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My self-summary
I am contemplative, empathic, and mindful. I'm a nerd, a hippie, a vegetarian, a programmer, a builder, a democratic socialist, a slut, a game designer, a reader, a bicyclist, a philosopher, a Minnesotan, a listener, and a optimist.

I'm always curious about what motivates people and how things work, and I enjoy making things work better and making people happy. I think that potlucks are the best kind of party.

I've never had heartbreak that wasn't worth it.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a game developer. In 2012 I moved to California to program for Cryptic Studios and helped make Neverwinter. Now I'm back in my favorite city making my own game.

Before I moved I had weekly dinner/movie nights and weekly board game nights; I'm working towards building a community here.

The game I'm making is a couch-multiplayer, cooperative, procedurally-generated 2D platformer. You can see it at
I’m really good at
I'm pretty good at math, cooking, chess, giving deep massages, wood working and carpentry, whistling, and deconstructing arguments. I'm really good at finding wonder in things and being happy.
The first things people usually notice about me
do not describe me well.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Master of None and The Getdown.

I listen to the radio shows Startup, Invisibilia, and especially This American Life. I often start a sentence with "There was an episode of This American Life..."

Lately I have been really enamored with small local multiplayer video games, like Ultimate Chicken Horse, and Moon Hunters. I like immersive western RPGs like StarControl 2, Diablo, and The Elder Scrolls, and also fast precise platformers like Mega Man X and Super Meat Boy, strategic games like Civilization and StarCraft, and lots of small clever games like FTL, Portal, Terraria, Thomas Was Alone, and Natural Selection.

My favorite books are The Caves of Steel, by Isaac Asimov, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein, The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin, Watership Down, by Richard Adams, The Children of Hurin, by JRR Tolkien, and Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card.

I enjoy almost every movie I see. The Princess Bride, Wag the Dog, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, I Heart Huckabees, Ink, The Secret of Kells, Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog are really good. I'm super into the recent trend of NASA fan movies Interstellar, Gravity, The Martian.

I'm a bit late-blooming when it comes to music. I like to dance to dance music. I like most acoustic alternative music, sappy stuff. I also like protest and folk songs, especially ones that are good for singing along. I like the Rise Up Singing songbook. Regina Spektor, Flogging Molly, Daft Punk, Tchaikovsky. I like to whistle.

I'm a vegetarian. I like Mexican food, Italian food, Indian food, Ethiopian food, and cheesy food. I like to cook and bake. I like fruit and candy.
Six things I could never do without
1. I need the weather. I don't believe that change, growth, or progress can happen without it. (suck it, California)
2. Potlucks are the best kind of party. Don't find many, but when I do...ohh boy.
3. Periodic creative outlets. Rarely the same thing twice in a row, but if I go too long without creating something I both enjoy and am proud of, I start getting anxious.
4. But without my share of sponge time, being creative is too draining. I need to be able to purely absorb stuff other people have made sometimes.
5. Being puzzled is important. And there are so many things to puzzle over!
6. Other people to share all these things with, to hold and love, and to challenge me and my ideas.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Times when natural selection is sub-optimal. Times when less efficient things are better. Furniture designs. Potential Halloween costumes. Crazy fetishes I hope someone has. Hypothetical conversations. Machine learning. How actions make people feel. Game design.
On a typical Friday night I am
Playing games with people at Glitch lounge. Maybe playtesting my game. Afterwards maybe having folks over for late night movies and dinner.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I use this username for everything. Go go gadget internet.
You should message me if
you believe that mindfulness is important,
you like biking, cooking, camping, reading, and cuddling,
you can solve for x in "x/12=3/4" in your head,
you have made art that you are proud of in the last two months,
you are bothered by how hard it is to talk to strangers (or are one of those people for whom it isn't),
you are affectionate, compassionate and empathetic,
you like to play and be silly,
you seek out community,
you like to learn new things,
you enjoy splashing in the rain or rolling in the snow,
you appreciate games,
you take pleasure in making things that other people can enjoy.

you are a vegetarian, don't drink, play chess, program computers, or have a rabbit.
The two of us