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My self-summary
This profile is long. Like... really long. Read it all at once, in chunks, or not at all. It's not like I'm going to have a test on it.

In a word: desenrascanço
In a verb: osmose
In a stereotype: geek
In a color: verdigris
In a smell: nag champa and sandalwood; cedar and petrichor

I'm an Agno-Deist pseudo-Christian, with strong Buddhist and Taoist influences.
Quaere summus veritae de omni.
Because I live in Utah I'll clarify: I am pretty straightedge, but not LDS.
I'm always open to opinions, ideas, and intelligent debate,
However, I honestly don't care that much about your religion, or lack thereof. Spirituality is pretty cool, and I like people who have a grounded sense of what's out there, but I'm not in any hurry to be saved. If these topics are important or enjoyable for you, I'd love to chat about it sometime. Just don't expect me to change for you.

Full disclosure: I'm an intellectual.
I happily drink words on pages like ancient wines from humble goblets. I langour in disappointingly rare moments of connection, between remarkably similar souls.
I am delighted to be distracted --if only temporarily-- from such human restrictions as time.
I crave information and experience; I have an insatiable hunger for knowledge, and rather than focusing on any one talent, I collect them. I love to create. Anything that I can do with my hands; anything that challenges me to think outside of the box. Unconventional is my routine.

I both scorn and cherish the complicated idiosyncrasies of the human condition, and actively celebrate life and all it has to offer. I fail more often than I'd like to admit, and sometimes I'm far too ambitious for my own good. The important part, I think, is that I try to do my best. In the end that's all anyone can really offer.
What I’m doing with my life
“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do and mostly Live.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

Finding new friends.
Working full time, and taking 12+ credits at school, so I'm sort of busy.
Building/maintaining/upgrading my car/bike/computers.
Running a Minecraft server for friends and family.
Building the foundations of my future goals, and convincing myself they're achievable.
Gardening, fishkeeping, and working toward being responsible enough to take care of something that needs attention more than a couple times a week.
Actively if not comically or tragically failing to come to terms with "being a grown up," and trying to define what that even means, in between bouts of deciding if I even care that much.
I’m really good at
"I have a sadness shield that keeps out all the sadness, and it’s big enough for all of us." —Max, Where The Wild Things Are

-Fixing things, or figuring out how to fix things.
-Listening, Hugs, and Snuggling
-Cooking, Photography, Writing
-Graphic Design/Photo-manipulation
-Breaking, and consequently upgrading or repairing, computers and machines of all kinds.
-Welding, Carpentry, and generally being handy.
-HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Bash, Python; I'm learning mySQL and C# right now.
The first things people usually notice about me
People usually comment about my eyes, and in the process, my exceptionally well developed eyelashes.
Lately people have been commenting on my smile a lot? I think it's goofy, and I hate it, but apparently it's very charming. Who knew.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I like to read, and with the arrival of my kindle I've begun to consume inordinate amounts of literature. Most recently this was Ready Player One, Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Book Store, and The Girl With All The Gifts. I casually read sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers, vampires, poetry, contemporary, historical fiction, and instructional non-fiction. I've read more Anne Rice, Orson Scott Card, and Douglas Adams than anything else, but I like plenty of others. Chuck Palahniuk, James Patterson, Paulo Coelho, Garth Nix, Neil Gaiman, John Green, J. K. Rowling, Cormac McCarthy, Dan Brown, Robert Ludlum,Christopher Paolini, Stieg Larsson, Clive Barker, Hemingway, Dickens, Twain, and Dahl to name a few.
I particularly appreciated American Gods, The Road, The Alchemist, and The Vampire Lestat.
I recently came to the realization that it would be impractical —if not impossible— to read more than a few thousand books in my life. There are some that I love so much, I've opted to read them more than once, at the expense of another book I'll never read. I was then completely horrified by the idea that I wasted four priceless book opportunities by reading Twilight.
If you're interested I have an atrociously incomplete profile on goodreads.

I'm definitely a self proclaimed cinematic aficionado. If it's on film, I enjoy it. I like horror, psychological thrillers, independent/experimental, drama, children's animation, and romantic comedy. I particularly enjoy anything by Tim Burton, Guillermo del Toro, Hitchcock, Tarantino, Hayao Miyazaki, Joss Whedon, Christopher Nolan, or Jim Henson, and anything with zombies.
My favorite movie in 2014 was probably Big Hero 6.
2015 was a three way tie between Inside Out, Force Awakens, and Age of Ultron.

My top ten, in no particular order (and this is nearly impossible to actually nail down, so if it seems like something deserves to be on here remind me and it probably will be):
Nightmare Before Christmas
The Labyrinth
Where The Wild Things Are
The Matrix/Inception (yes, I count these as the same movie)
The Book of Eli
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
Boondock Saints/Pulp Fiction(again, so similar I hate to choose just one)
Mary & Max
Honorable mentions go out to The Dark Crystal, My Neighbor Totoro, Pan's Labyrinth, Army of Darkness, The Birds, Some Like it Hot, North by Northwest, Short Circuit, Le Pacte des loups, Mirrormask, Stardust, The Butterfly Effect, Rubber, 28 days/weeks later, Interview With The Vampire, Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind,Big Fish, The Outsiders, The Professional (or pretty much anything with Jean Reno), The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption, O Brother Where Art Thou, Nick & Norah's infinite playlist (Or really anything with Michael Cera...), Little Miss Sunshine, It's kind of a funny story, Brick, The Chumscrubber, Harry Brown, Unleashed, all of the Saw movies, and anything with Ellen Page or Tony Jaa.

I don't actually watch a whole lot of tv, so we'll keep this short and sweet: CSI, House, Heroes, Lost, White Collar, Burn Notice, Eureka, Doctor Who, Futurama, Walking Dead, Dexter, Breaking Bad, Big Bang Theory, Brothers & Sisters, Orange is The New Black, Game of Thrones, Adventure Time, The Twilight Zone (the B&W ones), and The Daily Show.

I'm not sure where I would classify them in these lists, but I'm really in love with NPR, TED, vsauce, and vlogbrothers. I also think Laci Green is the bees knees.

I'm going to go ahead and give this it's own section. No, I'm not crazy or obsessed. I just prefer to recognize them as a separate medium. I'd include comics, but I've never really gotten into the western-style; the only exceptions being the fantastic east-meets-west Canadian baby, Scott Pilgrim, and the American-made Korean-illustrated Last Airbender and Legend of Korra. I'm also not including Miyazaki, because I already inclusively named his work in the movie section.
Samurai Champloo, Ruroni Kenshin, Samurai X, Steamboy, Full Metal Alchemist, FMA:Brotherhood, Air Gear, Ghost in The Shell, GiTS:Stand Alone Complex; 2nd Gig; and Solid State Society, Naruto (I was young once...), Shippuden (call it a guilty pleasure?), Blood+, Angel Beats, Bleach, Wolf's Rain, Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, FLCL
I'll also throw in Teen Titans, The Batman, and Justice League: Unlimited just for kicks.


Current top 5:
Of Monsters and Men
Paper Kites
Iron & Wine
Mumford & Sons
Maxence Cyrin

I love music and have an appreciation for all of it, but if you were to ask me what I most enjoy listening to, it would be a mix of:
«alternative rock»
Linkin Park, Disturbed
«acoustic folk»
Iron & Wine, Civil Wars
The Paper Kites, This Will Destroy You
Silversun Pickups, Shiny Toy Guns
«contemporary classical»
Akira Kosemura, Zoe Keating
«eclectic/trip-hop/acid jazz»
Beats Antique, Thievery Corporation
«psychedellic rock/pop»
MGMT, Junior Senior
Andain, Tiësto
«modern synthpop»
Blaqk Audio, La Roux
«classic synthpop»
Depeche Mode, Erasure
Ludovico Einaudi, Piana
I have a really big soft spot for the 90's post grunge that I grew up on. Incubus, Nirvana, Cake, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Sublime, Soundgarden, Green Day (older albums), Stone Temple Pilots, RHCP, Radiohead, Live, Third Eye Blind,
Goo Goo Dolls, Pixies, Collective Soul, Weezer, Blink-182.
The good stuff.
You also might occasionally find me listening to pop-ish, socio-politically charged, anthemic, offbeat or bohemian hip-hop/rap (Flobots,Fort Minor, Atmosphere), or bluesy/bluegrassy country (as long as it's not overly twangy, whiny, or cliche*)

Lots of other favorites:
Freelance Whales,The Avett Brothers,The Wailin' Jennys, Daft Punk, The Xx, Pedro The Lion, The Morning Light, The Maine, Ariane Moffatt,Mumford and Sons, Imagine Dragons, First Aid Kit, Imogen Heap, Yann Tiersen, Benny Benassi, The Tallest Man on Earth, Passion Pit, Motorcycle, The Seatbelts, Friendly Fires, Young The Giant, Ra Ra Riot, Adele, Telepopmusik, Korn, Rage Against The Machine, Sea Wolf, A Fine Frenzy, Kate Havnevik, Fleet Foxes,The Snake The Cross The Crown, The Decemberists, Mika, MGMT, Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, Death Cab for Cutie, Trentemoller, Royksopp, The Sounds, Sufjan Stevens, Beastie Boys, Rob Zombie, Tiesto, Ashton Allen, Manchester Orchestra, Lorena McKennitt, Lily Allen, Bishop Allen, We Are Scientists, Karen Ann, Owl City, The American Analog Set, Cheju, Chopin, Paul Simon, The Weakerthans, Beats Antique, Sarah McLachlan, Deadmau5, The White Stripes, Rob Dougan, The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tegan and Sara, Justin Timberlake, The Crystal Method, Copeland, Zero 7, Tool, Nine Inch Nails, Jack Johnson, Kanye West, Shiny Toy Guns, Alanis Morissette, Matchbox Twenty, Blue October, DeVotchKa.... there are a lot, and a lot who's names I don't remember, but I'm sure you get the picture.
If you're interested, almost every artist I've ever listened to is on my
You'll also find me using spotify, Pandora, 8Tracks, and HypeMachine.

I also like to think that I'm happily and actively cultivating a passion for culinary arts. I enjoy comfort food as much as the next person, but I have a great love of fresh produce and exotic ingredients. I'm always excited to try something new. I only follow recipes when baking, and otherwise only read them for inspiration.
I have a passionate, if coincidental, relationship with the flavors of my blood. I love anything Asian or Mexican. I like anything with potatoes, and enjoy European style chocolates and smoked meats. You're as likely to find me eating sushi or dim sum, papusa or anticuchos, as corned beef or kosher franks. I also tend to be reasonably intrigued by mediterranean and middle-eastern cuisine.
I like spicy curry, and make a killer baklava.
Six things I could never do without
I spend a lot of time thinking about
String Theory.
The etymology of colloquialisms.
The world I live in, and how to make the best of it.
Where I want to be five, ten, or fifteen years from now, and who I want to be there with.
The 4th-8th dimensions, the difference between reality and perceived reality, macro-cosmic astrophysics and relativity —and their implications on my gnostic psyche.
Architecture, both functional and stylish.
Ethical politics, specifically the inconsistencies and vulgarities of human nature, and their effects on the society that I live in, and that someday my children will live in.
Science fiction weapons, and the technology that might create them. I have a profound appreciation for both craftsmanship, and superfluous exhibition of force: Fine jewelry, intricate carpentry, propwork and cosplay, small scale engineering, lasers, explosives, and hyper-velocity projectiles.

I crush hard on smart, artsy, alternative women, and actresses who can at least pretend to be smart, artsy, alternative, women. The Deschanel sisters. Amanda Palmer. Ellen Page. Olivia Wilde. Natalie Portman. Kari Byron. Emma Stone. Yeah.
On a typical Friday night I am
Night hiking, and/or playing Pokemon Go. Hanging out with family and friends—whatever that happens to mean at the time—out to coffee, or a show at Muse. Binging on Netflix and/or tea and literature. Fixing my car or bike. Building furniture or writing code.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm mildly OCD about numbers. I prefer hundreds above all else, but I'll settle for smaller increments (50, 25, 10, 5, 2) depending on the situation. If at all possible I always prefer ending with a 0 or a 5 as the last digit.

I'm addicted to punctuation—namely commas, dashes, and semicolons—and abuse it as an excuse for my ADHD addled run-on sentences; case-in-point.

*As much as I hate country, I secretly really like Blake Shelton's Boys 'Round Here. Damn you catchy choruses; I'm a hungry-hungry hypocrite.
You should message me if
You actually read the whole thing. (Or even if you didn't. tl;dr?)

You think finding coffee and a used book store to escape windy fall rain in a city we don't know, sounds like the best day ever.

You're a word nerd and want to have a vocabulary competition.

You have any idea what ":(){:|:&};:" does.

You want to be the very best, like no one ever was.
The two of us