36Ypsilanti, United States
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My self-summary
I love music- especially the nuts and bolts of making live music. I love Left-ish and Sciencey '-isms': Humanism, Feminism, Naturalism, Progressivism. I love languages and NASA and things narrated by David Attenborough. It would be fair to say I'm a design and typography geek- I grew up around printers and designers, so it's in my blood. I have a 10-year-strong nerdcrush on Neil DeGrasse Tyson and the new Cosmos series gave me the biggest science boner since I first saw the original. Haters need not apply.

I love Halloween. I get annoyed when Christmas tries to barge in like it belongs in October. It doesn't- it belongs about two weeks into December. Thanksgiving would be happy enough with a couple weeks to itself, too. Baby Jesus needs to stop being so greedy and learn to share.

Poly-compatible, sex positive, INTJ. I've become a lot more confident and comfortable in my own skin in the last few years; I don't know the MBTI inside-out, but I don't think that it's a surprise that I've shifted from slightly-P to somewhat-J during this span. I feel like I'm finally getting the hang of adulting and I'm really starting to hit my stride. Introverts are still my people, though, and I tend to get along best with folks otherwise within a degree or two of me.
What I’m doing with my life
I work in a research library and I think I finally got over a lurking mania with grad school. I'm much happier with less formal, but much more practical learning. You're doing it? Great! I don't have the patience for long-winded professorial ego anymore.

That said, I enjoy skill-collecting- my garden usually does pretty well; home ownership implies a lot of fun with caulk and furnace maintenance; I'm adding some web components to what I know about graphics and publishing so I can stay relevant in my field. Jack-of-all-trades, master of none- but oftentimes better than master of one. If RPG terms are your thing, I have seriously multi-classed.

I'm thoroughly enjoying the local breweries- I'd evidently had the wrong opinion of wheat beer for a decade or so. I'm incredibly disappointed that I've been in A2/Ypsi for six years and still can't even find a halfway-decent margarita pitcher. This town should be ashamed. Ashamed! Sangria is nice, but just doesn't cut it, kids.

If I can walk or bike to wherever I'm going, I'm generally happier once I get there.
I’m really good at
I listen like your best friend over a pint at the pub. I can mic your vintage-but-shitty amp. I more or less figured out Cyrillic script to make my job easier. I grew up playing with the things that became the Adobe Creative Suite so I'm pretty handy pushing pixels. And I say that like I didn't grow up in the family print shop, design ads for car magazines, or do gig posters for rock shows. Where's the crossover point between modesty and self-deprecation? I'm good at missing that too.

I'm fairly well equipped for camping, and if it's even reasonable weather, I'm liable to pack it up and head out. Reequipping over the winter for backpacking this spring. It's gotta stay above 40 at night though, unless I find someone to share body heat with.

My superpower is always looking directly into random camera flashes in public.
The first things people usually notice about me
My beard is darker than the rest of my hair- more of an auburn than the strawberry blonde above my ears.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
History, Classics, Science, and Science Fiction figure heavily on my shelf- Sagan, Vonnegut, Pratchett, Herbert and Tolkien. I grew up on the cynicism and misanthropy of Calvin and Hobbes; 25 years later, my sense of wonder is as strong as ever and my faith in humanity is, I suppose, somewhat Hobbesian. My shelves are conspicuously full of things written by white men, so any suggestions to broaden that which might suit my genre tastes are welcome. Gotta start somewhere, right?

Musical standbys include Yo La Tengo, Lou Barlow, Pinback and GY!BE; throw on The Stooges, The Flaming Lips, or Built to Spill any time. Moving toward Tycho, Holy Fuck, and The War on Drugs lately. Auto-Tuning hurts me in my heart-place. If you're not functionally deaf for a few hours after a Dinosaur Jr. show, you're doing it wrong. If you can't hear the ice melting in your bourbon over Billie Holiday, you're doing it wrong.

Kids in the Hall, BSG, Venture Bros., Robot Chicken, Game of Thrones, and Rick & Morty. The first two seasons of The Tudors were impressive. John Oliver is onto something fantastic with Last Week Tonight. I geek out on Formula 1, but I won't inflict it on you beyond recommending that you see the Senna documentary. I don't miss daily TV; with the net, we've been living in some version of the future they promised in my childhood for a while now and it's awesome.

Kevin Smith movies are always good for a laugh and toe-dabbling intellectualism. Ed Wood films and other so-bad-they're-good B-movies are LOTS of fun. Any documentary gets a chance, but summer blockbusters generally do not. Thrillers are okay, but with the notable exception of zombie flicks, gore is a non-starter. Obviously, Thriller itself is golden.

I love cooking, and usually cook for an army that never shows up, leaving me with a week's worth of lunch. I usually only eat meat when I'm out and about. But I make recognizably-Midwestern chili and decent Thai, Indian and Mexican food. I am willing to go to some lengths for good coffee, cheeses and chorizo.
Six things I could never do without
Reading material.
As much music as humanly possible to experience.
Trail maps.
B-Movies. Overacted? Shaky plot? Bruce Campbell? Press play!
Good coffee.
My bike and my camping gear.

Some of this is most easily covered by (or purchased via) an Internet connection, though, so that might have to rank fairly highly in there, too.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Things from obscure corners of museums and libraries lurk in my semi-conscious- like feathered dinosaurs and 150-year-old pornographic daguerrotypes in special curated collections. Me and the 'Random Article' button on the Wiki have spent some slow workday afternoons together. I'd like to know why my Indian and Thai food are reliably tasty, but (with the exception of butter chicken) never quite look like what you get at a restaurant.

It's crossed my mind that, with all the time my cat spends on my lap, if you mix in a meddlesome teenager and her dog, I'm really only a spiked gauntlet and a raspy voice away from Dr. Claw. Except for the whole 'running an organized crime syndicate' thing.

Somehow it seems vaguely important that I was born 5 days before Ronald Reagan was elected.
On a typical Friday night I am
doing *something*. Out with friends, on a date, gaming, making dinner at home, or on the couch with a book. Boredom is a thing of the past- I lost track of the last time I stopped to ask myself 'what am I going to do tonight'. Lately, it's been pub trivia and that's all kinds of fun.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Almost everything I know about football comes from my time as a callow youth playing Tecmo Super Bowl on the NES, which covers, I think, the 1991 season. For anything beyond that, I wish you well on your sportsball-watching endeavours.
You should message me if
• You think an MST3K marathon is a good idea for a snow day.
• You think playing in the snow is a good idea for a snow day.
• There's a new beer on tap, 'cause I wanna try it too.
• You enjoy oddball film, and enjoy enjoying it with a friend.
• You're a radiologist; I can't explain it but I've always gotten along really well with radiologists. Go figure.
• You've gotten this far and are open to a medium-to-long-term something. Flings are fun, for sure, but my life is really coming together and my greater aim is for someone to share that with.
The two of us