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My self-summary
The short version: I'm a code-monkey. I can be fairly well defined by the intersections of my interests in gaming, linguistics, coding, and music.

I went to Harvey Mudd College, which was a totally amazingly awesome school, but it sort of ate my soul. I loved being there, but I'm also happy I made it out. Now I'm out in the real world, doing the code-monkey thing, and actually making money, instead of spending it in large quantities, which is sort of a nice feeling.

I also like to think of myself as a vocalist. Not professionally, of course, but I'd been singing in a cappella groups and various choirs since 10th grade, and took a couple years of voice lessons in college. When I moved to Long Beach, I looked around for a choir to join, and by some miracle, actually found one, the Long Beach Camarata. They're actually quite good - way better than any group I sang with in school. I also love musicals, though the chance of being in any more of those is somewhat smaller now that I've graduated. So I mostly just have to watch them, which is still fun, if not as much as performing. And, heck, I'll sing with just about anything that'll have me (I always end up singing random places with my dad's obscure neofolky band when I'm back visiting, for instance.)

I'm definitely your average geek-type, and for the most part proud of it. I like having intellectual conversations about just about anything, from the academic/philosophical to the absurd (often both at once). I love reading, love all sorts of geeky music, obsess over various tv shows and/or movies, play various time-sucking games... the usual.
What I’m doing with my life
At the moment: I'm working at Laserfiche, as a "software engineer". I'm still not entirely sure where I'm going with my life (who is?), but I needed a job, and I liked the atmosphere there. My mom still thinks I should go to grad school, but I'm actually quite enjoying having a job, money, free time, weekends... and I learn a lot, too, long as I don't mind that it's all Windows-centric (which I don't, particularly). At this point, leaving is looking rather less likely.

I also obsessively play a silly web game called Kingdom of Loathing, and try to addict all my friends, as well. And yes, like everyone else, World of Warcraft too, but I'm not that guy who plays it 24/7 and loses his job. In fact, there've been entire weeks where I didn't log in once! KoL, I'm pretty obsessive about, but it's the sort of game you can't play 24/7, or I wouldn't love it as much.

I might go back and get a Masters sometime... but it's sort of looking unlikely at this point (ed. yeah, unlikelier all the time, even if it would be sort of fun). If I did, though, it'd probably be in UIs (and would give me an excuse to take more linguistics classes). I love learning, and love the college environment, but started to get a little burned out on the near-constant work. I have absolutely no interest in a PhD, though. PhDs in cs, I gather, are for becoming a professor, and I'd make a terrible one.
I’m really good at
*Singing, apparently, though I still have a hard time believing that even after getting into several audition-only groups - I've heard my recorded voice, and I think I sound like crap, at least without processing it a bit. Apparently not, though. (Ed. note: it's been many years since I wrote that, and it's still just as true as always.)

*Programming, if you compare me to the world population rather than the population of cs majors at Mudd.

* Fiddling with computers/programs until they work the way I want them to.

*Certain games (for instance, there was this kid at Mudd who gave everyone nicknames my frosh year, and mine was "Mario Pro" for a while). And yet I suck at others horribly, no matter how I try. Starcraft is one of my favorite games, for instance, but total newbies are always beating me at it.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm really quiet... until you start talking about a subject I care about, at which point it's hard to shut me up. Either that or the geeky shirt I'm wearing, if I'm not in "work clothes" (i.e. the same as always, except with a t-shirt).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I'm inherently leaving out loads of other good books, of course, but I can get a fair amount of mileage out of listing my favorite authors. Among my favorite books would be: anything by Orson Scott Card, anything by Isaac Asimov, anything by Jim Butcher, anything by Steven Pinker... and many more.

Random sampling of movies I particularly appreciate: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Matrix (but not the other two), Aladdin, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Disney version), Dr. Strangelove, Office Space, The Princess Bride, Shrek, the original Star Wars trilogy.

Music: I can really appreciate almost anything. And what I can't appreciate for its goodness, I can generally at least appreciate for its badness (see: most country, most mainstream rap, etc.)

But I'm particularly a huge collector of musical wit of various sorts - mashups, cutups, remixes, covers, arrangements, parodies, filk, "one song to the tune of another" bits, etc. I also love artists who combine multiple genres seamlessly, as well as pretty much anything with tight vocal harmony, regardless of genre. I also love all the usual (and a few obscurer) orchestral soundtrack composers, and I'll always have a soft spot for the music of old video games (and those who arrange them).

I also feel compelled to link Queen. I'm not entirely sure why.

Food: pizza, the more toppings the better; Mexican food; Indian food; Thai food; sushi-that-doesn't-have-fish-in-it (yes, I know, I'm weird)... I'm pretty open to trying things. As long as they don't involve raw fish (to be fair, I did try that once, too. It was as terrible as it sounded. So nyah.)
The six things I could never do without
Sarcastic answer: 1. Water, 2. Food, 3. Oxygen, 4. Sunlight, 5. Gravity, 6. A planetary surface. True, but not terribly informative.

Nonsarcastic answer: 1. A computer

2. Internet access (thing I miss most about college: always functional, super-high-speed internet. Thanks, verizon, for sucking so much, and thanks, every better ISP for not providing service here because verizon probably kicked you all out.)

3. Sleep. Not sarcastic - some people seem to survive on much less. I don't understand those people. 8 hours a day or I'm a sad codemonkey.

4. A ready supply of good books (I'll reread books multiple times if necessary)

5. Friends of a similarly geekish variety (ok, I lied, *that* is what I'll miss most about being in college)

6. Money. As sad as this is, it's rather difficult to do much without it.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
video games I play, books I'm reading, books I've read, shows I've watched, shows I want to watch, programming I'm working on for work, possibly programming I'm working on for my own amusement, songs that might play nicely off each other as mashups... the usual.

Also, The Game. Which I just lost, and now you will, too. Hope you don't mind.
On a typical Friday night I am
If it isn't obvious by now: probably either reading, watching tv on the computer, or playing some sort of game, computer, board, console, etc.. Sadly, at this point there's a decent chance I'm raiding (i.e. in WoW) - not because I raid constantly, just because Friday night seems to be the most likely time for 10 of us to be around these days (probably because we all show signs of lacking an actual life). Still, there's always also a chance I'll be gaming with people in real life, too - occasionally I still show some semblance of having a social life. (And, mind, I'm always totally willing to not be raiding if I happen to have something better to do.)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
This may come as a shock, but I'm actually not very good at talking to girls.

(This is not at all untrue, but there are occasional exceptions. If you recognized that it was a quote, and especially if you know who said it and why, there's a decent chance you might be one of them. That said, the response... might also be true, in general.)

Relatedly: I sort of speak in pop culture references sometimes.
You should message me if
you feel like it. I'll probably respond faster if you IM me, though, than if you try to contact me by PM here. I always enjoy random people IMing me, though I'd prefer it if you'd say who you are when you do that. If you were so interested, you might want to know that my sn is abrickwall123 on AIM.