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My self-summary
Polyamorous polymath seeks partner in crime? That should probably be something less glib and pretentious, but I can't resist the alliteration. Like everyone else, I hate writing these things.

I used to be known for my relentless collection of new hobbies. Over the last few years I've settled down somewhat and have been focusing almost entirely on metalwork in the service of kinetic-sculpture-ish projects. Past adventures have included atlatls, filmmaking, copper smelting, freefall robotics and canoeing arctic rivers. Other than that I'm yet another introverted geek with an academic computer background.

I've been married for 11 years, poly for 12. I was originally reluctant to open up the relationship, but now I can't imagine it any other way.
What I’m doing with my life
I've been doing a lot of work on my electro-mechanical/steampunk/kinetic sculpture portfolio. It's the kind of thing I'd like to do a lot more of, if only I could find more people to pay me for it. Some of it is made with Burning Man in mind, and some of it is just plain inexplicable. The best can be found at

(And I do test engineer work for a computer-vision metrology firm. It's pretty decent for a day job. If nothing else, I really enjoy working in an environment where 5 microns can be a very big error!)
I’m really good at
Obsessively diving into new projects. Or maybe I should say, I'm very bad at not being involved in at least one major project at all times.
The first things people usually notice about me
My long hair. And possibly the fact that I'm taking something apart.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Favorite Authors:
Vernor Vinge, Charles Stross, Ken MacLeod, Greg Egan, Lois McMaster Bujold, Neal Stephenson, Diane Duane, Tamora Pierce, Robert Pirsig, Herman Hesse, Jane Austen, Leo Tolstoy

Lots of SF, obviously. I have a particular weakness for crazy post-human singularity fiction. Lots of non-fiction: linguistics, cartography, urban design/public transit, sailing, history of science, history of technology, history of anything, machining lore...

Favorite TV:
Sandbaggers, Time Team, Doctor Who, Scrapheap Challenge, Daria, Community

Favorite Movies:
If...., Grosse Pointe Blank, Real Genius, Hackers, 2010, Pump Up the Volume, The Breakfast Club, Seven Samurai

Favorite Music:
Violent Femmes, Depeche Mode, The Decemberists, The Who, Dresden Dolls

Beyond those, I guess the mean of my musical distribution centers on 90s alternative. But the variance is very high, making for a fairly eclectic collection. And I'm kind of a sucker for catchy pop.

Favorite Food:
Thai -- always and forever Thai. But coming from a social group of very picky eaters, I'm a dedicated omnivore out of self-preservation. And I'll try anything once.
Six things I could never do without
Opposable thumbs.
An internet connection.
A pocketknife/multitool.
A book to read.
A good hat.
...and one other thing left in reserve.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Technical details of whatever project I'm currently working on. As I write this, I'm working on a process to take tessellated 3D models, "unfold" them using a Japanese papercraft program, get the resulting shapes cut out of plate steel with a CNC waterjet system, and weld them into objects.

The effect of science and industry on society and morality since the Industrial Revolution, and where it is likely to go in the future. (AKA, applied science fiction.)

The history of technological development -- I have a long-term goal of completely bootstrapping a copper smelt starting with sticks and rocks. I've done some bits of it (flintknapping, atlatl practice, 3 practice copper smelts) but I still have a long way to go.
On a typical Friday night I am
Out in the shop, throwing sparks and making chips. Or curled up with a loved one, watching a movie. Or playing board games with friends.
The two of us