playmer
26 Redmond, United States
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My self-summary
I tend to improv crazy stories with friends when we're bored. So be prepared for that.
Mostly I'm a nerdy guy who plays (and makes) video games. I love to Wikibinge. I can't tell you how bad it was when I discovered TVTropes. I lost weeks to that site. Sigh.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm going to school for Computer Science and recently finished an Internship at Microsoft, and I'm looking forward to next year when I will return for another internship.
I’m really good at
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.
The first things people usually notice about me
It depends on the season really. In the winter people notice my grandpa sweater. When it's warm out they tend to notice the dragon tee-shirts I got over a decade ago and refuse to get rid of.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books:
Harry Potter Series, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, To Kill a Mockingbird,

Music:
Barenaked Ladies, Matchbox 20, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Tally Hall, The Pillows, Breuneax,

I like most musical genres to be honest.

TV:
Steven Universe, Stargate SG-1, Parks and Recreation, Ouran High School Host Club

Movies:
Men in Black, Night at the Museum, Hot Fuzz, Galaxy Quest, Tropic Thunder, Guardians of the Galaxy, Serendipity

Food:
Pizza, Chinese Food, Beef Stew, Pho
The six things I could never do without
1. Blankets: These are pretty much the be all end all. Cold? Wrap yourself. Sad? Wrap yourself. Cat yelling at you? Kitty-ritto. Hands down most important tool in my arsenal.

2. Computer: I'm a programmer, so it's important to have something I can work on. Plus I love to yell about and at software.

3. Phone: How am I going to shitpost on Twitter about how cute cats are in the middle of class without this? If you answer is my laptop, well fine, but that's way more obvious, so shame on you.

4. White Boards: White boards are the ultimate in diagramming and problem solving tools. I pretty much use them whenever readily available.

5. Friends: I am at my best when I can have some fun and blow off some steam with friends 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.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I'd like to do some work that actually impacts people one day. Not in a rock star kind of way. But for example I'd like to work on Windows for Microsoft. With a product like that there's rarely any one big thing that ever changes someones perception. It's the little things. I'd love to be the guy who just makes that thing a bit more secure, a bit faster. Make things like multitouch gestures worth a damn on Windows. People don't think about these things, but they're important. When I upgraded to 8.1, I couldn't get over the fact that the Explorer actually opens to "This PC" over libraries. That was something that bugged me since 2009 with the release of 7.

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 cared for as the Linux Kernel.
On a typical Friday night I am
I generally hang out at home. But when I do go out, I enjoy watching movies, going out to restaurants, and even the occasionally gaming convention, (Like PAX Prime!)

And I always like to try new non-competitive board games.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I was told this should be more embarrassing and less about me joking around.

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.
You should message me if
You're curious about what I do and care about, are interested in getting to know me, or feel like messaging someone.
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