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My self-summary
I've been in Los Angeles for about 3 years now - ex New Orleans, left after a spot of bad weather there. So far I'm liking Southern California, for the pace, the folks and the sheer stuff to do. The SCUBA for one, the music for another.

What I miss from New Orleans was being able to get together with people at a whim. I'd gotten used to being able to call friends up after work and get together for coffee, or drinks or a game. Now, everyone I know lives an hour away and plans everything out days in advance. Besides that, I haven't been dancing in far too long.

I do like that Trader Joe's packages worthwhile single malts. I got to get my straight razor reground in a Blade Runner set.

I know the transmission control protocol well enough to explain it to anyone interested. And know well enough that no one really is.

And I do like to explain things, although I've resignedly learned to rein that in more than a little. Asking for an explanation of something is a sure fire way to cheer me up.

By nature I'm somewhat reserved, especially in regards to public postings. Which I suppose contributes to the brevity of these snippets.

I play board games, I'm a systems administrator, a programmer, (recently employed at a really exciting start up) and role playing game designer. I refuse to be charmingly self-deprecating about any of the above.

I am thinky, odd, and sincere
What I’m doing with my life
Most important, is building a home with my girlfriend and our chosen family.

I'm a Linux sysadmin by day. I've got some game designs in progress, and am lucky enough to participate in a weekly design circle.

I've got collection of board games the size of which is slightly embarrassing, and from time to time I host games nights, although not as often as I'd like.
I’m really good at
Listening to what people are saying, and figuring out what they mean by it. Anticipating what people will get out of what I'm saying. And I can't help being compersive.

Grace of limb and mind. Teaching things. Conversation, although I enjoy small talk more than I'm good at it.

Elegant solutions to the elaborate conundrums I build for myself in code.
The first things people usually notice about me
People get the initial impression, I'm told, that I'm a little arrogant - and that they get over it as they get to know me better. I think that's because I'm shy, but I overcome my shyness to get things done.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I have a hard time picking favorite anythings.

I like Richard Powers and Tim Powers, Richard Pullman and John Brunner, Elizabeth Hand, Ian McDonald and William Faulkner.

I can't spend enough time in a movie theater.

I miss the 200GB of mp3s I left back in the Crescent City.

I don't like sweetbreads much, and I think that's the end of the list of food I don't like.
Six things I could never do without
Love, curiosity, freckles, and doubt... which I only can quote because it was a footnote in a piece of interactive fiction.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The right way to do things. I can't help toying with the consequences not only of my own actions but also things going on in our culture at large, and trying to figure out why certain things are happening, and how we might produce better results, a better world. And of course, how to effect that change, as well.

I do tend to think of large cultural systems as games, and I'm beginning to see how a broken system is like a broken game, and that the way to impose change as a player is to find a strategy that exploits that broken-ness.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I think there aren't enough cannibalism jokes.
You should message me if
You've got the spunk and spine to survive me. You don't want to be second guessed - I'm too prone to it, and I can't afford to try. On the upside, I'm very optimistic about people, and fiendishly loyal to those that don't dash my expectations.

You'd like a response. I'll reply to any good faith message in kind.

Or you just can't sleep either.
The two of us