I build stuff for a living and for fun. I watch a lot of movies (some new, some old, some good, some bad... some so bad they're actually kind of good), I read just about anything I can get my hands on, and I listen to way too much music (of all kinds). When I'm not busy geeking out about something, I also enjoy the great outdoors (anything from snowbaording or mountain biking to napping out on the hammock in the backyard)
I'm originally from TX. I hung out in Boston/Cambridge MA for several years and occasionally went to classes at MIT. Eventually MIT gave me a diploma. I suspect they did this in order to get rid of me before I ended up living in their basements. Once I graduated I found myself wondering what to do and I ended up back in TX. Originally I came back to help my folks with their construction company and somewwere along the line I ended up owning it and running it. After spending some time in Virginia and then Calgary I have now found myself back in Texas figuring out what comes next.
I have a large, somewhat quirky, occasionally frustrating, frequently entertaining, and rather large family of which I am the youngest (well not counting my siblings' kids or their kids kids etc...). I'm usually on good terms with them (they're the main reason I went back to EP after MIT) but as with all families we do have our tiffs. Somehow though we always manage to get through them and I'm usually glad that I didn't run away to join the circus. Oh, last but not least, I have a cute black lab pound puppy named Vesper.
Generally, I'd like to think that I'm fairly amusing, I know for a fact that I can be occasionally angsty, but for the most part I'm mostly harmless and I don't bite (unless asked nicely).
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Some quotes that appeal to me:
"A Gentleman is one who never inflicts pain." -Cardinal Newman "Unintentionally." -Oscar Wilde
Some doctors have the messiah complex – they need to save the world. You have a Rubik's complex – you need to solve the puzzle. - Dr Wilson to House
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -Dr.Suess
"When the ship lifts, all bills are paid. No regrets." -R.A.Heinlein
"Nobody even came close to my idea, which makes me either a total loon or a diabolical genius. Truth be told, I'm probably more of a diabolical loon." -R.Cringely
"I have no particular talent. I am merely inquisitive." -A.Einstein
"If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country." -E.M.Forster
Those who claim to have never made a mistake have never tried anything new. -A.Einstein
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. -R.A.Heinlein
"The goal of engineering is to build better mousetraps. The goal of nature is to build better mice." -Unknown
"What a wonderful world it is that has girls in it!" -R.A.Heinlein
"Some people say that I must be a horrible person, but that's not true. I have the heart of a young boy -- in a jar on my desk." -S.King
"Sometimes you just have to take the leap, and build your wings on the way down." -K.Yamada
"The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it." -O.Wilde
"Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggy' until you can find a rock." -Unknown
"The Kobayashi Maru scenario freqeuntly wreaks havoc with students and equipment" -Spock:ST2TWoK.
"Efficiency is Intelligent Laziness!!" -Unknown
"I've got a plan so cunning you could put a tail on it and call it a weasel." -Blackadder
"Changing the world is good for those who want their names in books. But being happy, that is for those who write their names in the lives of others, and hold the hearts of others as the treasure most dear." -R.A.Heinlein
"It's a magical world, Hobbes ol' buddy.... let's go exploring" -Waterson
Adminis-Trivia: I occasionally get the urge to find new people to read about so if you suddenly find me on your friends list it's because I found your journal either interesting, thought-provoking, or highly amusing (in a good way ;). So, hi. I tend to not comment in other people's journals unless I think I have something useful and/or interesting to say, but I read all the journals on my friend's list regularly.