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My self-summary
Born in Nevada, but my first memories are from California. High school in Illinois. College in Boston and Pittsburgh. Three chip/hardware startups in Silicon Valley. I finally decided to stop dreaming about big scores, so I sold out and now work at Google. But all of that's mostly irrelevant because...
What I’m doing with my life
the point of working is to fund my hobbies. I've been in nearly 30 live theatre productions in the last 12 years. I play several instruments badly and I'd like to get better. To fill time when these aren't enough, I have four bookcases of mostly fiction and another four bookcases of mostly board games. I'd like to travel more, but I'm not a big fan of traveling alone, so that's where meeting new people comes in.
I’m really good at
doing things repeatedly in order to get them perfect. Try my sourdough bread!
The first things people usually notice about me
"Your face is naked!" (I shaved for a play.)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I tried for the longest time to not have absolute favorites. Then I realized that was pompous (nowadays it would be called hipster) and gave in.

Little, Big replaced The Once and Future King at the top book spot several years ago. If I think you'll like it, I will give you your own copy of Bridge of Birds. I like heavily philosophical SF, such as Iain M. Banks, Connie Willis, and Samuel Delaney, as well as non-traditional fantasy, such as Neil Gaiman, Italo Calvino, and Glen Cook. Since Quentin Tarantino recommended him, I also have a full shelf of Elmore Leonard.

I'm a nut for movies about the creative process, and have seen Adaptation, Shakespeare In Love, and Tristram Shandy a dozen times each, followed by Barton Fink, 24 Hour Party People, and Looking For Richard. At the other end, weirdly, I really like crime and con games, including The Spanish Prisoner, The Sting, Snatch, Reservoir Dogs, and Gosford Park. Somewhere in the middle are Pi, Amelie, Down With Love, Fight Club, Lola Rennt, Groundhog Day, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

I tend to watch all of my TV on Youtube and Netflix, so lately it's been dominated by Whose Line Is It Anyway and QI, as well as DVDs of Seinfeld.

Music? O let me count the ways. I'm happy that my brother's kids have kept me up to date on Garbage, Daft Punk, Paramore, Tool, and Cake. I have recently been reliving my teenage years (U2, Van Halen, The Fixx, J. Geils Band, Run DMC) via Pandora. I've realized that by only listening to pop radio during those years I was missing out on Prog Rock, so I've been backfilling Yes, Rush, The Flower Kings, King Crimson, Genesis, and of course Pink Floyd. Since the Internet, I've been really amazed by mashups, including A Night at the Hip Hopera (, Kutiman (, and Madeon ( For live music I'm always up for blues and jazz, and I'm trying to get to Amnesia and Rasella's as often as possible.
Six things I could never do without
the next novel from my to-read stack
a checklist of things I really should be doing, which I'm ignoring
mtn dew
a good night's sleep
a deck of cards
a song stuck in my head
On a typical Friday night I am
on stage.
You should message me if
you already know how to play Settlers of Catan.
The two of us