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My self-summary
I'm totally normal.
That is, normal defined relative to myself.
I'm pretty sure that's what everyone else does too.
Relative to most people, I'm-- well, me.

Internally I'm a Punk. Externally I'm a Suit.

I'm a reliable sort, who just happens to like to do strange things and meet interesting people.

I get the honor of having the rarest personality type. The simplest way to imagine me is as an absent-minded professor. It's wrong, but it'll do until you've spent enough time to get a sense of me. Just imagine I think backwards and end up very normal from the other side.

My puppy-dog eyes are hilarious. Apparently this is not the point of puppy-dog eyes. So I'm going to have to practice.

I grew up in the Midwest, but I've spent almost half my life on the East Coast.

I'm trained as a scientist and a performer. I'm probably a lot more the performer now because I'm employed as a technical manager for hospitals. So I create a lot more than I discover. I get called professor without irony, even though it's not accurate.

I'm a geek, and I spend too much time with machines, but I need people. So I like to do things that are active and participatory.

It's actually kinda odd to admit that my shit is pretty much together. I've got friends, a good job, good opportunities for the future and lots to do. --Damn, I think I've become an adult. I'd just prefer to have someone to share it with.

I count as a Discordian, Zen Atheist from a Jewish perspective, or maybe a Secular Humanist Jew with an odd sense of humor. We need Discordian as a religious choice so that I can be quite serious and laughing about it at the same time.

Goal for 2013: Kill zero or fewer people. [I do medical decision making software.]

I was married once, long ago. That's how I ended up in NYC with nothing but what fit in my car. In the end it was good for me, but if I get married again you're probably stuck with me.

So nope, not pure, not perfect, not without (literal) scars. But I'm largely housebroken, and I know lots of stuff. [Note: Literal scars are not from past relationship, nor knife fighting, but I'm willing to pretend if it makes for a good story.]
What I’m doing with my life
Making hospitals work more effectively. Managing a sports team, and serving on the sport's governing federation. Learning to manage my staff. I don't teach quite so often any more. Helping friends start businesses. Designing educational software and tools. Trying to spend more time on stage. Writing.

Trying to make the world better. ("Define 'better'." ) ∫happiness/pain [for t>0] > ∫happiness/pain [for t<0]
I’m really good at
Explaining things.
Confusing people.
Fixing stuff.
Breaking stuff.
I'm a very good trouble shooter.
I run a great meeting.
My designs work.
I can make your business better, but I'm not interested in running it for more than a week.
I'm really bad at paperwork.

Apparently the ability to drive a 14-foot manual transmission truck in heavy traffic uphill is not universal. I can do that.
I can also wield a chainsaw, ride a horse, use an arc welder, and scuba dive. Though not at the same time.
The first things people usually notice about me
Apparently I come off as extremely competent. [There used to be qualifications here, but I'm informed that I look competent even when I'm screwing up royally. I'm competent at screwing up.]
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Borges. Guns, Germs and Steel [Diamond]; What's the Matter with Kansas [Frank]; Gangs of America [Nace]; Singularity Sky [Stross]; Men at Arms [Pratchett]; The New Way Things Work [Macaulay]; Snow Crash [Stephenson]; Chomsky, and my collection of Sociology and Ecology Dissertations.

I tend to read web comics and non-fiction with the occasional bit of genre fiction.

Brazil, Blade Runner, ClockWork Orange, Sin City, A Lion in Winter, Fight Club, Delicatessen, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Incredibles, Spirited Away, La Dolce Vita, Office Space

I appreciate and enjoy critical analysis, however, I find that I don’t do it to movies as my first pass. I like to experience a movie more that deconstruct it.
Six things I could never do without
If we interpret that to exclude water, food, et al....

Sunlight, Pens, Paper, Friends, problems to solve, Joy, Absurdity, Boxer Shorts,

Coffee might be assumed to be on the list, but I can actually go without. I just usually don't.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to help doctors make accurate and effective medical choices.

Trying to further the sport that I'm proud to be part of the governing body for.

Political policy.
Climate change, geopolitics, religion as a social system, Science Education, the work of acting.

Starting cults for fun, Computer interfaces, Medical information workflows.

Systems lots of systems, how things interconnect and how to change them.

The way words flow and change.

Writing jokes

There ought to be some sort of Discordian koan here about the nature of identity and self, but it would just be me inventing philosophy again. I never know quite what to make of people taking my world view more seriously that I do. "We are what we are except when we're not. Y'know."
On a typical Friday night I am
Playing goalie for multiple soccer teams. (It turns out that if you show up in bright pink with gloves, they just let you play for whomever. Good practice.)

Avoiding the bridge-and-tunnel crowd.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've always been sort of hyper-ethical. This turns out to be a handicap when dating. It used to be that I didn't realise I was supposed to lie. Now I'm just kinda unclear what lies I'm supposed to be telling. --I have discovered that just asking straight out isn't sexy.

Yes, I'm probably playing with words and written stances. I'm not so concerned with a script that's known to work. So I'm afraid you'll just have to hope I happen to be writing in a style you like when you read me. Else, "If we shadows hath offended..."
You should message me if
You can pass the Turing Test.

You've been touched by his noodly appendage.

You like absent-minded professor types, who think too fast, occasionally redefine words, make horrendous social gaffs and get away with it by being absurdly nice.

You like brains attached to bodies.

You can write between the lines.

You actually majored in Psychoceramics.

You want to try out for my team. (or just play pickup)
The two of us