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My self-summary
I'm originally a rural kind of guy, now living in the big scary city. I repair and remake whatever I can get my hands on with welders, sewing machines, hammers, and shovels. I go off on intellectual tangents if it looks like the people around me are as interested as I am. I am involved with the bicycle on many levels. And I love marmots, with all of their goofy nonchalance.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm working with other designers to create amazing and useful things. (somewhere between a turtlenecked designer and a polo-shirted engineer.) Presently this involves building flying robotic wind turbines to solve the energy crisis. It's a solid job and I love what I do.
Growing garlic, potatoes, and sunchokes. Making art as much as possible. Making comics.
I spend a fair amount of time camping by bike with friends around the Bay Area. There are quite a few destinations within a day or two of bike and train that are great camping/cooking/guitaring/groupgaming/hidefromtherain spots. there's really nothing like a rolling community of bubbly bikers stopping ten times a day for a mobile feast of smoked trout, homemade kimchi, watermelon, and bruised avocado.
I also live in a co-op with eight great people, with whom I share dinners, conversation, and the occasional house party.
I’m really good at
I'm fair to middlin' at cooking, repairing just about anything, listening to people with a sincere ear, and returning phone calls. And being on time. In the Bay Area of all places!
The first things people usually notice about me
I have a lightning-bolt-shaped scar on my forehead. I dress kind of haphazardly, but I clean up well. As far as facial hair is concerned, my body is a playground and I will most certainly change things up from month to month. Presently: regrowing my beard since Halloween.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I don't need to core-dump a list of every media I've ever experienced, so here are the ones that have an important place in my life:

A Primate's Memoir by Robert Sapolsky. I took his class on behavioral biology that informs my view of human nature better than anything else out there.
The Finder series. Carla Speed McNiell is a comic book artist with some amazing skills, and uses several structural tricks that have helped my own work.
Always Coming Home evokes the atmosphere and landscape of my childhood.
National Geographic Magazine. I read it for the articles.
Safe Area Gorazde. A terrifying view behind the thin facade of civilization.
Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills. Knots!
A good atlas. Mostly so I can make stupid puns about Djibouti.
Understanding Comics. If you're any kind of artist, this is a great breakdown of the artistic process.
Anything by Neal Stephenson.
The Talking Heads. My life soundtrack from birth.
Yossou N'Dour
Crosby, Stills, Nash, and even sometimes Young.
Cory Doctorow in any format. For The Win gave me chills.
The Whole Earth Catalog, and its internet-era successor, Boing Boing.

I have an illustration on howfuckingromantic.wordpress.com, a collection of illustrations of Magnetic Fields songs - though you won't know which one is mine until you know my name...

From time to time I'll fire up the pen-and-ink neurons and create a small comic book. It's a fun medium to work in, a great multimodal method of telling a story. I know it will never be an income for me, but it's a good way to sustain an artistry that isn't just about the income.
Six things I could never do without
Family, sunny days, my Opinel, wilderness, and good libraries. Libraries are this amazing free resource that the community shares for the intellectual enrichment of all society. The whole idea is a wonderful counterpoint to a culture that so often wraps itself in selfishness and mistrust.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
food, metric equivalents of fractional inches, baboons, international conflict, why Boeing is advertising military refueling planes on OKCupid, biology and epidemiology, historical context, patterns, energy efficiency, and business ideas.
On a typical Friday night I am
...but on a Tuesday night I am not.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My brother is adopting a hawk.
You should message me if
You understand that you're going to see me in my worst social situation if we go on a date. I make close friends very slowly, and that seems to come across as something standoffish when I'm on a date. I've never refined the technique of acting open and casual with someone I've barely met. If we end up going on more than one date, just know that there's a real reason I'm interested in you even if I don't show it yet.
That said, I've really enjoyed meeting some of the women on this site. I'm looking forward to whatever strangeness may ensue...
The two of us