I really dig both the technical and the creative. I have a particular love for photography—a nice combination of both. I don't have children, and while I really like them, I'm happy just being the nutty uncle.
I'm not at all religious, unless you count the Church of the Subgenius. (Praise Bob!) I'm a fan of cognitive dissonance as both a learning tool and entertainment.
"I'm a people worshiper. I think people should worship people, I really do. ... Seemed like every time I found myself in a bind, nothing mystic came to help me, some man or some woman stepped up there..." — Lord Richard Buckley
Several people have been surprised to find that I don't consider myself a spiritual person. I do think there are many things about the universe we live in that we don't understand yet, but I take a very practical approach to them. That doesn't mean I don't feel a sense of wonder from something as simple as watching the muscles and tendons of a hand at work or listening to a bird sing.
Politically, I believe in personal freedom, but that government and industry needs oversight. On a personal level, I tend to hold very liberal views, but don't necessarily utilize them in my lifestyle. I think drugs should be legalized (though regulated), but don't do any recreational ones myself. I think same-sex marriage should be legally recognized, but I'm het. I haven't experimented with much "kink", but I think that what happens in the bedroom between two consenting adults is no one else's business. I understand polyamory and think it can work (with work), but I'm very monogamous. I'm not a porn fiend, but I think the human body, in its many shapes and forms, is a beautiful thing and deserves to be enjoyed.
So... I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis a little over ten years ago. To say it's had an impact on my life is putting it mildly, but it hasn't consumed me. I've had to make quite a few changes and spent a some time struggling with it, trying to keep things the same, but I'm a different person now, both mentally and physically. I can still get around on my feet, sometimes using a cane and not for long distances (I would make a lousy jogging partner). I have a portable electric chair for extended outings.
Right now I'm exploring my new options as far as hobbies and interest go. Despite starting the day feeling like I've already run a marathon while simultaneously cramming for the bar exam, I manage to keep in decent shape and eat healthy. I'm always looking for new things that interest me. I dabble in auto-mechanics and writing, and I've enjoyed photography for a number of years, especially candid portraits. I get a joy from capturing the image of a child engaged a moment in their own little world. It brings me back to the time of secret hideaways, magic, and make-believe. A child's world seems so much smaller than an adult's, but richer with potential. Perhaps it is human nature that as our world expands, we tend to lock down what we believe "is" and "isn't".
I’m really good at:
Photography, computers, auto mechanics, zero-G parkour, using my hands, witty comebacks (if given ample time), inappropriate Photoshop mashups (I had 15 seconds of 'Net fame with my Hello Kitty AK-47), wombat wrangling (not really), and taking things apart that probably shouldn't be (and usually getting them back together). I seem to get decent responses from my writing. I overuse parentheticals.
Conversation Starters (i.e. what you'd like to do on a first date...)
My humor is a mix of brainy, pervy, and sometimes just plain odd.
I became vegetarian 30+ years ago, and while it would be nice to to share that lifestyle, it isn't a requirement. I don't preach or protest.
Ernie Cline's "Nerd Porn Auteur" goes a long way towards explaining my taste in women, though you could easily replace intellectual endeavors with artistic ones, etc.
"In my kind of porno movies, the girls wouldn't even have to get naked. They'd just take the guys down to the rec room and beat them repeatedly at chess." — Ernie Cline
Naked chess would be even better.
I consider my brain and my hands to be my main sexual instruments. Don't get me wrong, I like using my... something else, but there's so much more to sex than just having that be the main focus.
I'm finding myself more and more interested in epistemology and ontology as time goes on. What do we know? How do we know it? How do we know we know it, and where the heck did my keys go?
I'm not an exhibitionist, but don't usually hold back in conversation. If I'm comfortable with someone, I'm willing to talk about anything, even if we've just met.
I seem to be involved in two searches: friends, and a partner.
Looking for the perfect match seems a bit... limiting. I would love to find someone to spend the rest of my life with, but I'm also looking for people to spend some time with, to get to know, who I can share a bit of my life with and who are willing to share who they are with me. If something more develops, all the better.
I've found my life enriched by the people I've known. Some have been in my life for only days, some I've known only online, and others have become friends who I've known for decades, but they all have touched me in some way. I like to think that I've had an impact on others. I'd like to get to know you, too.
I've found that I don't really have a "type" that I look for. Sure, there are qualities that attract me, like intelligence, creativity, quirkiness, etc., but I could equally see myself with a techie geek-grrl, a flamboyant painter, or a tree-hugging hippie (or whatever other label a person might want to use), all of whom encompass these traits and are passionate about something in their life. It's not the category that's important to me, but who the person is and the qualities they possess.