About Me

1. Short Bio

I can be silly or serious with friends, and people who talk to me can tell I’ve got a warm heart. It’s pretty easy to make me laugh, and it’s very difficult to offend me. I can definitely get passionate and excited about stuff, but I’m laid back too. People tell me I’m witty, and I’ll take it. I’m not much of a party animal, but I think that boredom and drudgery are evil.

2. Random Things That Make Me Happy

  • People who turn their cell phones off at the movie theater instead of just setting them on vibrate or silent. It just makes me smile. The fact of the matter is that everybody can still hear your phone vibrate, and even if you just set it to be silent, everybody can still see the bright light when you take it out and start using it. And standing up and going outside to make the call is still a distraction even if you’re sitting on the end.
  • When my friends let me buy dinner, pay for the movie, or share my candy bar and soda stashes in exchange for not making me drive. It’s actually a much better deal for them too if you weight the cost of gasoline versus the cost of dinner, the movie, or even the candy bars and soda usually.
  • Heath bars, Reese’s cups, Toffifays, and homemade brownies and cookies. Especially with root beer.
  • Being emailed, instant messaged, or texted instead of being called. It’s simultaneously more relaxed and more efficient.
  • When I’m on the couch or stretching out on the floor and somebody that isn’t going to tickle/destroy me reaches over to rub my head or give me a massage. I positively melt.
  • Drawings of any of my characters or me, especially when it’s in the manga style.
  • Steak, lamb, salmon, prawns, and chicken.

3. Pet Peeves and Things That Should Go Away

  • Being sent links without explanations (it’s spam when you do), or with the expectation that I’ll immediately stop whatever I’m doing to check it out.
  • Idle chatter. I don’t feel the need to “just talk for a while” to show that I still like you even if we haven’t talked in a while. If a conversation is forced or taking effort, there’s a problem.
  • When you go out to a restaurant and the people who had supposedly come to eat with you surprise you by saying they don’t plan to eat. This happens all the time to me.
  • Having to drive, ever. I just find it stressful, and people have noticed that I physically get all tense and exhaust myself. My mother says I just need to drive more, but unfortunately, the more I drive, the more I dislike driving. If you want me to be your best friend forever, do all the driving and let me pay for gas or dinner or anything. I’m very sympathetic to when other people say they don’t want to drive, too.
  • Whining. Look, nobody cares that you’re tired especially when you declare it a billion times, and if you aren’t having fun, figure out a more positive way to get what you want or excuse yourself without trying to guilt-trip the rest of the group. Grow up and stop being unpleasant.
  • Having to guess what you want to do or how to make you happy. People like to make people they like happy, and I’m no exception. Don’t make it hard for me. I usually have an idea for something to do, but if you don’t want to do that, then say so. And then if at all possible, say something that you do want to do. I’m not picky, and I probably want to hear your ideas.
  • When people invite themselves over or ask to come along on something they weren’t invited to. It’s just invasive.
  • Always being the one to call and ask if you want to get together and do something, and never being the one to get called. When I was a little kid, my mom told me it was polite to take turns with my friends inviting each other over to play. Of course, you also couldn’t ask them to invite you over, because that’d defeat the point. In spite of not telling any of my friends about this “secret rule,” it worked great. It’s nice because both parties feel wanted this way since it’s not always once person asking the other to come over or do something.
  • Mint, cauliflower, squash, zucchini, and cucumber.

4. Personal Credos

Here are some of the things I believe. Some of them are quotes from figures ranging from Mahatma Gandhi to Eric S. Raymond, while others are just old sayings and observations.

  1. Treat others as you would wish to be treated.
  2. You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
  3. Every day is a good day.
  4. A sensible judge is neither stubborn nor spineless.
  5. Pursue expertise, self-awareness, and honesty.
  6. The world is full of fascinating problems waiting to be solved.
  7. No problem should ever have to be solved twice.
  8. Boredom and drudgery are evil.
  9. Freedom is good.
  10. Attitude is no substitute for competence.

5. Brief Resumé