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19 April 1979
I recently moved to Chicago, after wanting to for about a decade. Previously I've lived in a crappy conservative small town, a college town, and a crappy conservative mid-sized city. Living in Chicago has made me interested in mass transit systems and urban planning, as well as given me an appreciation for traditional, pre-WWII architecture. Up until a couple of years ago I mostly just liked stark, industrial-looking modern buildings.

My condo is overrun with adorable cats. We have 5 of them: Demon, Rosalie, Tavi, Sasha, and Cricket.

I work for a large IT corporation but loathe corporate culture, and my main career goal is to find a job with a smaller, less hierarchical company, rather than rising through the corporate ranks and making more money.

I support the so-called "culture of death"- I have no moral problems with abortion, prostitution, recreational drug use, sex and violence-filled entertainment, promiscuity, etc. I don't choose to partake in all of those activities myself though. I actually score somewhat high on purity tests even though I think "purity" is kind of a dumb concept.

I've been surgically sterilized. I'm not yet convinced that the continued survival of the human species is a good thing.

Years ago I thought of myself as liberal politically, but I can't anymore due to my disgust with nanny-state laws restricting "hate speech", regulating violent videogames, banning guns, public smoking ordinances, etc. Now I identify with anarchism more than any other political ideology, though I have my doubts about the sustainibility of an anarchist society.

I hyphenated my name along with my wife when I got married, because I detest patriarchy and I didn't want my name to be a symbol of it.
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