I am curious, whimsical, and watching.
Preparing for what will hopefully transform into family life; trying to listen carefully to my dates to make that happen. Not taking blather like this too seriously. :-)
Blending. There's a choir technique in which you can sense the size of the room, and how the air reverberates through it, and adjust your production to provide support or correct what other singers are doing. The process of doing this actually encourages the other singers to do the same thing, and after an initial training envelope almost any group of people can do this. It's also done at the end of lots of yoga classes. I get feedback at work that I'm a good listener and excellent at taking feedback. There's something about incorporating what's happening around me, thinking critically, and subtly making it better that I really like.
Navigating. I like looking at maps and mentally tracking where we are going relative to where we've been. I prepare for trips by drawing a map of where we're going beforehand, and try to imagine what we will need and is likely to happen ahead of time.
Whistling. Wow do I love whistling. I believe by far this is the best thing I do.
Odd noises. I make them. I whistle and hum and click in a variety of ways. Sometimes I sound like Yoda.
The hats. I wear funny hats.
My insulin pump. I have type 1 diabetes, use an insulin pump, and pursue a rather aggressive treatment plan. Most people think it's a pager, which makes them surprisingly suspicious of me. I write software on the side to help myself manage things, which hopefully will benefit lots of people. I spend a lot of time thinking about this, and against my initial desires it's become an overarching theme in life.
I'm slow to speak and often quiet, and prefer listening to you while we're doing something together, so it helps if you're quite talkative. :-)
I watch a lot of TED talks and sometimes follow up with papers and specs if they're interesting. I haven't read many books lately. When I curl up with a book in bed, I just fall asleep. However, I loved Snowcrash and friends, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and lots of other fiction and fantasy when I was a kid. These days most reading is on a screen of some kind, and most of it is rather utilitarian. This makes me a bit sad; when I was growing up, there was a phase where I was paid for every book I read, followed by another phase where I was told to stop reading and do my homework, already.
Fantasy these days comes from the likes of Battlestar Galactica. Recently saw most of Deadwood and liked it. I've watched Shopgirl and Boondock Saints multiple times each.
I'm not a vegetarian or anything, but I love lentils and quinoa. I try to align my tastes with what is good for me.
How to sublimate compassion in engineering, how to communicate more effectively, how to focus on what needs to be done. ;-)
On doing and the nature of practice:
prassein - means to get a goal through removing obstacles. The doing of things in such a way as to affect the actor. The effect of the things produced affects the actor. Often through repetition.
prattein - pragmatic handling of stuff
poiein , poiesis - a maker of a type of stuff, to make or do stuff. Fueled by a drive to do so. A clock maker makes clocks, a poet makes verses, a baker makes cakes, a hacker writes code, and a painter paints because they must. They continue to do it again and again the process of which produces increasingly refined stuff. The natural concrete stuff made throughout the practice of a craft. Bibliopoesy - maker of books.
poietai - to lead into creation, ephemeral... to make bread or music.
praktikoi - to make permanent, babies, building, fruit of tree?
Tea would be fine in the mean time. I might even play ukulele while we chat.