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'Til I Return Again -- Portland, Oregon
“It would seem from this fact, that man is naturally a wild animal, and that when taken from the woods, he is never happy in his natural state, 'till he returns to them again.” 
-- Benjamin Rush

For #TreeTuesday ( +Tree Tuesday )  Curated by +Christina Lawrie ,  +Allan Cabrera , +Ralph Mendoza  , +Kim Troutman  and +David R Robinson, and +All Things Green / #AllThingsGreen  curated by +Cicely Robin Laing, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub  curated by +Gemma Costa, and #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow...
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Beautiful!
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Cleansing The Doors -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow chinks of his cavern.”
-- William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

The United States is a great place to live. But like many nations, we have problems. Here's to the hope that we can solve those problems and become an even better nation to live in, and to live with...
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+Sontay Marks Indeed... Thanks, Sontay.
+Keisha Gamman I agree! Thank you so much, Keisha!
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I've Seen It Raining Fire In The Sky -- Portland, Oregon
"My imagination ... forever feeds the fire that burns with dark red light in my heart by bringing me the best dreams."
-- Kim Elizabeth

For #leavesonthursday +Leaves On Thursday curated by +Mehdia Ridder, and #allthingsred +AllThingsRed, and +NatureArtThursday / #NatureArtThursday  curated by +Trisha Standard and +Dane Clingan, and 
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+Inna Vladimirckaya Thank you so much - I greatly appreciate that... :)
+Sontay Marks I'm glad you think so - thanks.
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Patterns In The Chaos -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“What we call chaos is just patterns we haven’t recognized. What we call random is just patterns we can't decipher.” 
-- Chuck Palahniuk

For #MonochromeMonday +Monochrome Monday, and the +Monochrome Arty Club / #MonochromeArtyClub  curated by +abhishek chamaria, +JR Snyder Jr, +June Penn, +Seth Mayer, and +Steve Tang, and +Monochrome World / #MonochromeWorld curated by +andi rivarola, and +All Things Monochrome / #AllThingsMonochrome  curated by +Charles Lupica and +Bill Wood, and #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Terrie Gray +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten, and #Macro4All  by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +Ruth Hochholdinger, +William Banik, +Nicole Best,
+Magy Duarte and +Olivier Poulet, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub  curated by +Gemma Costa...
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+Dawn Siadatan INTP  :)
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Beautifully Imperfect -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“We are all wonderful, beautiful wrecks. That's what connects us - that we're all broken, all beautifully imperfect.” 
― Emilio Estevez

For #leavesonthursday +Leaves On Thursday curated by +Mehdia Ridder, and #close2home +Close2Home curated by +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel, and #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Terrie Gray +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten, and #Macro4All  by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +Ruth Hochholdinger, +William Banik, +Nicole Best,
+Magy Duarte and +Olivier Poulet, and #allthingsred +AllThingsRed, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub  curated by +Gemma Costa...
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It's a miracle! Great excitement! Very nice shot, Shawn!
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Solus -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“All great and precious things are lonely.” 
-- John Steinbeck, East of Eden

A photograph of one of my favorite trees, taken near Fossil Creek Reservoir south of Fort Collins. In the distance near the left third vertical, you can see the outline of iconic Horsetooth Rock that lies above and to the west of town.

For #TreeTuesday ( +Tree Tuesday )  Curated by +Christina Lawrie ,  +Allan Cabrera , +Ralph Mendoza  , +Kim Troutman  and +David R Robinson, and #TreeSilhouetteWednesday +TreeSilhouette Wednesday curated by +Charles Fromage, +Andrew Sowerby, +Steve Alfano, +sebastian hesse, +David D and +Bhattacharya P., and #COPhotoWedneday curated by +Howard Weitzel, +Stan Showalter, and +Al Nesbit, and #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm, and #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow, and +LANDSCAPE Photos curated by +Robert SKREINER, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub  curated by +Gemma Costa...
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+Loretta Jayne Thank you very much, Loretta! :)
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Each Shining Hour -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"How doth does the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
from each and every flower"
-- Isaac Watts

For +DOFMonday / #DOFMonday, curated by +Mara Acoma, +Mark Hall, +Alan Gurling, and +Nigel Smith, and #NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker and +Kate Church, and ++In Praise of Polllinators curated by +Dusty Gedge, and #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Terrie Gray +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten, and #Macro4All  by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +Ruth Hochholdinger, +William Banik, +Nicole Best,
+Magy Duarte and +Olivier Poulet, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub  curated by +Gemma Costa...
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+John Dusseault Thank you, John...
+Sunny Wu Thanks a lot, Sunny!
+Sontay Marks LOL, sorry about the start(le)! :)
+Shelly Gunderson Thank you, Shelly!
+Sumit Sen Thanks a lot, Sumit!
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The Glow From Within -- Portland, Oregon
"There are two kinds of light - the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures."
-- James Thurber

For #MacroMonday  curated by +Julie B, +Marilyn Benham, +Nina Katajamaki, and +John Dusseault, and #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Terrie Gray +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten, and #Macro4All  by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +Ruth Hochholdinger, +William Banik, +Nicole Best,
+Magy Duarte and +Olivier Poulet, and the #YellowCircle  curated by +Brian Dukes, and +YisforYellow / #YIsForYellow  curated by +Lucille Galleli, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub  curated by +Gemma Costa...
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Excellent light and capture !!
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It's #FungusFriday (!!), so please feel free to share your photos of mushrooms, toadstools, slime molds, and other fungus, and tag them with #FungusFriday / +Fungus Friday, as curated by myself and +Leonie H.

I found this orange beauty on a steep hillside deep in the southern Illinois woods.

Also, I'm playing a bit of catch-up with Fungus Friday, because I've just gotten through a tough stint at work where deadlines and milestones were monopolizing my time and attention. So here are some notable submissions from the past few months:

https://goo.gl/mdEjzn  ( +Nina Katajamaki )
https://goo.gl/D4Uun2 ( +Nicolas Doak )
https://goo.gl/iNoAY7 ( +Glenn Smith )
https://goo.gl/JMRYZW ( +Bob Danley )
https://goo.gl/vTxYHt ( +Jean-Pierre Truant )
https://goo.gl/CzUPlp ( +Mel Earwood )

And, as a special treat, some incredible fungus shots by Steve Axford:  http://goo.gl/vK71HO


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+Nina Katajamaki Of course, Nina...
+Grenouillerose pink Yeah, aren't those fantastic?
+bobo plex And there were several more just out of frame...
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The Mischief Starts Young -- Fort Collins, Colorado
This is one of four baby squirrels that grew up in the trees of our backyard last summer. Here, he's perched in a crab apple tree in pursuit of the last apples of the season. I believe all four babies survived into adulthood, and at least two of them have remained in our yard although I think the other two have staked out their own territories elsewhere. I posted a photo of another of these babies here: https://goo.gl/jHFm5f

If you zoom in on this, you can see his two baby incisors just peeking below his upper lip... :-)

For #WildlifeWednesday  curated by +Mike Spinak and +Morkel Erasmus, and #WholeWildlifeweek  curated by +Diego Cattaneo, +Dick Whitlock, +Sandy Schepis, and +Anette Mossbacher, and +Squirrel Saturday / #SquirrelSaturday  curated by +Beth Blackwell and +Skippy Sheeskin, and #SquirrelsAreMagic  :-), and  #close2home +Close2Home curated by +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub  curated by +Gemma Costa...
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+bobo plex LOL, I think you should write a book. Or two. :)
+Grenouillerose pink Thank you kindly - you too...
+Inna Vladimirckaya Thank you so much. :))
+Sontay Marks LOL, munch a bunch - perfect. :)
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For A Fairer Land Than This -- Portland, Oregon
"Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand.
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand."
-- William Butler Yeats, excerpted from The Stolen Child

For #FloralFriday / +FloralFriday created by +Tamara Pruessner and co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James, and #hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen, and +FLOWER POWER / #FlowerPower  curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru, and #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Terrie Gray +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten, and #Macro4All  by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +Ruth Hochholdinger, +William Banik, +Nicole Best,
+Magy Duarte and +Olivier Poulet, and +Monochrome Arty Club / #MonochromeArtyClub  curated by +abhishek chamaria, +JR Snyder Jr, +June Penn, +Seth Mayer, and +Steve Tang, and +All Things Monochrome / #AllThingsMonochrome  curated by +Charles Lupica and +Bill Wood, and +Monochrome World / #MonochromeWorld curated by +andi rivarola...
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Perfection...
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Daddy Longlegs ( Arachnida Opiliones ) -- Bingham, Illinois
Have you ever heard the rumor that "Daddy-Longlegs are one of the most poisonous spiders, but their fangs are too short to bite humans"? I have - many times. But this a total myth. Daddy Longlegs are members of their own separate Order Opiliones in the class Arachnida, and make their living primarily by eating decomposing vegetative and animal matter, although they are also opportunist predators if they can get away with it. They do not have venom glands, fangs or any other mechanism for chemically subduing their food. Therefore, they do not have poison and, by the powers of logic, cannot be poisonous from venom regardless of the nature of their mouth parts.

So many false "facts" about spiders, so little time... ;-)

This is a photo of a daddy longlegs on window screen at sunset, as photographed on my mom's house in southern Illinois...

For #WildlifeWednesday  curated by +Mike Spinak and +Morkel Erasmus, and #WholeWildlifeWeek  curated by +Diego Cattaneo, +Dick Whitlock, +Sandy Schepis, and +Anette Mossbacher, and  #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Terrie Gray +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten, and  #Macro4All  by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and  #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +Ruth Hochholdinger, +William Banik, +Nicole Best,
+Magy Duarte and +Olivier Poulet, and #SpiderSunday  / +Spider Sunday curated by +Kimberly Hosey and +Lerato Majikfaerie, and #EverythingIsBeautiful  / +Everything Is Beautiful curated by +Brad Buckmaster...
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Wow, very interesting and informative.  Thanks!
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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 - 2015
  • 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 adventures 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, my Canon 70D, 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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Richland, WA - Los Alamos, NM - MacDoel, CA - Bolivar, MO - Ramsey, IL