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My self-summary
***I recently discovered that there is a filtered inbox which seems to have been catching more than half of my incoming messages, some of which were quite sweet and not spammy at all. Apologies to all of those who I ignored inadvertently.

How to start? Well, I'm single, sane, healthy and sort of normal looking on the outside, but creative on the inside, or at least nimble enough to feed myself and pay my rent without doing harm to the world. I have a brain bent for science but fell into art and I can't seem to get out, which is just as well since I enjoy making things, including my own hours. I prefer to be active, exploring trails, paddling the lake or swimming in the Springs when I'm not making something or helping someone else make something, or trying to keep said creations from blowing up or causing NORAD to raise the DEFCON threat level.

I'm adventurous and uber-inquisitive about the world around me, to the extent that I have been known to trek to the middle of nowhere in Death Valley to see places where the rocks move by themselves; jump onto a bus taking biologists into the Chernobyl exclusion zone; or take a three day side trip through Bosnia to the site of appearances by the Virgin Mary, despite not being Catholic, or even religious. I'm skeptical and agnostic, but intrigued by all that there is we don't know, awed by nature and the universe and complete humbled by my small place in them. For those who want to know, I generally score as INTP, with occasional forays into E and S.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm arranging photons into pleasing configurations. Writing and talking about art and science. Rescuing old theaters. Collaborating with artists and choreographers. Organizing art projects that last decades. Hacking ink jet printers to make photos that last centuries. if you want to look.
I’m really good at
Finding and making images. Navigating in the dark. Creating things you want to watch and listen to. Writing. Listening. Watching. Traveling. Guiding boats down rock-filled rivers. Falling off paddle boards. Swimming after lost paddle boards and kayaks. Explaining quantum physics and obscure mathematical theorems. Treading water. Carnivals. Driving cross-country. Building functional furniture. Being mistaken for native in foreign lands. Riding roller coasters. Frisbee and Disc Golf. Mastermind. Scrabble. Thumb-wrestling.
The first things people usually notice about me
I get 'kind eyes' a lot. People talk to me quickly and ask me for help, even when we don't know each other. It even in places where I've never been and don't speak the language.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Murakami, James Baldwin, Firefly, James Morrow, Richard Avedon, Bill Frisell, Walt Whitman, Jack Johnson, Bill Bryson, alliteration, Marvin Gaye, Sylvia Plath, Charles Wright, Fried Ice Cream - okay, any ice cream, Buster Keaton, Neil Young, Raymond Chandler, Jameson neat, Alexi Murdoch, Russell Greenan, Fnord. The Clash, Ta-Nisi Coates, Wing F. Fing, Bonobo, The National, Pasta and Bread, Christopher Moore, Wilco, Veggie Heaven(!), Emmylou Harris, Absinthe, Richard Brautigan, Pierre Jeunet, John Coltrane, especially with the Africa Brass, Dr Who, Mark Twain, Peter Greenaway, Junip/Jose Gonzalez, RadioLab, Douglas Adams, Beethoven, Robert Anton Wilson, Mezcal, Donald Barthelme, F for Fake, Kurt Vonnegut, James Turrell, Sushi, James Baldwin, Mary Oliver, Charles Mingus, Steve Earle, Coen Brothers, Massive Attack, Zoe Keating, Crab Legs, Loscil, etc
The six things I could never do without
Ω ≈ 1
D = 3
ε = .007
Q = .00001
N = 10ˆ36
Λ ≈ 10ˆ-120
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Everything. I am in love with and in awe of the world, and spend as much of my time as humanly possible seeing as much of it and learning as much about it as I can. Most of my life I have generally considered myself an optimist, but I'm also becoming more and more convinced that we've passed the point of no return and are leaving nothing but a disastrous mess for future generations. That's a dilemma it may take a while to work out.

Examples: I find it beautifully hilarious that bridal showers in Latvia include the washing of socks (there's a story, of course), and that there is a word, Mamihlapinatapai, that means, approximately, "a look shared by two people with each wishing that the other will initiate something that both desire but which neither one wants to start." How fantastic is it that there is a word for that?
On a typical Friday night I am
If I'm working, then I'm in a theater for a dance show or event, or I'm sitting at my computer editing photos. Then drinks with friends afterwards, or maybe a few games of pool. If not, then probably a run around the lake, a swim in Barton Springs and then the socializing. Or maybe watching a friend's marching band or an art car derby... It could be anything really - I run with an eclectic crowd.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
You don't wanna get mixed up with a guy like me. I'm a loner, Dottie. A rebel.
You should message me if

...are smart as hell with a smart-ass sense of humor, insatiably curious, and in a life that's a bit unconventional in one way or another (don't be bored).

...enjoy spontaneity whether or not it's well planned.

...are in the habit of taking care of yourself, eating reasonably healthy and staying active.

...are strong of mind and will, or have ever been told that you were intimidating, outspoken or opinionated.

... are ready to teach, learn, and explore together.

...know where your passport and your towel are at all times.

*A love of moving water, radical politics or guys who shave their heads are worth bonus points. Formidable kissing, scrabble, or thumb wrestling skills automatically get you past the bouncer and in the door.