nickelbolt
34 Saint Paul, United States
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My self-summary
INTP, if M-B is your J-A-M. Champion speller, as I just demonstrated. I'm also pretty solid at grammar. I know the difference between 'your' and 'you're,' and also, 'yore' but only because I used to really be into nostalgia.
What I’m doing with my life
I had this great gig teaching math-y stuff at a performing arts charter high school, but I've decided that after almost 10 years in the education game, I need a change. (It's a long, sordid tale about the sinking ship that is the American educational system... Got a few hours??) So, I quit my job! Exciting! I'm not sure exactly what the future holds for me yet, but I'll be spending this summer figuring it out. Being a mathy guy, I'm currently looking into analytics, actuarial science, or maybe some kind of corporate education or training type of job.

I'm also trying to plan this sweet road trip across the western US for late July-early August. I have a friend in Portland, which is where twenty-somethings go to retire. Well, actually, I'm a thirty-something, but I'm sure they'll accept me. Plus, everyone always under-guesses my age anyway.
I’m really good at
growing a beard.
The first things people usually notice about me
Random person: "How tall are you?"
Me: "Very."
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My favorites tend to shift around a lot, but I was recently bitten by the music bug again. I own approximately 400 physical albums and counting. Right now, I'm trying to flesh out my collection of 90's alternative rock and grunge. I'm scouring various publications' top 100 lists and online forums and taking my lists to used music stores. Got a hidden gem for me?

I have a theory that when it comes to media, one should only consume it after it has left the collective short-term memory. The reason being that hyperbole is a big thing on the internet, and the newest thing is always the best-est thing (or the worst-est thing). Better to wait for the collective to digest and analyze media to filter out the chaff and find the hidden gems. There is just too much media and not enough time to enjoy it all; I don't have time to become extremely invested and then disappointed *cough* LOST. *cough* An added bonus that spoilers don't mean anything if you're not following a particular media, because you don't know the context. Therefore, in 5 years, I can watch Game of Thrones in peace.

I love to cook, but I find it hard to cook for one person efficiently... so I would love to have someone to cook for. My best friend's wife has told me on several occasions that I will make an excellent wife for someone someday! When I cook, I crank up the tunes! There might be a little singing, air-guitaring, rapping and/or dancing... A little pre-dinner entertainment if you will.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
*gets out soapbox*

I think a lot about nerd culture, sexism, and how to become a better ambassador for geeky interests.

I'm kind of pissed off about how the (white male) community seems to think that nerd culture needs defending from "social justice warriors." There's the "fake geek girl" thing, the rise of MRAs, the backlash against anything remotely "feminist" on the internet, Gamergate, and now Reddit setting itself on fire. This kind of stuff is completely antithetical to my beliefs and my vision.

I don't understand why white men want to be victims so much. You know why other groups get "special treatment?" THE SAME REASON WHY IN MARIOKART YOU DON'T GET BLUE SHELLS AND LIGHTNING BOLTS WHEN YOU'RE ALREADY IN FIRST PLACE, ASSBAG! Seriously, eff misogyny and sexism! Just writing this made got me all worked up...

*gets off soapbox*
On a typical Friday night I am
Well, y'all know I'm a nerd, and my typical Friday night is game night, so... I think I'll just talk about non-gaming related things I like to do on non-fridays.

I own a kayak. I'm mostly into calm lake and river kayaking and not so much whitewater stuff. Unfortunately I have nowhere to store it... If I had a better place to store it, I would probably use it literally every day and I'd never get anything else done, so maybe it's for the best. I also own a mountain bike, which I could technically store in my apartment but I don't. That one is slops on me. I do "yoga" frequently, although usually just by myself, and I don't know if you can really call it yoga. I took a few classes back in the day, watched a few videos and added some of my own stuff. I also like taking walks in various parks around the metro... the more wooded and secluded the better.

I really want to go to the zoo. Or the science museum. Or MIA. Or Walker. Or Twins games. Or get any kind of culture, really.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have no idea how to take a selfie. Every time I look at myself on the screen, I think, "I look like a doofus," and then put my phone away without snapping the picture.
You should message me if
...you think this idea sounds amazing: http://bit.ly/290haJY
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