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My self-summary
A geeky, friendly guy of somewhat varied interests.

I'm involved in local fandom; I volunteer at a local literary science fiction convention, and attend the Worldcon most years. I play and design tabletop games, though none professionally yet. Despite a brief flirtation with the guitar, I don't play an instrument, but I sing pretty well.

I don't think I'm a stereotypical Seattle-area geek, but I'd be hard-pressed to point to exactly where I deviate from the standard model.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm pretending to be a responsible adult. I'm happily married to storycat, slowly settling into a new house, and mostly-enjoying my day job in the software industry. I keep an active social calendar, at least by geek standards, and I try to strike a balance between the stuff I do for money and the stuff I do because it's too interesting to pass up.
I’m really good at
I'm good at writing puzzles - things that seem incomprehensible at first but unwrap like a present when you start to think about them. Also, bending computers to my will, mostly in service of my Corporate Overlords. And a few other things, mostly impractical but interesting to me.
The first things people usually notice about me
I wish I could be one of those people who says "I don't know what people notice about me." But I do. They shout "nice socks!" and I am never, never sure if they're being ironic or sincere.

I have very interesting socks.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I fall in love with books, music and food the way a high-schooler falls in love: quickly, utterly sincerely, and often not all that long in the grand scheme of things. These are a few of my current crushes and long-term flings:

I'm not that into movies or TV, to be honest. Nothing against them; I just never seem to have the time to dedicate to them except as a social pursuit. I'll happily watch things with you, but I won't go home and catch up on your favorite series.

The Mind's "I", The Phantom Tollbooth, The Player of Games, and A Wizard of Earthsea, among others.

The last few artists in heavy rotation on my iPod include: The New Pornographers, Cake, Janelle Monae, The Magnetic Fields, Renaissance, Yes, Thomas Dolby, Amanda Palmer, Dream Theater, and David Bowie. (Outside is a criminally underrated album.)

Anything interestingly spiced and creatively made. I haven't found a cuisine that didn't have something to appreciate in it, though I have a soft spot for well-done variations on traditional dishes. Conveyor-belt sushi is my guilty pleasure.
Six things I could never do without
The science geek in me wants to give a glib answer, and list things like "breathable atmosphere" and "food" here, but that's really not very revelatory about me, is it?

Honestly, I'm not sure there's anything I could never do without. I like my comfortable life, but I don't think any of my modern conveniences are absolute necessities to go on living. As long as there are other people around, and at least some of them are friendly, I think I could find a way to get through.

All of that notwithstanding: I'd be pretty peeved to have to do without the Internet; too many of my friends are chat-pals these days. And there are some things that I keep with me all the time. So, let's call the list at my phone and my glasses, and figure that I'll improvise the rest.

The rest of the things I'd want to list... aren't things, and something rubs me the wrong way about listing people alongside things. So, that's something about me, I suppose.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My job - I'm lucky enough to work on an interesting problem for a living, and I'm often mulling it over in the back of my head. Game design - I'm fascinated by the process of abstraction that turns a real thing into an interesting toy to engage with. The state of the world - I think this is an interesting and somewhat frightening time to be a human, and I'm wondering how much that's true and how much it's the exceptionalism that every generation subscribes to: nobody else has ever had it quite as bad as we do, right?

Like many engineering-types, I want to find solutions to a lot of the real problems of the world. Unlike many engineering-types, I don't much buy into the idea that strongly self-interested solutions are the way to do it. If you're a fan of Ayn Rand, it's not going to work out. Sorry.
On a typical Friday night I am
At home, playing board games with friends. I've been hosting a regular Friday night get-together with friends for a while now - I've never been comfortable in bars and clubs (too noisy, too much pressure to put on a good show), and having a regular excuse for friends to come over means I've always got something to look forward to at the end of the week. The weeks I'm not doing that, I'm usually out somewhere with some other friend, or getting a nice dinner at a restaurant.
You should message me if
you want to catch a concert in Seattle, or play board games at a coffee shop, or talk about what consciousness really means.
The two of us