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My self-summary
I am, to quote a friend, "multi-faceted." No no, I don't mean like a diamond. I mean like some kind of alien-spacecraft-propelling crystal, with protrusions and branches and maybe even some bits that duck into the fourth dimension and come back out over there. I tend to think around corners and through keyholes, which is great for figuring out how to get the best deal on airfare, or how to fix the iPhone that somebody dropped into the pool, but less good for remembering to pick up the drycleaning on the way home from work.

I am a serial entrepreneur, inventor, artist, graphic designer, game designer, and visionary*. I know English well enough to be a published author as well as a professional editor, and Ruby and SQL well enough for people to pay me for that. I start things (like science fiction conventions), and charm other people into coming along for the ride. Yes, that means I'm a little weak on the follow-through, but you'll laugh even as you shake your head, and then nudge me back over to that unfinished project. I'll ignore it for days, then suddenly pounce on it, get it all finished up and wrapped in a bow, and leap to the next project before you catch your breath.

I would not be surprised to learn that some of my ancestors included Jules Verne, Leonardo da Vinci, and Willy Wonka.

*Yes, it's easy to claim to be a visionary. I, however, have a certificate on my wall to back me up; I was awarded "Outstanding Recent Alumnus" by my alma mater for "Visionary Work in the Arts and Sciences." I'm not sure if being a Certified Visionary is actually a Good Thing, though. Hmm.
What I’m doing with my life
December is typesetting month, when I typeset textbooks for a publishing company. Much of the rest of the time is spent working on the game accessory business I accidentally created a couple of years ago on Kickstarter. This coming year, I want to find time to re-launch the dot-com startup company that I worked on for about a decade. Its time has come.

In the long term, I intend to become an Artist. This does sound rather, er, dubious when I say it out loud, but a few years ago I realized that I've been spinning off objets d'Art all my life, but hadn't really thought of them in that sense. More recently, I realized that it's going to be nearly impossible to find any kind of 9-to-5 job-with-paycheck that taps into even 40% of the skills I currently have.

When I look back at what I've done so far, the projects that have been generally the most personally successful have also tended to be the ones that were most atypical. I'm at my best when I'm doing what other people won't, or can't, do. Thus, my current plan to work my way toward constructing what might be described as robotic music boxes, sort of.
I’m really good at
I'm going to try to dash off a fairly short (for me) answer here, and come back and rewrite it after getting some other things de-blanked.


-Handyman stuff

-Database schema design

-Collaborative Filtering

-Recognizing opportunities, and then being able to describe the distant goal and the steps needed to reach that goal to others, so that they can share the vision and help achieve it.

-Learning. As in, deciding I need to know about X, throwing myself headlong into research, gulping down huge armloads of information, and converting it all into knowledge in improbably short periods of time.

-Game development and design.

-Typesetting and typography.
The first things people usually notice about me
It kind of has to be my height, because unless somebody first meets me when I'm sitting down, they're gonna spot that long before I can actually _say_ anything to them.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books, or rather authors: Niven, Bujold, Brust, Pratchett. Generally SF or science books.

Movies: The Incredibles, Hercules, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Labyrinth.

Music: Oh, gracious. Huey Lewis, Michael W. Smith, Eurhythmics. Dianne Schuur, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston. P!nk, Gaga, Katy Perry. Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Doc Severinsen. Eminem. Usher.

Food: food? Mashed potatoes and gravy. A simple burger. Lasagna. Cheesecake. Kool-aid, esp. mixing lemonade with mango (only available in Mexico & South America). The classic turkey dinner. Chicken Tikka Masala.
Six things I could never do without
1. Computers. Not just 'the internet,' but the amazing marvelous magic that is the modern computer. Cell phones, data mining, 3-D rendering, digital music synthesis; so many phenomenal things have evolved from being able to do math really really really fast.

2. Music. Years ago, I asked myself if I'd rather be deaf or blind, and it was a very hard call. Give up music? It seemed too much to ask.

I'm not at all sure there *are* six things I could never do without, because I have a ferocious imagination. I can, and have, run uncountable "what if?" scenarios in my head, from deaths in the family to various varieties of Armageddon. (If a meteor hits the planet, I know which car I'm getting in, where I'm going for gas, what route I'm taking out of the city, and where I'm headed, for example.) Which leads me to choose "Imagination" for #3. I *could* be dumber (a la 'Flowers for Algernon'), but being less creative, well, all right, I've run that scenario too. I could, in fact, do without it, but it would really suck.

4. The hope of love. This one I don't need imagination for. There was a period of time in my life when it wasn't clear to me if I was ever going to love somebody who wasn't a relative. The thought would cross my mind that maybe I was a kind of somebody who didn't, or couldn't, "fall in love." And I would shy away from that thought; veer away from considering it, because if I thought about it, I might reach a conclusion, and part of me was terrified that I might decide the answer was "true." Even the *potential* for that answer was enough to be corrosive to my soul.

I now know the answer is "false." I am, indeed, quite capable of falling in love. It has happened once. It can happen again. I don't need to be in love right now, today. I just need to know it's possible.

5. Laughter. Whether I'm laughing, or I've made somebody else laugh, I just can't imagine a world with out giggles, grins, snickers, guffaws, chortles, and the bemused glance.

6. Six? Hmm. I guess I'll go with "oxygen," just so I can say I have met the requirements of the question. So there, tricky question! Ha ha!
I spend a lot of time thinking about
everything! About microtransit and galactic clusters. About why bathtubs have the drain on the wrong end, and why cats don't come in different sizes like dogs do. Why electric cars are better than most people know, and why everybody thinks they need to be able to go 150 miles in one when they never actually do that. About what one can do with leftover granite, and why only Target thinks medicine bottles ought to be some color other than brown. About how much nicer it would be to read email if more people would get digital certificates. About what it's like to be somebody else. About "Conjunction Junction" and "Lady Marmalade." About HTML5 and Ruby 1.9. About normalization. About blood serum half life. About the psychology of color, and the secrets of iridescence.

And I spend a lot of time thinking about thinking. It's trés meta.
On a typical Friday night I am
playing board games with friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Hrm. Very well. I have a collection of erotic underwear. Yes, for myself.
You should message me if
you like surprises, you don't get especially concerned if I don't get back to you right away every time, you're okay with somebody who makes mistakes as long as they're willing to apologize for them, you prefer something beautiful or special to something fast or easy, and you have a sense of adventure.

You should RE-message me if we were having an interesting chat, but I seem to have stopped responding in the middle of the conversation. Yes, some people do that because they aren't really interested, but they can't bring themselves to say so directly. I, on the other hand, am easily distracted and rather forgetful, so when I do that, it's because I forgot to write back. I have startled many friends and acquaintances by how appreciative I have been by their nudges; they were expecting a more typical "quit nagging me!" response.
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