In daily life I focus a lot of my attention on environments and moods. I'm usually pretty deliberate in my actions. Walt Whitman and several old Chinese poets allowed me to come to terms with human mortality, and they also helped me to become more compassionate with people--like many adults who've survived their twenties, I used to be a selfish jerk. I draw a lot of my personal morals from my heroes, most of whom are fictional characters like Jean-Luc Picard and Malcolm Reynolds. The people I admire most are the ones who exude genuineness and curiosity and who value the manifold powers of human reasoning. I find it really rewarding to practice electronics, math, and programming, and I also get a lot of satisfaction doing tactile work like cooking, auto repair, and film development. I teach English at a community college--it's the best job for a lot of reasons, the biggest being the amount of time I get to spend with my wife and daughter. I'm new to being a dad, but confident and well-prepared from years of learning from my own dad, the strangest and most admirable man I know. I write all sorts of things, from songs and poems to essays and works of fiction--in fact, right now I'm working on the second draft of my first novel. I also like good comedy, good burgers, and good video games.