Have you ever heard of George R. Price? He had what I still consider to be the most ironic life story ever. He was a chemist by training, and he was an atheist. (His religious beliefs are important to the story, I promise.) Seemingly out of nowhere, he made a major breakthrough in theoretical biology. With no training in population genetics or statistics, he created the Price Equation. With this came a sexy new way to mathematically model the evolutionary change of nearly any given trait in a population, providing insight into how these traits evolve and effect the population. Among his models is what is still widely regarded as the best model representing the evolution of altruism. This model basically shows how human kindness is likely just another evolutionary tool used to further ones own genes. (I won't bore you with the details.)
It's almost like he stole a page out of God's notebook... Which is funny, because he thought the same thing. Because of his lack of training, Price became convinced that his sudden breakthrough in evolution theory was, in fact, a gift from God. (He also holds the record for "Most Ironic Religious Experience.") He gave God credit for his sudden understanding, despite the nature of the understanding itself. It's as if God explained how and why his own existence was unnecessary in the evolution of life, and how unmiraculous things like true human kindness are. Why he chose to convert to Christianity in particular is up for debate. Some time later, he became obsessed with helping the homeless, allowing them to live in his own house. It seems like he was intentionally trying to contradict his own evolutionary model of altruism, but this is just speculation on my part. Eventually, he lost his house due to a construction project and became depressed largely because of his inability to help the poor. Shortly after Christmas, he committed suicide using a pair a nail scissors.
So why do I have this at the start of my self-summary? Well, I think it's a good example of the kinds of things I find interesting. I also like to use it as an ice breaker of sorts. Anyway, let's get to the part about me.
My worst enemy is boredom, which I go to great lengths to avoid. My weapons against boredom include video games, rock climbing, role-playing games (such as D&D and Pathfinder), random Wikipedia entries, programming projects, paintball, artificial intelligence related research and so on. I'll do many random things to fight boredom. For example, I once tried to learn sign language for no particular reason. (I've forgotten most of it.)
I think OKC's personality test has me pretty well pegged, for the most part. I'm also an INTP, if you're into over-generalized personality categories.
Warning: When I learn something new that I think is interesting, I sometimes tend to explain it at people regardless of whether they'll understand it or not. Girlfriends are often subjected to this. To some, this is a bonus. To others, not so much.
Note: There is a story behind my username. It's not something I chose at random.
-Cooking: This mostly applies to meats, grilling, and frying. (Hopefully no offense to vegetarians.)
-Rock climbing: I'm not pro level, but I usually climb in the V3-V5 range, which is enough to make some beginners think that I'm Spider-Man.
Books: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Slaughterhouse Five, A Song of Fire and Ice, Old Man's War, Ender's Game, Watchmen, stuff like that. Mostly sci-fi.
Movies: Pulp Fiction, Fight Club, Amélie, Pan's Labyrinth, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Princess Bride, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Her, and so on.
Shows: Breaking Bad, Firefly, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Wilfred, South Park, Samurai Champloo.
Something to look forward to
Things to ponder about
I'll come up with the last two later. Why six? Seems like a really arbitrary number.
Feel free to hit me with a neat quote or an interesting/unusual fact. Maybe a Netflix or book suggestion. You know, whatever. Also, if you play any rpg, I badly need a group.