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My self-summary
I have recently become a Nerdfighter. If you know what that is, I feel like it's a shortcut for the rest of this, so I edited my profile to add that. If you don't know what that is, watch the Vlogbrothers on YouTube right now (or don't, but, I mean, you kinda have to enjoy that for us to be compatible).

I'm a huge geek, and quite comfortable with that. It's not like I wear a pocket protector or anything, I just like to do geeky things, and I have no shame about it. I have considered trying to do research on the side and get a scientific paper published, just for kicks, for example. Or, for another glimpse at my personality: I often have parties at which we play Rock Band, using software some friends and I wrote to make sure everyone plays all the instruments. If you wouldn't consider yourself a geek, you'd better at least be more than just "fine" with the fact that I'm quite a geek myself. This is quite a thing to me; if you're "fine" with me being a geek, that implies you find something wrong with it, and I'm not "fine" with that finding. You don't have to wait in line for the next big geek movie with me, but you should probably come see it at least one of the times I see it.

I'm passionately liberal. I was an Obama delegate to the TX state convention in 2008. If you voted for McCain and Caribou Barbie or Mitt and that Ayn Rand character, chances are we wouldn't get along.

I'm also an atheist. If you're looking for the guy God has planned for you, trust me, you should keep looking. It's not that I'm intolerant of religious people, I just don't think dating one would make a lot of sense. If, for example, I ever have kids, I don't want them to be taught to be afraid of the sky giant. I've read it. It's an interesting piece of literature, but it's full of horrible, horrible things. Move on.

I am geeky, happy, and comfortable.
What I’m doing with my life
I work for a company that makes educational media and online homework. Mostly what I do is design software and do chemistry homework. My title is now "Director of Innovation," which is to say, I love my life.
I’m really good at
cooking, but I'd like to be better. I didn't really try at all until someone pointed out (pre-Alton Brown) that cooking was like working in a lab, which I was doing at the time. I hated the working in a lab thing, but kept up with the cooking. I really want to take some classes to actually get *really* good at it.

I'm currently reading Molecular Gastronomy by Hervé This (the guy who coined the term), and it's changing my life. I'm going to have to buy a sous vide immersion circulator thingy now. Update: I have one! But I don't use it nearly often enough!
The first things people usually notice about me
I honestly have no idea. I guess right now it's probably my pre-emptively shaved bald head (take that, Mother Nature! You can't make me bald, I already did!)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Lord of the Rings, The Great Gatsby, The Android's Dream, The Fault In Our Stars.

Movies: LA Story, Star Wars, Memento, The Avengers.

Music: Sting, Tanya Donelly, Dr. Horrible, Fratellis, Regina Spektor.

TV: Maddow, Daily Show, Colbert, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. SHIELD is the only TV show I watch on TV.

Podcasts (these are what killed TV for me): Radiolab, This American Life, Planet Money, 99 Percent Invisible.

Food: All, but Indian food is my current favorite. My favorite thing is to eat something I haven't tried, though. I also have an off-menu taco named for me at Tacodeli (the Jon the Geek Portabella Mole, soooo delicious).

Pet: Dogs, but I like (or at least tolerate) all animals. Westley (the Dread Puppy Roberts) cemented this preference in May 2012, and he is made of awesome.

Muppet: Animal.

YouTube Channel/Community: Vlogbrothers

Holiday: Fall Backoween.
Six things I could never do without
The Interwebs (sad, I know, but I went nuts when I visited my family in Michigan and couldn't get a wireless signal on my phone)
My glasses
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What the world will be like when we all have direct access to Google through chips in our brain. How much more could we learn if we could focus on applications and really grokking things, since we'd have all the basic facts available at all times? And, importantly, what will happen to bar trivia?
On a typical Friday night I am
Figuring out a way to make that particular Friday atypical.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have often considered teaching myself to juggle with my toes.
You should message me if
you're at least a little bit of a geek. Or you're at least interesting in some way.
The two of us