Mostly I'm a nerdy guy who plays (and makes) video games. I go to school for Computer Science, and have dedicated the rest of my life to the field after dipping my toes in high-school and having now shipped myself across the country to dive deeper into it.
I love to Wikibinge, it's a habit I got myself into after watching Stargate in high-school and cross referencing every thing in every episode I watched with the Gateworld wiki. I can't tell you how bad it was when I discovered TVTropes. I lost weeks to that site. Sigh.
I'm going to DigiPen for Computer Science. They focus on applying those topics for game development. I'm hoping that my experiences here will push me to work for Microsoft or Valve. Mostly because I want to be in spitting distance of working on an Operating System. They're pretty amazing things, and so many people use them. I'd like to improve them and make people's lives a little better by doing so.
This semester I ended up writing a basic single block sized memory allocator to deal with our game objects. It's not perfect, but it's currently working, if a bit memory starved with cache misses galore.
Basically, I strive for elegance in my programming creations. I want them to be easy to use, and easy to understand by the folks who use them. I seem to be pretty good at it so far.
I wish I were joking. Those are seriously the things people point out to me the most. Although I do have a few sweaters people seems to more genuinely like and give me compliments on.
Harry Potter Series, The Drizzt series, Dresden Series, Robert Langdon Series, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, To Kill a Mockingbird, Brave New World, Hooked, Iain M. Bank's scifi novels, Fun Home
Barenaked Ladies, Lemon Demon, Coldplay, Jonathan Coulton, Linkin Park, Ben Folds, Blink 182, Daft Punk, Fall Out Boy, Five for Fighting, Flogging Molly, Foo Fighters, Gorrilaz, Green Day, KT Tunstall, Matchbox 20, Pixies, Pheonix, Queen, Reel Big Fish, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Smash Mouth, Semi Sonic, Snow Patrol, Train, Imojen Heap, Gavin DeGraw, Spider Robinson, The Beatles, Tally Hall, Tenacious D, The Eagles, Ke$ha, Goo Goo Dolls, Journey, Vertical Horizon, They Might Be Giants, U2, Third Eye Blind, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wicked, Billy Joel, Chicago, the Cure, Crooked Fingers, Joe Cocker, John Mayer, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Jason Mraz, The Pillows, Poison, R.E.M, Rascal Flatts, Sara Bareilles, Seatbelts, Simon and Garfunkel, Zac Brown Band
I like most musical genres, rap is beginning to grow on me, albeit slowly.
Stargate SG-1, Startrek, Lie to Me, Dexter, Macgyver, House, Law and Order: SVU, The Office, Community, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, Conan, Chuck, Cowboy Bebop, Psyche, White Collar, Royal Pains, Burn Notice, Firefly, House
Men in Black, The Hangover, Night at the Museum, The Last Starfighter, Die Hard (1, 2, 3, and 4), Hot Fuzz, Zombieland, Galaxy Quest, Tropic Thunder, Iron Man 1 + 2, Serenity, Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog
Comedy, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Drama, and the Drama-Comedy blends we know as Dramady or "Chick Flicks"
I'm strange with food. One of my friends likes to say that I deal with food in extremes. I find many things palatable, or "okay", but generally refer to that feeling as something I "don't like" because I'd prefer to be knocked out of the park by something I really enjoy. Basically I prefer consistency over something variable.
So with that out of the way, some things I really like, but keep in mind I'll willing to give most things a shot at least once if I don't have to commit to a whole lot of it.
Pizza, Chinese Food, Hibachi Food, Beef Stew, Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Chicken Soup. Pho, Beef and Barley Soup, Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, and so much more. I'm basically a Meat and Potatoes guy a heart.
2. Computer: I love computer science and really enjoy programming. There are lots of interesting little problems to solve, and it would be very annoying to work on them without a computer.
3. Phone: This is less about having the ability to call folks (Although that's important too.) and more about the ability to connect to the internet and get interesting information on any topic on a moments notice. It's my calendar, my notepad, my dictionary, and my most important tool for communication at a moments notice. I can get by without it, but I'd rather not.
4. White Boards: Okay, this is a little weak, because I'm running out of things to say. But hear me out. I'm a programmer, and you might not believe it, but these things really help with diagramming things out.
5. Friends: I've tried being the loner and it just doesn't work. I just need some folks that I can have some fun with and blow off some steam with after a crazy week at school.
6. Music: I love music, and I need it in my life. Without it the world would be a much blander place.
Working at Valve is a bit of a dream, but as I work on games at Digipen, it's less the games I'm interested in working on and more their initiatives on Linux. That's something I'd like to learn more about and cut my teeth on. Working on something as big and well cares for as the Linux Kernel.
And I always like to try a new board game.
The best I've got is that after discovering fan fiction with the rest of the nerds in middle school I started writing some. It's painfully bad. I've probably still got some of it backed up somewhere.
The best (worst) part? I still read fan fiction from time to time. Guilty pleasure. The nerdy-ness flows.