The one thing I am passionate about...
In a word... the truth. People tell me I overanalyze things sometimes, but to me it's just trying to tease out the hidden connections, even if I know I'll never get the full story. I read a lot and like documentaries on cable, as long as I feel like I'm getting something new out of them. At work I've learned to deal with the conflict between the "official truth" and the off-the-record grapevine-based truth. The universe is a big and complex place, and that old fable about an elephant surrounded by blind men is a very astute observation.
I typically spend my leisure time
Vegging with various media (video, books, music)... light exercise (walking, jogging, the occasional dumbbell or infomercial contraption)... keeping in touch with friends & family by internet or by visiting... computer geekery (I program for fun and contribute to open source projects)... movies (I don't get to enough live shows, hmm)... getting dragged to interesting events by friends... convention planning (I've helped run anime/sci-fi conventions at some level for much of my life)
The most influential person in my life has been
An open mind and inquisitive spirit, even if real life frequently takes priority. Interest in (or tolerance of) SciFi/Fantasy entertainment is usually a good sign. I suppose this isn't an absolute requirement in a partner, but it seems like it'd allow the connection to be that much deeper.
The first thing people notice about me
That I talk a lot when I'm on a roll. But also that I have plenty to say. Judging from the reactions of my friends inside and outside of work, people do find it entertaining and not obnoxious.
The last book I read and enjoyed
Heh, where to begin? The last time I moved I put a bookcase in front of my office; it was supposed to be temporary but it was so popular I kept it there and expanded it. I seem to have mostly non-fiction and 'milestone' SciFi novels but there is fantasy/humor and plenty of random stuff too. I read a bunch of early christianity books around the time the Da Vinci Code movie came out, but after the big stock slump in May I worked on investing/economy books for a while (including Freakonomics, which is right up my alley). Last summer I read nothing, but made up for it in the fall with an assortment of pop psychology...
The three things which I am most thankful for
- my family, for supporting me
- my education, for enriching me
- my health, for not failing me (yet)
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
That I have a wide dynamic range. Depending on the situation I could appear hyperactive (but really I'm just fully engaged and maybe a little caffienated or hopped up on high fructose corn syrup)... or so laid back and easygoing that I just follow the group around.
Friends Describe me as
Articulate, Funny, Intelligent, Passionate
A little more about me
I didn't date during my 20's and still tend to have a lot of "projects" I feel like I should be working on... yes I am looking for the love of my life, but no I am not in a hurry to get married. My parents divorced when I was five, so I am somewhat cautious about tying the knot because I want to get it right.