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My self-summary
You will always get a straight, if tactful, answer out of me. It might be to a question you didn't ask, though.

I enjoy learning new things and I hope I never have to stop. Unless I run out of things to learn and have to start in on Britney Spears lyrics. Then I'd have to stop.

I like to go after anything I am interested in, so I have a large and varied list of hobbies. Lampworked glass, juggling, woodworking, music, cooking, and so on. No, I am not a circus clown, I promise!

I always try to laugh and joke, prefer a quiet pub to a loud dance floor, and prefer a good book to a football game, but I also like to get outside, exercise, and have a lot of fun. Sometimes I enjoy doing all of these at the same time.

I enjoy fine dining, travel, long drives with a friend, and all nighters on a couch watching every episode of the third season of Farscape curled up with someone special and a big bucket of popcorn.

I know a lot of people fudge things on profiles to try to make them more appealing. I don't see the point. What, you're going to meet someone and she's not going to notice you were off by a foot and fifty pounds? So please do not subtract the customary two inches from my height, or step down the normal two rungs on the Body Type scale. Your cooperation is appreciated.
What I’m doing with my life
I am a programmer that makes entertainment software, which is a slightly less nerdy way of saying "video games." I write the stuff that makes the things go boom and look good.

I enjoy traveling to places with more bugs and things that can kill you than people.

I try to improve myself by learning mostly useless skills and previously lost arts.

I make my own cheese.
I’m really good at
Listening, learning, and living.

Many things technical and many things abstract.

Balancing things on my nose, typically inanimate things. It annoys the dogs when I try to balance them.

Bending glass to my will! Now if I can only learn to make my will not marble shaped.

Brewing beer.

Drinking beer that other people have brewed, as long as it wasn't made with any quantity of rice. I am looking at you, Budweiser.

Making sausage.

Cooking a great steak.

Grasping new concepts that don't involve Britney Spears lyrics.

Reading technical books without the desire to stab out my brain.
The first things people usually notice about me
Doesn't everyone put "my eyes" here? Seriously though, they notice my eyes. That and the sudden blindness caused by the glare from my skull.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My playlist is eclectic. I have everything from Mozart to Metallica, Beethoven to Be (Pain of Salvation.) Classic rock tends to stick in my head, but I also really enjoy electronica and progressive rock or metal (Deadmau5, Daft Punk, Basshunter, Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree.) Oh, and Celtic music (Clandestine, Gaelic Storm.) And weird jazz (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.) And Primus. Okay, you probably get the point.

I don't watch a lot of TV, so I tend to come by the better shows on DVD after they have been canceled. Yes, this does make me part of the problem! Farscape, Firefly, I am so very sorry. I like a lot of sci fi like Battlestar Galactica (the new one, not the one where everyone looks like members of the Village People.) I also enjoy the Discovery Channel, but my favorite show is probably Top Chef on Bravo. Yes, it's something of a guilty pleasure. Other favorites include Buffy, CSI Manchester (ok, so they haven't quite gone that far yet,) Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, Dr. Who, The Soup, and Coupling. I have a dog named Dominar Rygel XVI. Really.

If I was forced to pick a favorite or three, Lord of the Rings, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Pulp Fiction, Desperado, the new Star Trek, The Invention of Lying, Princess Bride, Dangerous Liaisons, Bladerunner, Timer, Ichi the Killer, Imprint, Aliens, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and many others. I somehow managed to avoid using the word "eclectic" three times in this profile.

If I have a vice, it is fine dining. I like tasting menus with lots of courses where I have no idea what the chef is going to serve me. This means I try to avoid Don's Cricket Emporium. A really great burger can also be spectacular. I will try any sort of food except bananas. I have no idea why I don't like bananas. It's probably best not to delve. I also enjoy well crafted cocktails.

I enjoy classic literature, fantasy, sci fi, books on optics, physics, math, electronics, music, and more. Did I mention I love to learn? A small sampling of the authors I tend to enjoy are Stephen King, Larry Niven, Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, George R. R. Martin, Dean Koontz, David Eddings, Orson Scott Card, and Sir Terry Pratchett. For the especially nerdy types among you, I have a copy of the Dragon book and Knuth volumes 1-3 (third edition!) sitting on my desk. At home, not at work.

Oh, and Shiny Toy Guns. And Zox. And Bob Dylan.
Six things I could never do without
If on an airplane, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It's the best advice on flying I have ever heard.

If in a time machine, the remote recall button.

The sense to say "Why yes, I AM a god!" when asked if I am one by Gozer.

Dog slobber. Ok, I can technically live without this one; I just don't have a choice.

Coffee and beer. Even beer made with coffee. Since I'm a programmer, coffee is more a vitamin than an occasional stimulant. I'll admit to being a coffee and beer snob, but at least you know I won't chug a case of Bud and sing bad karaoke.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I have no idea where to start on this one, so I am not going to even try. I am very focused when I am solving a problem, but the rest of the time my mind is all over the place. Yes, sometimes it does go there. Okay, there too.
On a typical Friday night I am
I'm usually out at my favorite pub with friends, at home eating tacos and watching TV, curled up on the couch, or eating out someplace.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I enjoy the challenge of rising above the crowd. It is apparently my lifelong dream to become a dirigible.
You should message me if
You want to know why my dog has his name. It's even better if you already know why my dog has his name.

You get any of the references in my profile, or you want to get them.

You'd like to know what polyamory is, or what it is not.
The two of us