Oh, yeah, and I'm also really straightforward and honest, in case you couldn't tell. I don't like to play games, and prefer that the people in my life who are close to me tell me what's on their minds and let me know when something's bothering them rather than keeping it inside and letting it fester. I have a Vonnegut-esque concept of a sort of 'milk of human kindness', in which it is our basic decency to those around us which keeps us from descending into savagery, and I try to put that into practice as well as I can in my day-to-day life. I'm empathetic and easy to talk to about virtually anything, and I never judge people for the choices they make in life.
In terms of interests and hobbies, I spent a lot of time on the computer doing dorky things and reading dorky websites like ScienceBlogs, and I tend to research obscure topics obsessively for weeks or months at a time, until I can consider myself something of an expert in that topic. I read constantly, and have about twenty books in this apartment in my "read soon" pile.
When I'm not being quite that nerdy, I'm also an enthusiast of craft/microbrewed beer (as much as that's possible in Alabama, with our ridiculous laws regarding import and production of beer), play pool with some friends of mine approximately once a week, and enjoy good Mexican and Italian food. I've been a pretty serious movie buff in the past, but most new stuff just hasn't interested me in the last few years.
(Another profile for me if you want more info is available at http://www.myspace.com/endosymbiosis.)
I am scientific, straightforward, and dirty-minded.
What I'm good at will hopefully shine through this profile -- I can string words together well enough to get my point across, am reasonably capable with computers and various other nerdly things, and make lots of what I consider to be really clever (and often dirty) jokes when you get to know me.
The question doesn't ask, but I'm really bad at some things, too. I'm not the best housekeeper, although I'm working on it, and I can sometimes be a bit too resistant to change and willing to get stuck in a rut. I also have fairly dull, solitary hobbies like reading and surfing strange websites.
When I'm not reading Pynchon it's kind of a mishmash. Most of my shelves are covered with science or science fiction books, but most new SF doesn't interest me and most of my science books were purchased used. Stephen Jay Gould is one of my favorite science authors, with The Mismeasure of Man and Full House being favorites of mine. With science fiction I read a lot of older authors, being a huge Isaac Asimov fan, although even I'll admit his writings could be really inconsistent in quality.
I enjoy Chuck Pahlaniuk, although I haven't read all of his works, and enjoy Jeff Lindsay's Dexter books. I love Kurt Vonnegut, and am planning on collecting all of his books over the next few months. I'm generally trying to get caught up on some classics that I never read in high school of college, Kafka's The Trial is on my bookshelf to be read soon.
B) As I said above, I've been a serious movie buff in the past. I am a big fan of a lot of independent cinema, particularly the mid-nineties filmmakers like Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino (Grindhouse was awesome!), and Paul Thomas Anderson. I have eclectic taste, and will watch pretty much anything once, but generally the more eclectic the film, the more interested I am in watching it.
Lately I've been more into good TV. Besides the Dexter TV series, I've been an on-again-off-again obsessive with all of the Law & Order franchises, (especially Criminal Intent). I also try not to miss an episode of Monk, House, M.D., Psych, My Name is Earl, The Office, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Mythbusters, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report. Most network TV I could honestly care less about, with the noted exceptions.
C) I don't do a lot of the music thing, even preferring silence when driving much of the time, but I enjoy a lot of the mid-nineties alternative like Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana, and listen to Radiohead and Weezer regularly. I'll listen to pop music on the radio when it doesn't suck (I like most of Kelly Clarkson's stuff, although I'll probably never buy an album) but avoid country and hip-hop whenever possible. (Although some of Outkast and Missy Elliot doesn't bother me, and some of the later Johnny Cash I really enjoy.)
D) I tend to like a lot of pasta dishes and fairly simple things like burgers and tacos and the like. I also love a good steak. Lately I've been consuming mostly bachelor food, though. I wonder why....
When I'm not thinking about that, I'm thinking about various political issues that are near and dear to me, mostly stemming from a complete lack of respect for reason and reality the last decade or so in American politics. I'm a proud member of the reality-based community, and I genuinely have trouble understanding anyone who isn't.
Just to let you know I'm, y'know, human, and not some abstract contemplation machine, I also spend a lot of time thinking about how much I'd like to be having really dirty kinky sex. But that sometimes ties back into the Pynchon, so it's a real mindfuck going on in here.
As far as dating or anything like that goes, I do like to make friends first. I'm definitely seeking some sort of relationship, probably casual at least to begin with, but I'm a very loving person with the right person, and like to cuddle even after the roughest of sexual activity. If any of this interests you at all, please feel free to give me a buzz!
I generally like chatting online, and you can reach me on Yahoo at daniel_e_harper, on AIM at danielharper2006, on ICQ at 313312493, or on Google Chat at daniel.e.harper.