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My self-summary
I have a herdlet of cats. They're wrastlin' and cuddly and generally high-quality specimens, except that they've acquired the habit of headbutting me when they want affection. If you think this sounds cute, imagine that it's happened 58 times already today.

I live in a small socialist republic. Everyone knows everyone, and fourth-generation residents are not uncommon.

I like scrambling up steep trails.

I bake multi-tier, brightly-colored Seusslike cakes from scratch.

I am whimsical, sarcastical, and a beaming dandelion.

I am whimsical, sarcastical, and a beaming dandelion
What I’m doing with my life
Programming, databasing, making jewelry, melting glass, and herding cats. I have a bike covered in beads and bells and a bike helmet decked out with foam flowers and pipe cleaners which I use to cause consternation among the local teenage population.

Flipping switches on the circuit breaker trying to find out whether the circuit I want to put my kiln on has sufficient amperage.

Trying new things like skiing, flying planes, blowing glass, and getting in that wet stuff without drowning.

Causing people to have strange dreams. For example, "I had a dream last night in which you wrote a play consisting entirely of characters who were anthropomorphized plumbing parts. The lead was a hot-water spigot.

Leaving myself cryptic notes in cookbooks. I was looking for a cake recipe in Death by Chocolate Cake and found a post-it note: "Layers are too thin (skipped fluffer)." Fluffer? What?
I’m really good at
Fourth normal form!

Query tuning.

Acquiring new hobbies.
The first things people usually notice about me
I don't talk to people who are just noticing me for the first time (eek, strangers!), so they think I don't like them when really I'm just inspecting them.

At least (well, exactly) one person has noted, though not upon first sight, that I am a "blue-haired pan of foxyness fresh out of the server room". Or at least, I was referred to that way in a hypothetical proposition.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I like hard science fiction and random books about economics and moustaches. Sometimes I like popular fluff like Dan Brown; he spins enjoyably complex yarns (which are then made into truly ghastly movies). Neal Stephenson rocks my world, and Neil Gaiman can stay, too. I listened to the Time Traveler's Wife, and it made me cry. Don't tell anybody; I have a tough exterior to maintain.

Radio: Yes, I'm inserting my own sections. My favorite podcasts are To the Best of Our Knowledge and This American Life. When I run out of those, I have a selection of other NPR productions, various Mac-related news thingies, and an obscure music discovery show.

Movies: My memory is not indexed for random access. I need a search term, but I will attempt to answer this (ow! ow! table scan!). I was muchly entertained by the Triplets of Belleville, and the theme song sends me skipping around the house, snapping my fingers wildly. Again, our little secret, okay? I love The Princess Bride and Star Wars, of course. I like Hackers, much to the dismay of my geekier friends. I enjoyed Amelie and Real Genius. Audrey Hepburn movies are just too cute for words. I love the TVization of PG Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster.

Music: People claim the breadth of my music collection and the fact that I listen to it all randomized together makes them dizzy. Random sampling: Paris Combo, Clare Fader, The Magnetic Fields and various other incarnations of Stephen Merritt, Kirsty MacColl, Moxy Fruvous, The Rankin Family, MC Honky, The Dandy Warhols, the Postal Service, Tom Waits, and The Chromatics (NASA Goddard's a cappella group).

Food: Chicken in coconut cream sauce at the local Burmese restaurant (and shweji, of course, but that goes without saying). Lattes. The Lebanese Taverna (mmmm, food in warm pitas). Organic burritos. Agave nectar (in the lattes -- not as a refreshing thirst-quencher, though it would make a decent substitute for Gu).

Comics: You should read xkcd. Go on, you didn't really need to accomplish anything today. You have time to get through the whole archive if you start now.
Six things I could never do without
The internet, indoor plumbing, pants, a Camelbak. Apple products.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Moving to Canada. Or northern California. Or Vermont. Or the Isle of Man. Someplace where the temperature never breaks 80 degrees.

Quitting my job to be an artist. So far I'm settling for keeping my job and being an artist though, because I like having health insurance and being able to pay my mortgage.
On a typical Friday night I am
Bringing down parts of the production system so that I have less to do to take it all the way offline in the morning. How did I get stuck with all this 5am Saturday database maintenance?

Finding probabilities based on a hypergeometric distribution of refrigerators that make high-pitched, oscillating noises.

Processing photos and posting new work on my website.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I hate computers. My cat growls when the mail comes. My favorite part of pizza is the crust.
You should message me if
You have a dewar so we can make liquid nitrogen ice cream.

You're my specific dream rabbit.

Composing your message in some form of structured verse increases the likelihood that I will look well upon it.
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