35 years of age, born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, where I currently reside.
Executive Director of Wichita Con 2012: The Penultimate Steampunk Adventure, a convention for fans of the KoL and Steampunk communities, to be held in Wichita from June 8-10, 2012.
I also organized and hosted the 2011 convention of the same name. 2011 brought 4 attendees, each from a different US state. I hope to at least triple that number in 2012.
Also acted as principal coordinator for the KoLorado 2011 meet, a convention of the same group held in Denver, CO.
I'm also working on opening the Wichita Time Travel Academy, an educational program designed primarily for youth, to give them knowledge about Time Travel in popular culture, the theory and science of time travel, and to promote creative writing. My goal is to have the first class in the summer of 2012.
I'm also working on a proposal to the City of Wichita to unify the noise ordinances, as there are presently many which contradict one another, and many which largely go unenforced. I do not yet have a timeline for completion of this project.
I love dining out and trying new foods, although I do tend to eat the same things once I find something I like. My favorite Wichita restaurants are Mana Wok (Korean), Saigon (Viet), Lotus Leaf (contemporary), and Dolci and Joe's (American/contemporary).
I love coffee!
I also dabble in chalk art a bit. That's my work in my profile pic!
Philosophical, non-cultural muslim. Believer in the Golden Age of Islam and believe religion is perfectly compatible with science. Favor theory of Intelligent Design; do not believe in Creationism.
I love the arts and live music, but I am not generally a fan of theatre, musicals, or Broadway shows. Hollywood has largely run out of originality and I thus rarely attend movies.
I do not watch television.
I get my news from the Wichita Eagle and the Wall Street Journal.
My favorite magazines are National Geographic and Foreign Affairs.
I am not a fan of sports or other athletic activities.
I play Kingdom of Loathing, Lords of War and Money, and occasionally other online games. I do not play WoW or Runescape.
My favorite games involve literacy, role-playing, logic, puzzle-solving, tactics, and strategy.
I also enjoy chess, cribbage, and a few other card and board games; I do not play poker.
I'm currently reading: Gödel, Escher, Bach: the eternal golden braid; Love and Mr. Lewisham; Keys to the Kingdom; Electricity for Everybody; The 3 Kingdoms Graphic Novel; Science of I-Ching.
The last books I read were: The Botany of Desire; The Committee: (A history of the HCUA from its inception through to 1967); Hope for the Flowers; The Cosmic Serpent; The Sword of Truth series (complete).
Currently looking for old, broken or working machines to disassemble and retrofit in steampunk fashion.
Also looking for books on Nikolai Tesla, in particular the science/theory of.
Student of languages and linguistics; speak a fraction of about 10 other languages, not counting html and 1337; currently hoping to learn Sanskrit so I can read/interpret Vedic literature. Have also studied Egyptian hieroglyphics and some demotics.
Currently studying Electrolysis, Electroplating, Water desalinization, Crystal Radiography, and Basic Circuitry.
I play experimental music on the banjo, the electronic keyboard, and on the beer-bass, an instrument I designed.
I'm a philosopher, a poet, and a creative writer.
I enjoy dream analysis and psychology, as well as relationship advice.
I'm a registered Republican, but politically Independent.
Steampunk, Kingdom of Loathing, Chess, Gaming, Wichita Pride, World History, Science, Spirituality, Linguistics, LIfe, Constitutional Law, The pursuit and dissemination of knowledge.
Life is what you make of it.
Mental states create a positive-feedback cycle.
There is a difference between trivial knowledge which is unimportant and trivial knowledge which may be important to the right person at the right time.
The media loves sensationalism.
Correlation does not necessarily imply causality.
There is plenty of energy available to support a virtually-infinite populace -- it is only a question of harnessing it.
Humans have never invented anything, we have only ever emulated nature.
History has a tendency towards repeating itself.
To understand oneself and one's place in society is to understand God's Will.
What man has made, man can make.
Problems created by a way of thinking CAN be solved with the same way of thinking, contrary to Einstein's notion thereof.
Steampunk, KoL, Wichita Con, Wichita culture, Wichita history, Islam, Science, Alternate Energy Ideas, Technology, World history, World culture, Musical preferences, Civics, Constitutional Law, Love.
Thinking inside the box while simultaneously thinking outside of it.
Recently found my way back to the Daily Grail. A topic on Synchronicity on which I commented spurred someone else to mention Jacques Vallee giving a speech on the physics of information at TEDxBrussels, wherein he mentioned synchronicity. Found my way to TED; good timing as I finally broke down and tried Facebook, only to have all my fears/suspicions about it confirmed. Saw that there is a TEDxWichita coming up in about 3 months, decided to make an account.
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