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Returning nothing of value.

5 January 1979
I am $CURRENT_YEAR - 1979 years old, male, single, Jewish, geeky, and disabled. I look rather like Hagrid in jeans and t-shirt, except that I now prefer slacks. My favored styles of humor are absurdity, biting sarcasm, puns, witty banter, and that peculiarly Minnesotan brand of humor that combines the mundanely banal with the existentially terrifying.

I work as a programmer, web designer, system administrator, and all-around Alpha Geek for a small, ND-based GIS company. The work is exciting, challenging, and fun, but quite esoteric, so I don't often blog about it.

Politically, I used to describe myself as a "moderate-liberal sociocapitalist/social libertarian/constitutionalist", but not all in one breath. I now self-describe as a liberal progressive social democrat. I believe government exists to be the tool of the people's will, to protect the public from exploitation by the powerful, and to provide services desired by and for the public good. I also believe the most important freedom we have is that embodied in the First Amendment (though I shan't give the others short shrift, especially 4, 5, 6, 8, and 9). I support any and all actions which expand the rights of individual people; I do not believe in corporations or groups having rights greater than, or different than, those of their constituent persons.

With regards to LiveJournal, I have a few patterns. I don't make many friends-only posts, and I post infrequently; however, when I do post, I try to make it worthwhile, or at least amusing. I don't make use of filters, comment screening, disabling of anonymous comments, or the like, and only ban people if they are really obnoxious (it's happened a total of once). If you friend me, and I don't friend you back, it probably means I didn't notice, since I don't often check my own info page; drop me a line somehow to let me know.

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new
discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny ..."
-- Isaac Asimov
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