I’m a proud geek, a perpetual student of computing technology, music styles, aesthetic presentation, astronomy, physics, math, language, and whatever else catches my fancy at a given point in time.
I volunteer as a behind-the-scenes guy at the Lake Afton Public Observatory near Goddard, KS, I donate platelets to the Red Cross when time allows (I liked it better when they served milk and sloppy joes afterward), and I’m a member of the (volunteer) Wichita Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
I work as an engineer at Cessna, a job which is not nearly as glamorous or exciting as I imagined it would be. The job isn’t always dull and tedious, but often so. Rather than rant or complain about it, I’ll just say that I help with verification work on circuit boards. I’ll also mention that I see this as a job, not a career. I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I have an idea.
My social life is otherwise pretty boring. I hang out with friends to play games (usually a tabletop role-playing game) on Friday nights. I’ve got a 5th level half-orc barbarian in one campaign, a 19th level dwarven fighter in another, and a 5th level kitsune rogue in a third, depending on who’s available to GM on a given evening. Beyond that, I spend too much time playing computer games and watching TV. The computer games that take my time right now are World of Warcraft (Cataclysm), Orcs Must Die, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The TV shows are The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, which I watch almost live (I start late enough that I can fast-forward through the commercials). All the other shows I would watch are on hiatus for some amount of time, so actual TV-watching is kind of light, but I’m watching borrowed copies of a few shows on DVD. On top of that I enjoy reading: I’ve a substantial collection of current-title comic books, and sci-fi/fantasy novels take up a portion of my time.
Other hobbies include cycling, swing dancing, and computer programming, none of which I engage in nearly enough.
Politically I’m a cynic and libertarian (not Libertarian, there is a difference). H.L. Mencken, Sage of Baltimore, said “Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule—and both commonly succeed, and are right.” Perhaps I “throw my vote away” by voting third party on occasion, but those loonies are no more off their rockers than the elephants or donkeys, they just don’t get the press.