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My self-summary
If you didn't pick it up from my pictures, I'm very beardy. It's not just that I have a beard, it's more that my beard is a necessary aspect of my face and my personality as well. I wouldn't be the same person I am today if it weren't for my beard, that I truly believe.

I must also say i'm one of the most laid-back people I know. Some people call it lazy, but I don't put much stock in those people. My laid-back tendency is distinctly different from laziness. To be fair, I can be quite lazy, but even when I'm getting things done I always like to take it at a smooth pace. It's just kind of the way I am.

I'm also very much an agnostic. I was raised by my Christian mother so I still have some moral holdovers from that, but there came a day when I realized that there were some significant areas in which morally and intellectually I could not reconcile the Bible with what I experienced to be true, particularly when it comes to the science of the origin of life and to the equality of all people regardless of sex, gender or orientation. I also believe in race equality, for the record, but I don't think the Bible has as much of an inherent disagreement with that. I consider myself atheist to an extent because in my experience perfect beings don't exist. I do enjoy discussions involving philosophy, theology and science or any combination of those. Especially science though.

I am a scientist, philosopher and human.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm currently working on a dual major in Electrical Engineering and German. At first I just studied engineering, but I decided I wanted to have travel so I figured a foreign language would do me good. Since then I studied in Munich for a year and also visited China during that time so I'd say it's working out well so far.

Just finished a semester long internship at a German university dealing with robot vision, programming mechanical design and game design. Pretty all over the place haha.
I’m really good at
Thinking. I love it. It's certainly an underrated practice. It seems far too many try to go through their lives avoiding it whenever possible. I couldn't imagine living without thinking. Much like Descartes, I find the proof for my existence in my ability to think and reason. I find no concrete proof for your existence, but that's another story.

I'm also really good at detail-oriented tasks. I'm a math guru, I memorize things fairly easily and I can follow a map like nobody's business (i suppose that's more spatial reasoning, but whatever). I also find that so long as I pay attention, I can usually retrace my steps pretty effectively, though if I'm distracted, which is not uncommon, this ability drops sharply.

I speak German fluently, though I've gotten a bit rusty since I've been back for a couple years.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm somewhat tall, standing at 6'1", so I suppose that's somewhat noticeable. I also have a very narrow waist and broad-shoulders which I think gives my body a nice overall shape. My most prominent feature is my nice brown beard and full head of longish hair. Maybe some other stuff too.

Personality-wise I'm quite a nerd. I can be a bit shy and awkward, but if you want to talk science or video games or sci fi or anime I'm usually pretty excited. Someone once compared my conversation/humor style with long-form improv. I'll take it, though that kind of interaction doesn't normally happen right at first.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, HHG2G by Douglas Adams, Memory and Dream by Charles De Lint, Homebody by Orson Scott Card, The Fountainhead Ayn Rand, Looking for Alaska by John Green and so on

Movies/TV: The Labyrinth (and just about anything else by Jim Henson), Hook, Stranger Than Fiction, Young Frankenstein, Fight Club, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Shawn of the Dead, The Meaning of Life, Dr. Strangelove, Wristcutters, Star Trek (TOS and TNG. that's right biches, i'll say it, i like both), Arrested Development, Avatar, The Daily Show, Dead Like Me, Brazil, Inglorious Basterds, and so on

Music: Alice Cooper; Amanda Palmer; America; Arlo Guthrie; Bach; Beatles; Beethoven; Ben Folds; Billy Joel; Bing Crosby; Chicago; Chuck Berry; CCR; David Bowie; Doobie Brothers; Earth, Wind & Fire; Elton John; Fiona Apple; Flight of the Conchords (that show is amazing and i'll fight anyone who says otherwise); Frank Sinatra; Gilbert O'Sullivan; Gorillaz; Herman's Hermits; Iz; James Taylor; Joe Cocker; John Lennon; Johnny Cash; Legend of Zelda Soundtrack; Louis Armstrong; Ludo; Michael Jackson; Muppet Treasure Island Soundtrack; Nat King Cole; Paul McCartney & the Wings; Paul Simon; Pink Floyd; Queen; REM; Ray Charles; Regina Spektor; Simon & Garfunkle; Tenacious D; Three Dog Night; Tim Curry; Trans-Siberian Orchestra; Twisted Sister; White Stripes; Wild Cherry; William Shatner (that's at least most of the major ones).

Food: I like a lot of foods: Italian, Chinese, Mexican, Indian, Cajun, and pretty much any other cuisine. One major thing I don't like is anything containing large pieces, like big chunks of potato. It could taste great, but it's hard for me to get over that sort of texture. Also, I am not vegetarian, but I definitely limit my meat consumption because first of all the average American diet has way too much meat in it and I also realize real moral reasons for not eating meat, but I'm not hardcore enough to cut it out altogether.

Video Games (because i must): any of the zeldas except majora's mask (ocarina of time remains, in my mind, pretty much the best game ever); any of the metroids (and yes, i have played and beat metroid prime 3: corruption and it is awesome); star fox; super mario rpg: legend of the seven stars (and any other mario game for super nintendo including all stars); kirby superstar; super smash bros (original, melee, or brawl . . . it doesn't really matter they're all pure magic); kingdom hearts; all of the final fantasys except 9; starcraft (as far as i'm concerned it's the holy grail of pc games and i can't wait for starcraft II to be released); chrono trigger (wanna play chrono cross); battle cars; the descents; descent: freespace (it's a completely different class of game than the others); halo; pokemon snap; suikoden 1, 2, and 3 (i have yet to play 4 or 5, but i'm optimistic); all the donkey kong games through dk 64 (haven't played beyond that); every classic-style megaman since 7 (before that they're just too awkward); shadowrun (for snes); tales of symphonia; chrono cross and . . . psh, others too.

(Any questions, feel free to ask.)
Six things I could never do without
for long:

my car
family (we're pretty tight)
cigarettes (working on that . . addiction's a bitch)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Life, the universe and everything. I tend to be very thoughtful and internal. I already said it, I just love thinking. I love to look at the world as if I were seeing it for the first time. Like trying not to take anything for granted. It's tough to do, but whenever I succeed in some small way it always makes for an interesting perspective.

I also like to think about all the assumptions that make daily life possible that aren't necessarily true. For instance, there's the chance that none of my memories happened. Originally I discounted that because I figured they must be happening because I'm forming new ones all the time, but the more I think about it the more I realize that any given instant could actually be the first instance of my existence and everything before that is just artificial memory. I think therefore I am, but that doesn't necessarily mean I was.
On a typical Friday night I am
Typically I stay in and watch TV/Movies or play video games or read. I like to go out now and then, but I don't often have someone to go with. Also, frankly, I'm not exactly rolling in money so it doesn't hurt to stay in.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Would not be very private. I can be very internal and guarded so it can be difficult to admit something private in private, much less on a public profile.
You should message me if
I'm pretty open to being messaged. I can't promise that I'll open a lasting dialogue (it says i misspelled dialogue . . . ) with you, but I will almost definitely respond. Right now I'd really like to hear from people who are in favor of actually meeting in person. I can correspond over the internet, but I am more in favor of direct contact. Besides, I really think I am more enjoyable in person anyway.

(Please, if you decide to message me, make it a comment or a question or something. A new person messaging "sup" or "how are you" doesn't do much for starting conversations)
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