viashno
29 Sunderland, United States
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My self-summary
Just your standard motorcycle-riding, rock-climbing, sword-fighting, tree-hugging hippie.

I'm into geekery of all sorts, from sci-fi to Miyazaki to gaming (tabletop, video games, board games, it's all good). I'm fascinated by all things science, and will totally nerd out with you over the possible implications and applications of whatever new study/experiment was published this week.

Nature is my happy space. Camping, hiking, fishing, spending a day at the beach, it's all wonderful. I walk slowly, taking in everything. I stop to listen to the birds, or to see if there's a reason that tree is growing at a strange angle. Cities are fun to visit, but it would be a challenge for me to live in one; when I got to college it took me a couple weeks to be able to sleep easily due to all the ambient light and noise.
What I’m doing with my life
Got my degree in mechanical engineering. Now I'm working designing and developing databases for schools.

In my free time, I do some rock climbing, SCA fighting (yes it's nerdy, but putting on armor and hitting your friends with sticks is still fun), gaming of various sorts, and riding my motorcycle whenever possible.
I’m really good at
Trying new things. Thinking outside the box. Messing up an entire contra dance line.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
A.) Good sci-fi, like the Ender's Game series or Snowcrash. Good fantasy, like Tolkein, The Winter King, and The Dresden Files. Graphic Novels such as Watchmen or Transmetropolitan.

B.) Boondock Saints, Equilibrium, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Cannibal the Musical, Full Metal Jacket, Shaun of the Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy.

C.) John Coltrane, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink Floyd, Gogol Bordello, Soundgarden, Blind Guardian, Cake, System of a Down, The Cranberries, Bach, Morphine, Saul Williams, Emancipator. Country is basically the one genre I still struggle with as a whole.

D.) Tacos, vindaloo, good chocolate, cookies, ice cream, tea.

E.) Because it's relevant, favorite quotes:
"Ideals are like stars: you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you reach your destiny." Carl Schurz
The six things I could never do without
Mystery. Not as in murder mysteries, but things that I can't explain. They help maintain my sense of wonder with the world.

Something to investigate. I maintain a healthy level of curiosity. I'm always looking for new things to learn. If I'm out walking, I will stop, frequently, to check out how that plant is growing out of that rock, or to see if those critter prints lead somewhere.

New foods. I'm a foodie, and I love trying new things.

Good/Fun Music, and a set of earbuds.

Countryside. I spent most of my formative years in suburbia. It was not a good match.

Fun modes of transportation. I love my motorcycle, and my car. Neither are track monsters, or anything like that, but they accelerate fast enough to give me a bit of a flutter in my belly (and are still relatively eco-friendly). I also sit over or just behind the wings on planes so I can watch the control surfaces do their thing.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Good times I've had, random songs which pop into my head, this is assuming that I'm actually thinking at all and not just randomly staring into space...which happens more often than I'd like to admit.

I used to debate which is cooler snow or thunderstorms...then thundersnow came to my attention, and having recently witnessed said phenomenon, I can truthfully say that indeed, thundersnow is greater than the sum of its parts. So now I spend a lot of time thinking about thundersnow.

How to survive a zombie invasion...you mock me now, but when you're shuffling around looking for brains, I'll still be alive, and have my brain, and you'll be all sorts of jealous.

And motorcycles. Sometimes, when I can't actually be riding my motorcycle actively at that moment, I'll pretend I am, and make the rumbling noises in my head, or if no one's around to judge me, out loud.
You should message me if
It's all fair game, think I'm a dumbass, tell me, I can take it, and it's good to see differing view points. Agree with me on something, let me know, it's nice to know there are similar minds out there.

Also, if you ride a motorcycle, and want someone else to ride with, please! I really want more people to enjoy the sport with. Same goes for rock climbing. Regardless of romantic compatibility.
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