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My self-summary
I am a Muppet of a man. I can be raucous, intense, have an off the wall sense of humor, and a fascination with all kinds of knowledge. My passions? Books, especially sci-fi and fantasy, oceanography, paleontology, art, biology, geology, narrative structure, crafting, and video game design. On any given Saturday, I'm volunteering at the local Aquarium, telling people how awesome octopuses are, and cracking jokes about the flying habits of our bats. I'm always up for an adventure, and think a person who can get bored in a library or a bookstore isn't trying at all.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm in the middle of things now. I'm only working part-time at the moment, but I've picked up some awesome odd jobs over the past few months. I've pet sat, and I even had a stint at the Renaissance Festival where I sold food and got to write all my own lines. "Da Vinci's cow is a wonder! By the POWER OF SCIENCE, YOUR MILK IS COLD!" While I'm hoping to get something more permanent at the public library, or the Aquarium, I'm also starting up a video game company with several of my friends. We're going to be awesome!
I’m really good at
Lots of things. I'm a regular jack-of-all trades. I write, I draw, I design video games and entirely new narrative concepts. I'm an amateur level oceanographer at the local Aquarium. I make people laugh. I read faster than almost anyone I know. I collect books, discover awesome people, throw parties, plan trips, and find out about cool local events. I do origami, sculpture, and very low-grade engineering. I navigate. I find treasures. I go on adventures. I am, admittedly a very mediocre sword-fighter and Nerf gunman. I study, I invent. I make friends with animals of all species.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm tall, and I pour out terrible puns with stunning regularity. I'm smart. It helps if you're smart too. I'm the guy with the couch for a friend to crash on when they need some space.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Favorite books? How can I pick just a few? Can I go with authors instead? Peter Beagle, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Diana Wynne Jones, Eric Flint, Richard Fortey, Vernor Vinge, Jim Butcher, and that's just the names that come to mind in the first few seconds. I mostly read science fiction and fantasy, but I also break out into just about anything I need to write or design my video games more realistically, have a large collection of mythology, especially mythology that is not Greco-Roman or Judeo-Christian, and gorgeous books of science and art, with any number on dinosaurs, and one treasured book on trilobites. Be warned, I have little use for vampires or lampires.

My favorite movie is Ratatouille. It's not the funniest of Pixar's work, but I've yet to run into anything that captures the sheer joy of creating like that movie, and it's got a lean narrative, gorgeous music, and an amazing sense of place. Though really, you almost can't go wrong with a Pixar movie. I am, in general, an animation buff developing a love for set design. I like my movies smart, generally upbeat, and often quotable. You really can't go wrong with The Princess Bride, and bonus points for anyone who has seen and loved The Wizard of Speed and Time.

Firefly is the best show ever. Great characters, great lines, great action, and the existence of Jaynestown. Also, a great deal of love for the incredible musical stylings of Yoko Kanno and the Seatbelts. Maybe I'm just a sucker for space westerns, but I'd like Cowboy Bebop even if I weren't. 90s Warner Bros. cartoons. Just about anything else I will skip in favor of educational programming. Planet Earth and Life are among the most amazing things to ever hit the airwaves. I have no use for reality TV.

Musically, I am eclectic. I can find something in almost any genre that I'll like. I grew up country (which died in the 00s), have a passion for celtic and classic rock, am getting into electro swing. Not fond of rap, but partly that's because the good stuff almost never makes it onto the radio. I am a sucker for a good soundtrack. Yoko Kanno is probably the most versatile composer alive, and at the top of pretty much every genre she's touched. The Pillows turn out some of the greatest rock ever. If you haven't caught on yet, I listen to a lot of stuff I can't understand. The way I see it, in another language, the human voice becomes another instrument, and an incredibly versatile one. If you like The Rainbow Connection, you're probably my kind of person.

I am a salmon connoisseur. Give me a filet of salmon with some tomato pesto any day of the week, and I'm happy. Or maybe blackened. Or how about marinated in a balsamic vinaigrette? My diet leans towards the carb, meat, and dairy side of things, though I want to add more vegetables. I don't eat fruit. The only exception is tomato, and then it must be as a sauce, and beyond physical recognition. I don't cook often, but when I do, I enjoy it. And, as a general rule, I love to eat.
Six things I could never do without
Intelligent conversation. English, math, any of the sciences, any of the philosophies, any kind of art, interesting analysis of the day, of people, anything that gets our brains going. Pun contests. World building. Alternate histories. Good jokes. Bad jokes. Just, please, get my jokes. There's nothing quite like delivering a punchline to someone who doesn't get it, or worse, goes and agrees with the horrible thing I just said.

Books. My first true love. I have hundreds of them, and reread my favorites on a yearly basis. Sometimes more than once a year. I work in a used bookstore. It is full of old friends and new friends I haven't met yet.

Science fiction conventions. What happens when you get a bunch of very intelligent and passionate people together in one place, and let them be themselves? AWESOME is what happens. I've met some of the coolest people in the world at these things, and been presented with some of the coolest ideas. Also, see above. There are books and intelligent conversations galore. Part of the fun of the local Renfest is that it's a fantasy con so big that everyone gets to kick back and enjoy it.

Animals. Did you know a twenty-five foot octopus can fit through a hole the size of a silver dollar? Ever heard of the mimic octopus? If you haven't you're missing out. I'm an any animal kind of person, I love dogs, cats, rodents, aquatic life, invertebrates, insects. The only things I get leery about are arachnids. It's the rare cat or dog I can't charm eventually, and I once had a turkey fall asleep in my lap.

Video games. It's not so much the act of playing video games that I get the most out of, it's the challenges raised by design, and the possibilities for entirely new types of storytelling. I'd almost rather read about them than play them. But when I play them, my games of choice are strategy RPGs and other games that allow for a wide range of customization and thought. I've put a whole lot of time into Disgaea, Phantom Brave, and every iteration of the main Pokemon games.

The internet. There's the real game changer of the age. I've never even seen the faces of some of my closest friends. I've hung out with people in Australia. One of my best friends currently lives in Japan. We can connect to people and things in entirely new ways that we never could have before. People who aren't comfortable talking have other ways to communicate. We can find people who embrace the same things we do far easier. And we're still only in the early stages of this whole thing.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Stories. Video game design. People. Art. Politics. Math. Science. Animals. Applications of any of the above on each other in stories. The narrative nature of reality. Puns. I am interested in just about anything and everything, and can internalize things and turn them into new ideas very quickly. I've been up to the wee hours of the morning reading for most of my life, and sometimes I do the same with obscure bits of math for a game, but the big hiccup is good conversation when I really should be headed to bed instead.
On a typical Friday night I am
Writing. A group of friends and I formed a writing group, and we met almost every Friday to write. These days, we've shifted into game design. I guess the point is to spend an evening with friends making things. We haven't tried cooking yet, but that would be fun. Most of us aren't musical. Sometimes it's just bringing up interesting links on the internet.

Oh, and there's the swordfighting, which happens before the writing, but isn't as long of a tradition, yet.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My life is surreal. I am a wierdness magnet. It makes for incredible stories, especially because I tend to just roll with it. I can get stuck in places most people won't think of going, find things people never knew were there, and occasionally trip over little universes that hardly anyone else ever learns about.

It's exciting. You're welcome to join me.
You should message me if
If you like adventure! Learning! Thinking! Surprise explosions! Muppets! Dinosaurs! Fossils! Science! Mocking famous literary figures! (Yes, I'm looking at you, Henry James. No, a chapter should never be used in place of a sentence.)

If you like playing with ideas, talking about stories, making things, animals, going to concerts and movies on the spur of the moment, visiting museums and zoos whenever the opportunity presents itself, killing spare moments in libraries and bookstores, (and I warn you, bookstores, they will happen early and often.)

But if any of this sounds interesting, we'll probably have fun together.
The two of us