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My self-summary
I've got a girlfriend I'm happy with. I'm here because I like to read and occasionally critique profiles, I also like to look at the answers people give to the questions. IMO, it beats the hell out of watching TV. (I frequently click "You might like..." over on the sidebar)

Aside from being nosy, I've got opposable thumbs and I'm not afraid to use them.

I'm really good at making things — jewelry, bookcases, tilework, drawing, etc... (except making money—but I'd probably be really good at that, too, at least until the Treasury department tracked me down)

I score as an INTP on the MBTI.

I'm pretty good at explaining complicated things.

Spectator sports, generally, BORE me. It's like watching other people eat — where is the fun in that? Apparently I'm the only guy on the planet that feels that way. I can't figure out the appeal, and I've tried. Oh well, life goes on.

I read books like most people watch TV. If you are interested, you can see what I've been reading here http://www.shelfari.com/cirrostratus/shelf. And yes, I read an awful lot o' crap. Shelfari rocks, btw. I highly recommend it to any book lover.

I'm primarily vegetarian for a variety of reasons ranging from health, ethics, and the environment. I've got nothing against people who eat meat, however, except for the ones who ask idiotic questions like, "But what do you eat?" Pretty much everything on your plate except for the serving of meat. It's not exactly rocket science.

I gave up drinking and all recreational pharmaceuticals many decades ago (mainly because I liked them all, much too much).

I'm left of center, anti-authoritarian, & find the universe amazing enough as it is without needing to attribute it to a super-magical being. I think it's possible for people to be decent to one another and do the right thing without the threat of Hell or the bribe of Heaven.

**I've known this guy for a few years now on MySpace. 85% friend rating, I'm not surprised at all. (he's twisted... just like me ;) )

I'm an illustrator, doing CADdesign work, and seriously underpaid (but the environment and people are good). At work I use Illustrator, Photoshop, & AutoCAD on a Windows XP box. At home, I'm all Mac (since '90)--currently playing on a new 21.5" iMac running Lion. Latest toys are a Panasonic LX5 and an Olympus PEN E-PL1 (great cameras, I'm loving both of them).
What I’m doing with my life
Inhaling, exhaling. Inhaling, exhaling. Like that, over and over.

Working, raising my son, wearing out my library card, recycling, voting liberal & progressive, treating others as I would want them to treat me, being creative in all sorts of ways, learning new things, and trying to figure it all out.

Job-wise, I'm primarily an illustrator/CAD guy with a local engineering/technical services & build-to-print company. I do a bit of everything depending upon the need. Getting to wear a lot of different hats is one of the more positive aspects of my job. I'd probably make more money working somewhere where I could specialize in just _one_ thing, but that would be soooooo boring after a few months of doing the same thing over and over again.
I’m really good at
a) Being a liberal/progressive.

b) Asking questions.

c) Reading books.

d) Using my hands.

e) Being monogamous.

f) Procrastinating.

g) Being creative.

h) Drinking large quantities of coffee (black, thank you).
The first things people usually notice about me
"Hey, he's got a coffee cup in each hand".
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
In school, I majored in English and Philosophy, so it's pretty much a gimmie that I like to read and think about nearly everything.

Best books I've read (or reread) recently (this is old stuff!):"Sunshine", "The End of Mr. Y", "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie", "The White Tiger", "Ender's Game", "Misquoting Jesus", "Jesus Interrupted", "The Elegance of the Hedgehog", "Middlesex", "Tangerine", "Practical Magic", "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell", "To Kill a Mockingbird".

However, escapist crap is what you'll usually find me reading. Anything that isn't too predictable and still capable of sucking me in will do. I cut my reading teeth on Heinlein, Andre Norton, Bradbury, Asimov, Laumer, Delaney, P.K. Dick, Zelazny, Elison, Haldeman, LeGuin, L'Engle, Lloyd Alexander, Baum, Wells, etc..

I'm a big fan of Joe R. Lansdale, Bart Ehrman, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Clive Barker, Colin Cotterill, Orson Card, F. Paul Wilson, P.N. Elrod, Jim Butcher, Michael Chabon, Roald Dahl, Robert Crais, Jasper Fforde. Kim Harrison, Charlaine Harris, David Wellington. I've read a lot of Dean Koontz, but he tends to recycle his themes too much (except for his recent Frankenstein books, which I like).

I'm also a fan of Charles Dickens, Sterne, Sheridan, the Brontes, Wendell Wilkie, and slews of other Classics authors.

Basically, I've got a library card and I'm not afraid to use it.

I'm going to stick some of my favorite websites in here, too.

http://consumerist.com/ The Consumerist is all about informed consumerism: the good companies, the bad ones, smart tips, traps to avoid, etc..

http://lifehacker.com/ Tips and techniques for getting things done, frequently tech oriented.

http://www.physorg.com/ Science news updated daily.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/ Science news updated daily.

http://www.shelfari.com/cirrostratus/shelf This is where I track my latest reads and look for new things to read.

http://thinkprogress.org/ Political news updated hourly, covers the stuff the mainstream media neglects.

http://rawstory.com/ Same as the above, but more tabloid-ish.

http://www.dpreview.com/ Digital photography equipment reviews and forums for photographers.

Favorite movies are pics like Kung Fu Hustle, Borat, The Princess Bride, The Trouble With Harry, Bladerunner, The Quiet Man, Tremors, Diary of Bridget Jones, Bliss, Repo Man, Big Trouble In Little China, the Aristocats, O Brother Where Art Thou, Montenegro, Seven Samurai, Iron Giant, the original Star Wars movies, Monty Python & The Holy Grail, Shaun of the Dead, Porco Rosso, The World According To Garp, etc..

My musical tastes run from early Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd to Stan Getz, Miles Davis, Alison Krauss, Vince Guaraldi, Cowboy Junkies, the Wood Brothers, Diana Krall, David Bromberg, Louis Prima, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Mayall, Little Walter, Astor Piazolla, and many, many more. Oh, and you can go ahead and pencil in Grieg, Mahler, Prokofiev, Beethoven, and lots of other dead, white Europeans, too.

I'm a vegetarian these last 10-12 years. Surprisingly to many, I do think it is reasonable to eat animals, but I don't think it's OK to torture them before you eat them and it's definitely not cool to sicken the environment in the process of raising and harvesting them.

Plus, I'm not too crazy about the thought of ingesting all those hormones, antibiotics, and steroids they like to use in modern factory farms. Choosing to eat this way lessens the size of my footprint on the Earth and is relatively easy to do. What can I say? It works for me.

I'm long time sober and, H.P. willing, will stay that way to the end.
Six things I could never do without
My wonderful child, my lovely girlfriend, my tools, NPR, my next cup of hot, black coffee, & books.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Things. And thoughts about things. And thoughts about thoughts about things. This makes me a natural philosopher. The complete incompetence and utter evil of George W. Bush, impeaching Bush, warcrimes trials for Bush, Cheney, Rumsfield, and Rice, NeoCons, the wimpiness of the current crop of Democrats, the hypocrisy of "Dr." Pat Robertson (who does not hold a doctorate, btw), architecture, building, design, Apple, Macintosh, civil liberties, jazz, bossa nova, intelligent, funny, witty, clever, conversation, coffee, reading, blues, sensual, liberal, progressive, good sex, family, philosophy, dark chocolate, ketchup, jazz, art, Photoshop, Illustrator, graphics, fantasy, parenting, science fiction, romance, humanism, atheism, agnosticism, religion, gardening, aquariums, aquarist, cichlids, botanical centers, conservatory, mythology, science, technology, energy conservation, alternative energy, appropriate technology, parenting, illustration, graphic design, kids, children, kids books, juvenile fiction, education, johnny winter, evil republicans, solar power, freewill, evolution, progressive, determinism, humor, classical music, alternate technology, charity, books, writing, jewelry, craft, crafting, artisan, beads, artisans, perpetual motion, gnomes, women, sobriety, sex, sexuality, love, relationships, bean and cheese tacos, gardening, photography, wild flowers, native plants, home improvement, furniture, modernism, renovation, remodeling, arguments, discussions, debates, asshats, acts of generosity, the nature of ownership and property, compassion, empathy, ethics, morality, ridiculous, absurd. INTP
On a typical Friday night I am
Inhaling, exhaling. Inhaling, exhaling. I also metabolize. All simultaneously, 24/7. My Kung Fu is strong; your Kung Fu is weak.

And I spend time with my girlfriend and my kiddo, cooking, playing games, reading books, and watching movies. Occasionally, I'm making jewelry, doing a home improvement project, surfing the web, post-processing photos, fiddling with an aquarium, working on a new piece of art, or ferret bowling.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm pretty open about most things with actual friends.

I've been mean to telemarketers.

The Emperor has no clothes.

I don't really have any nifty extra digits nor do I glow in the dark (normally).

I've never voted for a Republican (although I have touched one).

The older I get, the more I question the value of intelligence.
You should message me if
You have a pet monkey who smokes cigars and he has his own JetPack. :) You are similarly bent and I sound like someone you might like to be friends with.


You shouldn't message me if you are looking for cyber sex--I am not interested. No offense, but no matter how hot you think you are on your keyboard, you can't compete with the "here in the flesh" presence and passion of my girlfriend. (a 'bird in the hand' beats a 'texted description' of a 'bird in the bush' for me every single time)

In case you missed any of that--I am in a monogamous relationship. I am NOT shopping for a replacement for my partner.
The two of us