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My self-summary
TL;DR: I'm a geeky, good-humored guy who makes video games.

I'm sort of obsessed with entertaining people. It's why I bend over backwards to make my friends laugh, it's a big part of why I make games for a living, and it's how I feel most at ease in social situations.


On a camping trip, I was horsing around with some friends on a grassy hill next to a lake. We were making ourselves dizzy rolling down the hill. So, I'm lying there on my back with the world spinning around me, and I think about all those funny videos you see of dizzy people trying to run around. I figure it'll crack my friends up, so I quickly stand up and try to run. Well, I'm on a slope, so it's no surprise that I start running downhill, then tumbling downhill, then spilling over a 4-foot drop at the end of the hill onto some rocks and mud. I'm lying there, ass bruised and hand sprained, listening to their concerned shouts. I decide I should do something to let them know I'm okay. I stand up! I'm still dizzy though, so I go reeling backwards towards the lake. They save me right before I hit the water.

All that to say that I will go pretty far for a laugh.

I still act like an adult most of the time though. I take my work seriously, try to stay healthy, set goals and blah, blah blah...

On this other camping trip, I rolled my ankle jumping over a 2-foot creek immediately after teasing my friends for taking the easy way across.

Seriously though, I try to surround myself with people who challenge and inspire me. People who are smarter, more dedicated, and more conscientious than I am. Partly because I admire them, but mostly because I'm often afraid of becoming complacent. I want to constantly remind myself that I've got work to do.

Another time camping, I sloshed a skillet full of hot bacon grease onto my hand.
What I’m doing with my life
When I tell people I design video games for a living, they usually say that it sounds like a cool job. Well, they're right. It's a very cool job, in the sense that I work from home and I can legitimately play games on the job and call it research.

I love designing games because it hits a sweet spot in my brain. It's half-art and half-science. It's elegant, logical systems mixed with gut feel. Games aren't the code or the art or the rules, they're the experience those things trigger in the players' brains, and that fascinates me.

Here's a something that I helped make and that I'm very proud of:
I’m really good at
...Cooking. I like cooking for myself, but I love cooking for others. My cooking style is pretty fast and loose: I'll check a recipe once in a while when I'm trying something new, but for the most part I like to improvise. I make an excellent chili.

...Roadtripping. If you pay for gas, I will help you drive across the country at the drop of a hat. There's something entrancing about cruising along the road for hours on end. You also learn a lot about someone when you're cooped up with them in a car for 13 hours at a stretch.

...Spelling and grammar. Folks, the trick is to care.
The first things people usually notice about me
I spend time and effort on what I wear. I'll rock a vest and tie if I can get away with it without seeming too overdressed, and I will suit up in a heartbeat if the occasion allows.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I've got some pretty geeky inclinations, but I'll let you suss those out from my lists:

Authors: Dawkins, Murakami, Vonnegut, and Bradbury.

Movies: Brick, Cool Hand Luke, Love Actually, and Seven Samurai.

Music: Brother Ali, Daft Punk, Mountain Goats, and Hot Chip.

TV: The Wire, Generation Kill, Dexter, Breaking Bad, and Friday Night Lights.

Video Games: Team Fortress 2, TowerFall, Super Puzzle Fighter, and Super Meat Boy.

Tabletop/Role-playing Games: Microscope, Carcassonne, Fiasco, and Dominion.

Anime: Hunter x Hunter, Yakitate Japan, Deathnote, and Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Food: Sushi, pho, brisket, and steak.
Six things I could never do without
Healthy food, a creative outlet, a sense of purpose, games to play, movies to watch and time to just relax with good friends.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Ideas for video games, how I can be a better person, things I want to do with my life, what I'm going to eat next, whether or not I feel like cooking, and time travel.
On a typical Friday night I am
Chilling out at home watching something, and looking forward to sleeping in. I'm easily peer-pressured into going out though.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I originally started drinking my coffee black and my whiskey neat because I thought it seemed cool and manly. I've since grown to prefer black coffee and neat whiskey, so now I must actually be cool and manly.
You should message me if
If you've got something you're passionate about, I'd say let's start there. Geek out at me about whatever turns your crank. I think that's a surefire way to get to know someone quickly.
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