a professional freelance writer who's smart, creative, funny, and deceptively normal-looking on the outside but engagingly unconventional on the inside. I'm also something of a paradoxical mix of hardened skeptic and starry-eyed romantic...I love science and value rationality, yet I'm fascinated by the human impulses toward religion and spirituality and fantasy. Random notes: I love music, movies, books, all animals with fewer than six legs, long-distance driving, autumn, long walks, the desert, the mountains, the night sky, and oh yeah, chocolate. I hate fundamentalism and doctrinaire thinking of any stripe, hot weather, evil monolithic corporations, football, and mushrooms. I'd like to find someone who's intelligent, first and foremost...honest always, funny most of the time, serious when it matters most, silly when it doesn't, and warm all the time.

I am wry, intellectual, and calming.
What I’m doing with my life
Trying to make the world safe for rationality and creativity. (Usually I leave the cape and tights at home.)
I’m really good at
Writing. Listening. Empathizing. Trivia questions about old SF movies and TV shows. Playing classical guitar at a semi-mediocre level.
The first things people usually notice about me
Umm...I don't know. Usually they don't notice me unless I'm trying to be noticed, and my tactics for that depend on the situation.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
A favorites list would be way too long, and anyway, should be the sort of subject discussed and argued over in person. In reading, with some exceptions, I tend more toward nonfiction of various types, mostly history, science, and various stuff I read for professional purposes and research. Other random selections: Movies/TV: Blade Runner; all of Kubrick; all of Michael Mann; The Dark Knight; MI-5; The Thick of It; Sherlock; Miami Vice; Homicide: Life On the Street; The Prisoner; Babylon 5. Music: Everything from Bach to Arvo Part to R.E.M. to Radiohead to Brian Eno to Reverend Horton Heat to Warren Zevon to Johnny Cash to Social Distortion to Loreena McKennitt to...well, too much to list, really. Easier to just show you my iPod.
The six things I could never do without
Music, books, MST3K, chocolate, women, the night sky, my friends. (Yeah, that's seven things. So I broke the rules. I do that for my friends, because they're more important to me than arbitrary restrictions.)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Whether I'm actually going to be able to meet the deadline for my new book project...
On a typical Friday night I am
If not hanging out at a bookstore, concert, or movie with any number of geeky friends, probably sitting at the back table of a coffee shop, reading/writing/thinking.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
What, are you crazy? Admit anything private on the freaking Internet?? Sorry, some things are still best done the old-fashioned way, i.e. in person.
You should message me if
...you know what MST3K stands for. You know the source of my screen name, Exeter. You're smart, intellectual, artistic, creative, and/or play a stringed instrument. (Especially a bowed instrument. I dunno, I have a thing about women who play bowed instruments.)
And incidentally, please note that none of these are nonnegotiable requirements, as some people seem to think.