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 enjoy 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 full armor and hitting your friends with sticks is still fun), and gaming of various sorts.
I’m really good at
Trying new things. Thinking outside the box. Messing up an entire contra dance line.
The first things people usually notice about me
At a guess, my shaved head or my beard.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
A.) Ender's Game Series, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, American Gods, Anansi Boys, The Hobbit, Watchmen, Transmetropolitan, Snowcrash, A Song of Ice and Fire, whatever I'm reading (or listening to...I get most of my 'reading' done through audio books, these days) at the moment.

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

C.) John Coltrane, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Herbie Hancock, Gogol Bordello, Flogging Molly, Soundgarden, Blind Guardian, Cake, Tool, System of a Down, The Cranberries, Nonpoint, Bach, Iron Maiden, Morphine (mmmm...baritone sax), Saul Williams, Emancipator, lots of other stuff.

D.) Tacos, vindaloo, good chocolate, cookies, ice cream, good 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
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 still get better gas mileage than a car that isn't a hybrid or electric). I also sit over or just behind the wings on planes so I can watch the control surfaces do their thing.

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

Good/Fun Music, and a set of earbuds.

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.

Mystery. Not as in murder mysteries, but things that I can't explain. Partially because it's something to investigate (see above), but also partially because these things increase my sense of wonder with the world.

Countryside. I spent most of my formative years in suburbia. It was not a good match.
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.
On a typical Friday night I am
Playing in a table-top RPG, hosting a party, going to a party, playing video games, going to bed early to get ready for some awesome shit on Saturday....
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I try to be completely honest, and if you have a question, ask. I may choose to not answer, but I'll let you know if that's the case.
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 (not an innuendo), please! I really want more people to enjoy the sport with. Same goes for rock climbing. Regardless of romantic compatibility.
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