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My self-summary
I like to think of myself as a weird mix of things, often incongruous with each other. I work as a programmer in the game industry, love playing games of all types, and enjoy reading for pleasure, especially nonfiction. And yet, despite all those nerdy hobbies I still enjoy playing and watching sports, trying out new foods and beers, and sometimes hanging out in a bar or dance club. And on top of all that, I enjoy art and music, and often try dabbling in them, mostly writing. I care strongly about politics, but recognize that sometimes you have to just be willing to live life rather than letting yourself be completely destroyed by things you can't control.

As far as historically, I am from a mixed race, military family from the South. The smart sensitive one who had to travel West to find a place to blossom, and here I am in Seattle, hoping not to leave such a great place.
What I’m doing with my life
My focus for 2013 is picking up a lot of the little habits I've wanted to maintain but have failed to in the past. I'm tired of being overweight and out of shape, so I am pushing myself to exercise daily and keep a good diet. I've done good so far (12 lbs!), and I intend to keep going. It's reinvigorated my love of cooking, and I'm eager to find good but simple recipes.

I've just started work at Amazon after being in the contractor doldrums for so long. Its culture has meshed well with my personality, I think I've may have found a place to stay for a good long time.

I have a lot of creative ideas for personal projects like writing things to self-publish, and learning to draw, and creating my own video game, and I'm focused on seeing those come to fruition.

I have many fun things to let steam out in my life, like my fanatical support of the Sounders, killing paper monsters with my friends, and curling up with the Internet or a book. So honestly, it's pretty good right now.

I'm both loved and hated as a keeper/referee in rec soccer.
I’m really good at
My number one best skill is learning things quickly, and gaining a high-level understanding of things. It's what I'm paid for, and luckily for me I usually enjoy doing it.

Yeah, that's nerdy, but it's true. I also tend to be a caring calm person, the one who is making sure everyone is having a safe good time at a party, and trying to promote group happiness rather promoting himself.

I feel like I've got a good balance between being practical and idealistic, and that's important to have.
The first things people usually notice about me
I am a quiet person, especially out of one-on-one situations. I greatly operate on the idea of remaining quiet and thought a fool rather than speaking and removing all doubt. I also feel that listening is the first step to learning, so when being in a group, I'd rather take in all I can to assure myself I understand what's going on than pontificate mindlessly.

But despite that, I can and will talk your ear off if you let me.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
This section is long. Skim it.

My favorite books of all time are these comic introductions to various political and philosophical ideas, like Larry Gonick's Cartoon History of the Universe. I also pick up psychology and neurology books often because I hope to understand this weird computer I'm using better. Last one I read of this was Your Brain's Happy Chemicals, which helped me better understand what makes us happy through examining the way that certain neurotransmitters respond to life's events.

For fiction, I sometimes grab badly written self-published smut about gay werewolves and their dragon lovers, and I sometimes try to take interesting novels with philosophical overtones. Last I read like that was Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, which Bladerunner was based on. Camus's The Stranger or Sartre's Nausea is perhaps the best examples of the fiction that grabs me. I'm also slowly making my way through Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe books, noir classics.

I don't watch movies or TV that often, I often would rather do something a bit more interactive like reading or video games. That said, I particularly like Cohen Brothers films, especially The Big Lebowski. I like movies that make me think, romances like The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, or dramas like Brick. But I also like the silly and over the top sometimes like Mel Brooks movies, or very recently, 21 Jump Street. But comedy is preferred. The same goes for TV, The Wire being one of my favorite series I actually managed to get through, as well as House. Law & Order works for this, too.

Music wise, I mostly listen to electronic music that I can use as a background for working, particularly triphop like Thievery Corporation, IDM like Aphex Twin, and sometimes chiptunes. I have really been enjoying minimalist classical right now like John Cage and John Adams, too. I've been listening to more hip hop mostly mainstream guys with interesting production like Kanye West and Lupe Fiasco.

My not-so dark secret musically is that there's a lot of "bad" music I love. Pop like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, the Black Eyed Peas. Terrible techno like happy hardcore or dubstep. Sappy hit rock like Journey, Smashmouth, Aerosmith.

I delve back down into the indie and rock I used to listen to more in high school and college like old Weezer and stuff, and my favorite from that time is Electric Six, who are funny as shit. I just get distracted by vocals, so I don't listen as often as I did.

In short, I pick music that can serve as a soundtrack to a movie or game. Even if it's old jazz like Miles Davis or big band tunes like Louis Prima, or musical pieces like Jesus Christ Superstar.

OK, for games, I like simple, but deep board and card games like Settlers of Catan (but not actually Settlers) or Arkham Horror, or Dominant Species. My top fave like this is Coloretto, and Small World was pretty good. I do play my share of sports games, and have played a great deal of Halo 4 recently, but I tend to like adventure games or games with adventure elements like Sam & Max, Silent Hill, L. A. Noire, Phoenix Wright. I'm a sucker for puzzles in games like Fez. I also like Roguelikes including variations like Spelunky and FTL. I play text adventures now and then, and will write one. I like turn based strategy like Civilization or X-Com too. Puzzle games like Tetris, Lumines, or Super Puzzle Fighter grab me too. I used to play more JRPGs like Final Fantasy, but I've found it hard to put time into them and balance work.

Whew! This section is so long and dumb, but hopefully you find some media in there that interest you.
Six things I could never do without
Reading - Levar Burton got me twice as high as a butterfly in the sky, and now I'm addicted. But you don't have to take my word for it.

People - For quite a while, I considered myself an introvert. But as I begin thinking about it, I really do like people. They keep things interesting.

Nature - I've had a persistent fantasy about nature overgrowing human structures. Imagine ivy covered buildings, animals running through streets. Kinda cool, eh? But thinking of that...

Cities - Some people like to travel often to expose themselves to new things. I would rather have a good city that has a lot of things, and is growing and changing itself.

Sleep - I like it. I may not be a viking there, but it's still relaxing.

Thought - You'll have to pry my brain cells from my cold dead skull. Which I guess is pretty much what will happen eventually.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Everything. In particular, I'm trying to spend time examining my bad habits and disappointments and finding ways to change them. I also like putting the snatches of information together into a wider world view, understanding how gaming relates to learning which relates to fun which relates to identity which relates to freedom which relates to capitalism, and so on and so on.
On a typical Friday night I am
Usually relaxing at home, but of course there are small parties and soccer games and stuff that call me out. I tend to need some self-time when the weekend rolls along particularly after work.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
While my three-year pissing contest champion is interesting, it's not really that private.

I guess that I think I'm not weird enough, and I should be weirder.
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