I'm a big geek (pun intended), and a bit of a nerd--the sort of person who, when faced with something he doesn't know, will often go look it up (though I have to wait until I get home, since I still have a dumb phone) [EDIT] Now have a smart phone for work, so I can look things up on the go! However, still hanging onto the dummy, for the time being. As such, I'm possessed of quite a bit of seemingly random and often useless knowledge. Almost none of that involves recent pop culture, which means I get a lot of softball questions wrong in Trivial Pursuit. I've recently realized that I remember things best as stories, and can recall some things in quite a lot of detail.
I love to read, play video games, tabletop and boardgames. I also like to go hiking, camping, and otherwise exploring--by car or on foot, preferring the latter. I'd prefer walking across town, or even from one end of Manhattan to the other to taking a train, bus, cab, or a drive, particularly on nice days...and snowy ones.
I love snow! Not just the beauty of it from inside a snug room (that's good, too!), but the stillness it can bring to the world and that particular crispness in the air.
I've done some traveling that has included 10 countries, and almost half of the States. Places I'd still like to go/things I'd still like to do: see the redwoods [EDIT]: as per my newer main profile pic, I have finally gotten to see the majestic redwoods and sequoias of Muir Woods! and many of the other sights of the Pacific Northwest, visit China and Japan, explore Western Europe (mostly to see castles and open countryside), and return to Northern Europe to spend much more time there than I have.
I can be a sarcastic ass sometimes, but I'm never a douchebag. This has been firmly established by several corroborating sources. And, no, they are not the same thing.
Also, I'm a nice guy, and a good person, being earnest (sometimes laughably so), honest and open, but that isn't to say that I'm JUST a nice guy, or a pushover. I may be a Boy Scout, but there's nothing in the Scout Law that says I can't be mischievous or wicked.
I'm irreverent, quixotic, intelligent, analytical, imaginative and kind.
Working for a major solar company, trying to save the world from global climate change (and put some cash back into people's pockets) one rooftop at a time! Between the work iPhone and the work laptop, I've finally made it into the 21st century!
Also working for a non-profit that runs bike events and free cycling classes, getting stuff set-up and making sure everyone has a great ride!
Trying to get in quality time with busy friends and family whenever possible.
-Telling stories: some people really enjoy this. I promise, you're allowed to interrupt me if you've heard it already.
-Driving: I've driven cars, large vans, and up to 24-foot trucks professional for events for about 10 years, and with no accidents.
-Listening: sometimes people who like to talk can't listen, but I'm happy to do so.
-Problem solving/dealing with fucked up situations rationally and (somewhat) calmly--I'm the guy you want at your house party when someone notices water cascading down the stairs!
-Remembering random shit, like specific conversations from years ago (both what the dialogue was, and where we were), interesting facts, uninteresting facts, useful facts, useless facts, back-solving through a conversation of hours to find where we left off a topic...wish I could fine tune the recording process...
-Forgetting what I was doing that day last week.
-Drawing, although I'm not satisfied with this. I've done some charcoal portraiture, but not in a while. Mostly it's been pencil drawings with fantasy/sci-fi themes.
-Writing, though, clearly, not condensing.
-Tutoring (I've had some serious success with my students)
-Kissing: wouldn't put this here without corroboration ;)
-Hugging; I give good bear hugs
-Games: all kinds. I tend to pick games up quickly, and can engage with deeper strategies faster than most people I know, which means teaching me a new game isn't going to guarantee you wins.
-Making bad jokes. Some friends once prostrated themselves before me in the name of the "Father of the god of bad jokes."
-Scrabble and Pictionary!
-Building a fire.
I'm sure there's more, but I'm getting a bit long winded in this profile already, and there are more fields yet to go, so onward!
-Being long winded/verbose.
Some things I'm NOT good at:
-Navigating the LES.
-Punctuality (working on it!).
-Dressing appropriately for the weather (also making progress here).
Many people often comment on my intelligence.
Others on my usually calm, laid-back attitude.
I strike many people as being a nice person.
Apparently, some view me as being intense. I guess that comes from being passionate about the things that are important to me.
The rolling billboard I drive now.
First, a note on preferences...I hate stories whose plots are advanced solely, or primarily through stupidity as a device. I don't mean a character acting stupidly, yet in line with their being, but the [my] perception that they are acting stupidly just to advance the plot. I realize most people don't care about this, as the stupidity is usually used to get the thing moving along or to sow tension, but I'd rather an extra 20 minutes of film or 100 pages of story, for a plausible advancement.
Books: The Lord of the Rings, Le Morte d' Arthur, The Volsunga Saga, American Gods, Dune, His Dark Materials, A Song of Ice and Fire (GRRM is a fucking bastard! but I love the books!); I, Robot; The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, and The Once and Future King.
Currently taking a break from reading Orlando Furioso Part 2, and devouring Star Wars novels. Yeah, most are poorly written, but they're fun, and I'm kind of hooked.
Comics: Spider-man (not in a long while), XKCD, Darwin Carmichael Is Going To Hell, Preacher, Watchmen.
Movies: UNFORGIVEN, Alien, Django, The Blues Brothers, Spirited Away, Totoro, A Nightmare Before Christmas, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner, The Last Unicorn, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Really Rosie, and Dr. Strangelove OR How I Learned to Stop Worrying and LOVE The Bomb (!!!!!)
TV: Justified, 30 Rock, Burn Notice, Suits, Family Guy, Law and Order (original or SVU), NCIS, Firefly, Boardwalk Empire, and Dexter. I'm almost always very late (read: the last person in the civilized world) to get into a particular TV show.
The Daily Show and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
Music: The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Howlin' Wolf, James Brown, The Velvet Underground, Tchaikovsky, The Grass Roots, Nobuo Uematsu (points if you know who this guy is and what he's composed for!), Carole King, Bowie, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Richard Wagner, and The Two Man Gentlemen Band. Oh, and Sylvana Joyce + The Moment!!! http://www.facebook.com/sjandthemoment?ref=ts&fref=ts
Also recently: The Tolkien Ensemble--great musical scores about some of my favorite material (or FROM), AND the peerless vocals of Chistopher Lee?!
Games: Final Fantasy (VII, IX, X, V in that order of preference), DDO, Lunar: Sliver Star Story Complete, Metal Gear Solid, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (any of them), Bust-a-Move, Skyrim, Super Street Fighter II Turbo.
Food: Chinese, dim sum (deserves its own category) Japanese, Mexican, Italian, Thai, grilled cheese, (CANDIED!) bacon (!!), chocolate milk, cognac, and Breyer's Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream
2. Paper and pencil (one item) for drawing or jotting down ideas. Yeah, I've not gone over wholly to being ruled by machines. Addendum: I find myself more frequently taking notes in the notepad on my phone.
3. My PC for keeping in touch with friends, family, the world at large, gaming and what SHOULD be the ubiquitous inclusion here by many more people than will admit it: porn. I went there.
4. Variety in scenery, food, entertainment.
5. Education/my desire to know. Not technically a "thing," but I've never been a big believer in the whole "ignorance is bliss" schtick.
6. A comfortable pair of shoes. Remember when I said that I walk a lot?
7. Some way to play and listen to music.
8. Getting some time in to get out to nature--I love the city (THIS city), but I need trees and rivers and mountains as well.
Yes, I can count. No, I don't care.
Okay, let's be a little more specific.
Is my house set-up suitably to defend against the imminent zombie apocalypse? (I think so!)
Cool developments out in the world of health and technology.
Shitty stagnation in the world of politics. Why are our best news sources a pair of comedians named, John? How the FUCK is America going to climb out of this cesspool it has been wallowing in for over a decade and get its shit back together?
Girls. Sex. Love.
An assortment of random geekery. (tabletop RPG characters and storylines, sci-fi/fantasy books, movies, comics...).
Nature: what is natural, and what isn't, why we (people) feel the need to subvert nature at every turn--particularly our own--and when I'll be getting out to see more nature.
Why do we insist on defining ourselves in terms of our differences from one another to the point that it causes strife, rather than looking to our similarities?
How the point of nearly every organized religion has been lost in a mire of human pettiness and bullshit over the centuries, and why people still cling too much to the tattered fragments that make the human experience unpleasant or awkward, yet discard the beautiful bits that promote togetherness.
How people can continue to read the anti-climate change nonsense and believe it when the people pushing it are on the payrolls of the oil, gas, and coal industries, and how discouraging it is to know that half of our country buys into corporate propaganda. I've recently started paying more attention to the "opposition," reading articles and speaking with people from hotbeds for this sort of thinking, and realize that a large part of this stems from being inundated with crap like Fox.
What IS the meaning of life? Does it matter? What is the question?
In or out. Playing a game solo or with friends (at someone's place, a cafe, in a park, or in a fancy hotel lounge). Reading or binging on some TV/Netflix. Maybe going for a walk. I could be cooking dinner with a friend or wandering around town someplace.
I really enjoy going out to eat!
One of those was a joke.
Oh, and I don't like beer. I know, I know. Everyone gives me shit for that, but I've tried probably dozens, of all varieties, and they all just taste like different versions of the same thing I don't like. Except once, when I tried a beer that tasted like bacon...that was a strong contender for winning me over, and I had a few more sips, but then I just went to get bacon, and our brief fling came to an abrupt conclusion.
Have been referred to as a "geek on the streets, and a freak between the sheets."
Being into gaming (video, board, card, or tabletop varieties), or other general geekery is a plus!
Oh, and please don't star-rate me, as I won't be able to see who did so. Just send me a message if that's your inclination. I'm still getting those "Someone chose you!" e-mails...