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Shawn McClure
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This I Am Today -- Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
"Up to a point a man's life is shaped by environment, heredity, and movements and changes in the world about him; then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be. Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate. Everyone has it within his power to say, this I am today, that I shall be tomorrow."
-- Louis L'Amour, The Walking Drum

This is a view from about 12,000ft on the side of the Grand Teton, taken on my most recent ascent in 2010. Below is the Snake River valley with Blacktail Butte the low, forested hill in the middle right.

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For +Mountain Monday / #MountainMonday  curated by +Michael Russell, and +Mountain Photos / #MountainPhotos, curated by +Baki Karacay, and #MonochromeMonday (+Monochrome Monday) Curated by +Hans Berendsen , +Jerry Johnson , +Steve Barge, +Dominique Hilbert , +David Orr and +Martin Heller, and the +Monochrome Arty Club / #MonochromeArtyClub , curated by +abhishek chamaria, +JR Snyder Jr, +June Penn, +Seth Mayer, and +Steve Tang, and +Monochrome Monday / #MonochromeWorld, curated by +andi rivarola, and +All Things Monochrome / #AllThingsMonochrome, curated by +Charles Lupica and +Bill Wood, and #landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Johan Peijnenburg +David Heath Williams +Tom Hierl +Carolyn Lim +Howard L. Smith +Kai Kosonen +Sheila B. DuBois +Toshi Nakamura +David Pilasky, and #hqsplandscape , +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Nader El Assy +Vinod Krishnamoorthy +Luca Ferroglio +midori chan +Craig Loxley +Rob Tilley, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub, curated by +Gemma Costa, and +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER...
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Great view, +Shawn McClure! Lots of rocks for stacking there. :)
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There Lies Your Treasure -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure."
-- Joseph Campbell

When the aspen leaves fall in autumn, they often look like little pieces of gold among the other fallen leaves. And when the dew is on, it almost looks like they're bedecked with diamonds. Regardless, this is my kind of treasure. :-)

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For +Wet Wednesday / #WetWednesday, curated by +Jen Baptist, and +WaterDropWednesday #WaterDropWednesday curated by +Patti Colston  +Michael Albrecht +Teresa Linstead and +Valerij Karpinchik, and #leavesonthursday +Leaves On Thursday Curators +Anne Durand +Stephen Thackeray +Ray Bilcliff +Mehdia Ridder, and #close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel, and #ThirstyThursdayPics, curated by +Mark Esguerra and +Giuseppe Basile, and +NatureArtThursday / #NatureArtThursday, curated by +Trisha Standard and +Dane Clingan, and #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray +Dorothy Pugh +Sandrine Berjonneau, and #Macro4All  by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub  curated by +Gemma Costa, and the +Breakfast Art Club / #BreakfastArtClub, curated by +Simply Arlie, and +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER, and #hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other curated by +Daniel Taylor +Joakim Hagen Abrahami +Stefanie Schächtel +Carina Marsh...
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Beautiful golden leaf
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Gone Away To The Woods And Wild -- Bingham, Illinois
"For I am gone to the fairy people.
Make the most of that other child
Who prays with you by the village steeple
I am gone away to the woods and wild."
-- Lord Dunsanay, The Fairy Child

A lone toadstool surveys his springtime forest domain from atop a lush clump of moss, deep in the woods of southern Illinois.

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For the #MacroMonday mini-theme of Spring, and +Mossy Monday / #MossyMonday  curated by +Dan Bowden, and +Fungus Friday / #FungusFriday  curated by +Chris Sullivan and +Dan Bowden, and #shroomshotsaturday +ShroomshotSaturday  curated by +Patti Colston  +Michael Albrecht and +Anders Stedtlund +Sabeena LoBello, and #Macro4All  by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray +Dorothy Pugh +Sandrine Berjonneau, and #NatureMonday / #RelaxingMonday  curated by +Rolf Hicker and +Kate Church, and #hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other curated by +Daniel Taylor +Joakim Hagen Abrahami +Stefanie Schächtel +Carina Marsh, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub, curated by +Gemma Costa, and +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER...
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Beautiful capture!
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Say Hello To My Leetle Friend -- Bingham, Illinois
This is an Assassin Bug nymph, which I found marching bravely up my forearm while I was prowling through the woods in southern Illinois last summer. I let him crawl up to the tip of my finger so I could take a few photos, and them let him continue his march along the branch of a fallen tree. These little fellows are fierce and fearless predators in spite of their size, and this guy seemed completely unconcerned about me. Probably even a little disdainful... ;-)

Here's another photo of an Assassin Bug nymph that I posted in June:
https://plus.google.com/+ShawnMcClure/posts/5ADWAKhSf4m

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For #WildlifeWednesday, curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak, and +BugsEveryday / #BugsEveryday, curated by +Chris Mallory, and #hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other curated by +Daniel Taylor +Joakim Hagen Abrahami +Stefanie Schächtel +Carina Marsh, and #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray          +Dorothy Pugh +Sandrine Berjonneau, and #Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macrophotography #macro, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub, curated by +Gemma Costa, and +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER, and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #MyFingerPhotobombedMe...
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....I obviously believe you about the fierce and fearless, but it does look kind of cute too! ;))
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Breakfast On The Porch -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love."
-- Marcus Aurelius

A tiny crab spider on a small sunflower munches on some breakfast in the first rays of the rising sun... If you look closely at the enlarged view, you'll notice that the spider has lost his left front leg. I wonder what the story behind that is.

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For  #FloralFriday / +FloralFriday created by +Tamara Pruessner and co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James, and  #hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Kawthar A +Krystina Isabella Brion +Maria B-R +Zita Nahm +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk, and +FLOWER POWER / #FlowerPower , curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru, and  #buggyfriday +Buggy Friday Curators +Ray Bilcliff +Dorothy Pugh +*****, and +BugsEveryday / #BugsEveryday , curated by +Chris Mallory, and  #hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other curated by +Daniel Taylor +Joakim Hagen Abrahami +Stefanie Schächtel +Carina Marsh, and +Buggy Lunch / #BuggyLunch , curated by +Mandy Allen and +Kim Sinclair, and  #Macro4All  by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and  #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray +Dorothy Pugh +Sandrine Berjonneau, and  #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub , curated by +Gemma Costa, and +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER, and +Spider Sunday / #SpiderSunday , curated by +Kimberly Hosey and +lerato majikfaerie, and the #YellowCircle , curated by +Brian Dukes, and +ColorsOnFriday / #ColorsOnFriday , curated by +Karsten Meyer...
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Fantastic!
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Right Before Your Eyes -- Cleveland, Ohio
“The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.”
-- Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

This is a shot taken on the front steps of the Cleveland courthouse in the last rays of the setting sun at the end of a very hot summer day. The sunset turned the entire city a fiery red/orange, augmented by the reflections from the nearby Cuyahoga River. I loved all the hard lines and contrasts in this scene.

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For +Stairs Thursday / #StairsThursday , curated by +Véronica Riboulot, and +TheoreticalThursday / #TheoreticalThursday  curated by +Jason Dell, and +Urban Thursday / #UrbanThursday , curated by +Laurent Chades, and  #HQSPUrbanStreetPhotos , +HQSP Urban & Street Photos curated by +Michael Sonntag +Оксана Крысюкова +Alejandro J. Soto, and +AllThingsOrange / #AllThingsOrange , curated by +Nina Piccoli, +Kenneth Williams, and +Lauren Kelly, and  #PlusPhotoExtract curated by +Jarek Klimek, and  #ArchitextureTuesday curated by +Ranjan Saraswati, and +Design Thursday / #DesignThursday , curated by +Venkatram Harish Belvadi, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub  curated by +Gemma Costa, and the +Breakfast Art Club / #BreakfastArtClub , curated by +Simply Arlie, and +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER, and +ShowYourBestWork / #ShowYourBestWork , curated by +Britta Rogge, and +ColorsOnFriday / #ColorsOnFriday, curated by +Karsten Meyer, and #ClevelandRocks ...
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Oh this is absolutely beautiful
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Better Ugly Strong Than Pretty Useless -- St. Louis, Missouri
"Self-empowerment is free to anyone who chooses to use it. It comes from within and nowhere else. You cannot buy it, borrow it, steal it or sell it. It is always available to you and never wears out. The only choice you have to make is whether or not you will use it.”
-- Gary Hopkins

This was a large coil of steel cable that I found laying beneath the barge docks along the Mississippi River just north of downtown St. Louis. The cables were a good two inches in diameter. Though rusty on the surface, I imagine they were still every bit as strong as the first day they were put under load.

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For #ThomasHawkTiltTuesday curated by +Michael Bonocore and +Scott Detweiler, and #TuesDecay  / +TuesDecay, curated by +Ian Ference, and +#MetallicMonday curated by +Thomas Raschbacher, and +RustySunday / #RustySunday, curated by +Rene Bechard and +Gary Posner, and +Everything Is Beautiful / #EverythingIsBeautiful, curated by +Brad Buckmaster, +Gene Bowker, and +Lynn Langmade, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub, curated by +Gemma Costa, and +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER, and #BeautifulMundaneMonday, curated by +Shaun Gibson, and #Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray +Dorothy Pugh +Sandrine Berjonneau, and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann...
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Outstanding.
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The Treasure Within -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom; and he that increaseth his riches, increaseth his cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not."
-- Akhenaton

Oh, for a contented mind... But such is a rare commodity, it seems... Here's to everyone's search for contentment and peace of mind - may you find it, keep it, and pass it on as you can. Have a great weekend. :)

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For #FloralFriday / +FloralFriday theme created by +Tamara Pruessner and co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James, and +FLOWER POWER / #FlowerPower, curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru, and +ColorsOnFriday / #ColorsOnFriday, curated by +Karsten Meyer, and #hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Kawthar A +Krystina Isabella Brion +Maria B-R +Zita Nahm +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk, and #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray +Dorothy Pugh +Sandrine Berjonneau, and #Macro4All  by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #allthingsred, +AllThingsRed , +Lucille Galleli , +Stephen Thackeray, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub  curated by +Gemma Costa, and the +Breakfast Art Club / #BreakfastArtClub, curated by +Simply Arlie, and +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER...
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increíble pagina..., increíbles fotos..., sobresaliente !
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The Wheels Of Time -- Bingham, Illinois
"I don't listen to a lot of new stuff. I just like the old stuff. It's all quite dramatic and atmospheric. You'd have an entire story in song."
-- Amy Winehouse

If you were to change "listen to" to "look at" and "song" to "photos" in the above quote, you'd pretty much have my philosophy on photographing old stuff. This is a photo of the pulleys in some ancient, turn-of-the-century windows from a large house that I found stacked in an old shed. Looking at their rusted perfection makes me wonder about all the interesting stories that unfolded both behind and in front of those windows over the decades.

Either way, I like rusty stuff.

And weathered stuff, cracked stuff, peeling stuff, frayed stuff, ...  ;-)

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For +TuesDecay / #TuesDecay, curated by +Ian Ference, and +Everything Is Beautiful / #EverythingIsBeautiful, curated by +Brad Buckmaster, +Gene Bowker, and +Lynn Langmade, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub, curated by +Gemma Costa, and #close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel, and +Design Thursday / #DesignThursday, curated by +Venkatram Harish Belvadi, and +RustySunday / #RustySunday, curated by +Rene Bechard and +Gary Posner, and +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER...
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True beauty :D There is something special with the things that has been worn by time ...
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Greater Than The Sum Of The Parts -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A lone leaf from a Japanese maple tree on a gravel path in autumn...

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For #leavesonthursday +Leaves On Thursday Curators +*** +Stephen Thackeray +Ray Bilcliff +Mehdia Ridder, and +NatureArtThursday / #NatureArtThursday, curated by +Trisha Standard and +Dane Clingan, and +AllThingsRed / #AllThingsRed, curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Stephen Thackeray, and #close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub, curated by +Gemma Costa, and +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER, and #hqspnaturalother +HQSP Natural Other curated by +Daniel Taylor and +Jean-Noel Nicolas...
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Awesome!
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Work
Occupation
Software engineer, database expert, amateur photographer, occasional poet, inconsistent adventurer, armchair philosopher
Skills
My *skillz* are both many and too few, varied, and sometimes valued. Anything I can't figure out I can fake convincingly. I am doggedly persistent, insatiably curious, and eminently resourceful. You would want to hire me.
Employment
  • Taking Photos and Making Software
    Photographer & Software Developer, present
  • Colorado State University
    Software Engineer, 2002 - 2014
  • Crocker Nuclear Laboratory, University of California, Davis
    Software Engineer, 2005 - 2006
  • PLM Technologies, Inc.
    Software Engineer, 1997 - 2002
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Software Engineer, 1993 - 1997
  • Boeing Computer Services, Hanford Nuclear Reservation
    Software Engineer, 1991 - 1993
  • Center for Non-Linear Studies (CNLS), Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Software Engineer, 1990 - 1991
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Story
Tagline
Photographer, Engineer, Mayhem Maker, Space Lord
Introduction

Executive Summary

  • I take photographs of anything that catches my interest.
  • I design and develop enterprise-level websites, databases, services, and software for a variety of applications and Federal agencies.
  • I write poetry, essays, philosophy, fiction, and flim-flam.
  • I have adventurers whenever possible (not enough).
  • I am looking for the secret to the universe.
  • I have an inexplicable and irrepressible sense of humor.
  • I'm fairly incorrigible, no matter the subject. ;-)
Other Highlights
  • I’ve eaten a Snickers bar at 19,000ft in the Himalayas
  • I’ve been attacked by a monkey
  • I’ve had a cop pull a gun on me
  • I’ve been offered a hooker (several) in Bangkok
  • I’ve climbed the Golden Gate Bridge
  • I can type 100+ words per minute
  • I have benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • I climbed Mt. Saint Helens one month before it erupted
  • I’ve broken all my fingers
  • I have the smallest ears in my family
  • I’ve been 3 feet away from flowing lava
  • I’m writing a paper on applying cellular automata to particle physics
  • I’ve been at the bottom of a crevasse on Mt. Rainier
  • I can play my hands like a musical instrument
  • INTP  is my Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • My software was used in the Rodney King trial
  • I’ve spent three days in a cave
  • I’ve gotten hopelessly lost in Katmandu
  • I have a friend whose initials are P.I.G.
  • I am fascinated by ants, bats, spiders, and fungus
  • I have received money from the DOD, the DOE, the DOI, the EPA, the USDA, the NPS, the BLM, the Forest Service, the FBI, NASA, and the NSA
  • I’ve hiked the wettest spot on Earth
  • I’ve played basketball with Chauncey Billups and stolen the ball from him twice
  • I’ve fallen down a thirty foot high pile of bat guano
  • I have probably written more code than Bill Gates, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, and Mark Zuckerberg put together.

Photography

The photos I've posted so far were all taken with either my Canon 5D Mark II DSLR, my Canon Powershot SX50 HS, my Canon Powershot SX40 HS, or my Canon PowerShot A2100 IS. I'm a relatively new photographer, but I'm becoming more and more obsessed with it as time goes by, especially after joining G+ and seeing all the incredible photography posted here. I'm especially fond of natural subjects, such as wildlife, insects, landscapes, and the like, and I'm becoming captivated by macro photography in particular. I also find myself taking abstract, minimalist, and comedic (to myself, at least) photos fairly frequently.

Computing

I work with computers for a living and computing is my first love, technology-wise. I think my overall theory of computing was stated best by Albert Einstein:

"Computers are incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid; humans are incredibly slow, inaccurate, and brilliant; together they are powerful beyond imagination."

Other Interests

I also study particle physics, neuroscience, online trading, philosophy, and cellular automata. When I'm not programming or studying I'm usually found rummaging, relaxing, pottering about, taking pictures, writing, or perfecting my flim-flam. I also enjoy weightlifting, adventuring, playing video games, and pondering the mysteries of the universe.

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And now for the details...

(If you're still not ready for the mundane details quite yet, skip ahead to the Extended Version a little further down and bring your grain of salt...)

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Work

I specialize in developing enterprise-level software systems to manage earth observation data and metadata for environmental planning and scientific research. I have degrees in both computer science and mathematics and have been developing computer software since I bought my first Commodore 64 in 1982.

Currently, I develop and maintain an integrated framework of web and database applications to import, verify, and manage large volumes of air quality data from ground-based monitoring networks, chemical transport models, emissions inventories, and NASA satellites. I have helped to develop an extensive suite of online software tools for visualizing, analyzing, and disseminating a wide variety of science data on the web, and I work closely with leading scientists and researchers to develop standards and best practices for managing earth observation data on the web.

I'm the lead architect and developer of these websites:

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Circle Suggestions

1. For Sure: Add me to any of these circles

  • Photography
    • Macro Photography
    • Wildlife Photography
    • Landscape Photography
  • Software Development
    • Computer Programming
    • Software Engineering
    • Database Management
    • Web Services
  • Writing
    • Poetry
    • Philosophy
    • Fiction
2. If you have these circles: Add me.
  • Science
    • Cognitive Science
    • Neuroscience
    • Physics
    • Mathematics
    • Air Quality
    • Environmental Science
  • Adventuring
    • Mountaineering
    • Climbing
    • Caving
    • Spelunking

(Incidentally, I organized this circle information using the overall guidelines suggested here: About Me Circles)

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Extended Version (for people bored with typical profile blabbering in general):

I am an elusively charismatic and extroverted misanthrope, green-eyed and notoriously left-brained. I can often be found climbing tall towers and conferring thoughtfully with world leaders in the shadowy corners of Irish pubs near closing time. I run at night, visiting old graveyards and scaring drunken revelers until dawn. I periodically move sideways in time and backwards in space, confusing my friends and causing a strong sense of deja vu in strangers. I’m a counter of stars, a thrower of dice, and a loser at cards. On the third Tuesday of each month at 3:25am precisely, I can out-drive Tiger Woods and beat Michael Jordan in one-on-one. Car horns sound distinctly different in my vicinity and moss refuses to grow when I’m around. Dogs bark only once at me.

I’m a flawed and jaded perfectionist, a happy-go-lucky cynic, and a professional heckler. I’ve been the subject of critically acclaimed but unpublished essays and have been the cancelled guest on several talk shows. I’ve made beer runs to South Pacific islands and have stolen from archaeological digs in the Andes. I’m a climber of trees, a turner-over of rocks, and a brilliant student of crawlspaces. I explore unnamed caverns at night while composing sonnets in my head, and I collect colorful beans and animal skulls and call them treasure. My totem animals are the fox, the crow, and the praying mantis. I’ve been known to have crushes on Scottish lasses and dance with wood nymphs in Carpathian forests. I tease gargoyles mercilessly and try not to step on any dandelions or ants. Butterflies scream excitedly at my approach.

I banter, I tease, I incite riots among the wild things on distant beaches under the moon, and I speak the language of bats. I can watch small insects for hours and walk on rooftops without fear or embarrassment. Using only a string, a needle, and my right forefinger, I once demonstrated the unification of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics to my curious dogs. I’m on the payroll of several secret government agencies and was a frequent consultant for the X-Files. Gillian Andersen once asked me for my phone number. I’ve never seen an alien, but I have reason to believe that one once taunted me from a barn loft in Illinois. I collect Grecian urns and captain a small pirate ship off the coast of Costa Rica. I write compellingly cryptic poetry in autumn and teach the fine art of marrow sucking to disillusioned stockbrokers. I can also levitate tinsel. I fell off a bridge in Paris once and wrote my name in code on Jim Morrison’s grave.

I commune with angels and demons and frequently chase starlight across frozen fields in winter. I cavort on hidden beaches and do laundry while naked. I have extra-sensory forgetfulness, photographic hindsight, and 270-degree peripheral vision. Through much trial and error, I discovered that I have uncanny intuition in the early evening and instantaneous knowledge of the future while playing video games. I once fell asleep in an alley in Katmandu and awoke ten days earlier in the catacombs beneath Venice. I peed on an electric fence in childhood and now expect to live at least 500 years and father rogue poets and genius blonde bombshells. I read some time ago that the answer to the universe is forty-two, but I've got a sneaking suspicion that it's changed since then.

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Still not bored? Wow. Seriously, I'm done entertaining you for now. Go the hell away. ;-)

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I'm my own entertainment.
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Fort Collins, CO
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Richland, WA - Los Alamos, NM - MacDoel, CA - Bolivar, MO - Ramsey, IL