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My self-summary
Imagine a guy with a motorcycle.
I am the exact opposite of that guy.
What I’m doing with my life
Holding down a job writing code for a mid-sized company, and feeling a lot better about it than I did at my corporate behemoth prior employer. Getting better at running, lifting heavy objects, and making tasty food out of animal and plant parts. Living by myself and for myself for the first time, and doing a pretty decent job of it. Exploring a new city and, hopefully, making new friends. Planning some really nerdy fun times with cards, dice, and erasable maps.
I’m really good at
Noticing that due to the Dunning-Kruger effect, this entire section is guaranteed to be 100% inaccuracies and falsehoods...

Okay, okay, things that people who had no reason to be nice told me I was decent at: writing software and other general computery activities, playing the euphonium, studying, running role-playing games, creating food, showing up on time and waiting patiently, holding up my end of a conversation while actually listening to the other end, remembering relevant quotations from books, films, and songs, and I seem to have a curious knack for finding out about things just in time for that knowledge to be useful.
The first things people usually notice about me
The physical features that distinguish me from other people are my height (short), my build (square, moderately padded), my hair (generally shaved on top, moderately bearded, and otherwise generously fuzzed), and my fashion sense (derived entirely from Fred Rogers). After a little observation, I will probably be caught dancing, making vague kung fu gestures, or entwining myself in some bizarre fashion with the local scenery - my awareness that I am in a place where people can see me comes and goes.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I like speculative fiction and fantasy, partly because I like stories about amazing things, and partly because I like stories about competent people dealing with big problems. Terry Pratchett, John Scalzi, Neal Stephenson, Lois McMaster Bujold, and Emma Bull tend to do right by me. But I won't turn up my nose at other things, and I've been meaning to drill into Project Gutenberg and load up on some classics. I also read a lot of comics, in many varieties. It pleases my brain to be stimulated with words and pictures at the same time.
I like some dumb fun: Shaolin Soccer and Ong Bak spring to mind. I also like movies that tell stories in interesting ways: Memento and anything by Satoshi Kon. And I like movies that show me lots of strange things: City of Lost Children for instance. I like to read horror stories, but I can't watch horror movies - they're too intense.
I don't watch much television these days, but I do watch the Daily Show because it makes me laugh at things I'd otherwise be crying about. I like to stay informed, so I listen to NPR while I commute, and download podcasts of Fresh Air, On the Media, This American Life, and Radiolab.
Frankly, if it has a beat I can dance to, I'm OK with it. In hip-hop I like Aesop Rock, Atmosphere, and Lyrics Born; in techno, Paul Oakenfold and the Boom Boom Satellites; in rock, the pillows, Zilch, and Queen; in pop, The Beatles (but who doesn't like the Beatles), Imogen Heap, and Jem; in bluegrass, Bela Fleck and Nickel Creek. Just... not abstract sound collage, please.
I will try anything once, and I like most of what I try. I have a limited tolerance for spicy food, though, and I will never like potatoes au gratin.
Six things I could never do without
Like most animals, I require oxygen, water, and various macro and micronutrients to live, but that's not really what this question is about, is it?

Here are the six relatively trivial things I assign unusual importance to:
- My smartphone, without which I would become hopelessly lost whenever I went out anywhere new, and with which I am much braver in my travels.
- My multitool, a gift from a dear friend, which I keep with me because I never need it when I have it.
- The internet, eternal wellspring of wonders and distractions.
- A kitchen, in which to cook with more enthusiasm than skill.
- Books, or the means to procure them.
- A friendly ear to listen to the things that boil up from my overheated brain.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Everything. If it's worth noticing, it's worth thinking about. Even if it isn't. But particularly, I think often about the reasons why good people do bad things, and why people don't treat each other as people. And when I'm not being so dreadfully serious, I think about how imaginary things work.
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably staying up way too late in front of my computer. But sometimes, visiting friends, or having them over for dinner and movies or games.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I don't have it all figured out. People treat me like an adult, but I don't know what being an adult means, and I don't know what's more frightening: that I'm the only one who doesn't know, or that I'm not.

Also, Pandora discovered that I like Journey.
You should message me if
... based on the limited information presented here, you have formed a positive impression of me, and wish to correspond on topics of mutual interest. You can be sure that I will respond in a timely and congenial manner.
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