Hi, I'm Jason. How's it going. I guess I'll start out by giving a basic rundown of what's going on in my life. Until relatively recently life was not being kind to me, but I've come out of it unscathed, for the most part. I feel like I've learned a lot from my experiences, yet at the same time I feel like there's a lot I've missed out on. But I look to the future, not the past. Right now I'm happier than I've been in a long time, and I aim to keep it that way.
I have moderate, but manageable, social anxiety. The whole story behind it is a long and kind of depressing one, but I'm not shy about talking about it. However, I've come to the realization that that may make some people uncomfortable when they meet me in person, so I just want to clear some things up. Yes, it's true that I don't have many friends because of my anxiety, but let me be EXTREMELY clear: I do not expect, nor do I want, anybody's pity or sympathy. I don't feel sorry for myself, and neither should you. I am not some clingy, emotionally needy charity case. I am confident in who I am and what I have to offer. All I want is to be treated like anybody else. I'm just a more or less typical socially awkward dude who takes a longer than average time to loosen up around new people. And that's okay. That's who I am, and I make no apologies for it. I'm only saying all this to weed out anyone for whom this may be an issue. Now, moving on.
I'm currently a student at the University of Utah, working on my degree in computer science. When I'm not doing that, I'm usually at home playing with my cats.
I'm not generally a fan of labels, but I consider myself a humanist, feminist, rationalist, freethinker, and skeptic, among other things. I am a typical guy in some respects, but not so much in others. I sometimes enjoy hardcore music and action movies, but I couldn't care less about football, fast cars, drinking beer, shooting guns, or et cetera. I'm the type of guy who would rather watch cat videos on Youtube than watch a football game, and I have no qualms about admitting it. To pretend otherwise would just be putting on an air of phony machismo, and that's not what I'm about.
My favorite Internet cat is Li'l Bub.
I am a bit of a science enthusiast. I enjoy reading about new and interesting scientific discoveries, and just about anything else, really. I crave knowledge in all its forms.
And since it seems like every other person on this site who's from Utah is LDS, I figure I'll mention this too: I am not religious in any way, shape or form. I've identified as an atheist for over 10 years, and that has very little chance of changing, ever. That being said, it doesn't matter to me what theological views you have, if any, as long as you are not dogmatic in your beliefs and have an open-minded and progressive worldview.
I enjoy reading, watching movies/TV, playing video games, and traveling to new and interesting places. Let's see, what else... My favorite color is red, my favorite direction is east, and my least favorite month is January. I think that about covers it.