I'm a US Marine with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry who is on a journey to make myself into a better person. I love looking at art and I occasionally make some of my own. I'm quite odd. I sometimes come off as creepy, I don't intend it, I'm just very comfortable with what is commonly considered morbid. My morbid streak can be pretty strong sometimes, but it isn't intentional. I'm an older styled gentleman type, I have a rather strict code of conduct for myself (though I won't push it on anyone else). On a looks scale I'd say I'm about average, you're neither likely to be enamored with me nor repulsed by my appearance. I'm a pretty big geek, I like geek things. I love a good pencil and paper RPG, enjoy good horror or scifi movies, and generally get geek references. I have somewhat darker aesthetic tastes and I'm not ashamed of them. I'm also pretty shy, and terribly socially awkward.
I was a classically trained violinist throughout junior high and high school, and I love classical music. I also enjoy metal (favorite bands would be Opeth, Blind Guardian, Nightwish, Type O Negative, and Dream Theater) because I can often see the musical complexities of classical music in them. I like to read books, mostly anything will do. I have a wealth of useless knowledge in my head, I might spout off facts at random times (like a bardic knowledge skill, points for geek plug ins), and I love to learn new things. I'm very open and honest, I'm terrible at lying but only mediocre at acting. I practiced kendo for almost two years at Michigan State University and one of my friends (who is professionally a historical swordplay instructor) gave me some instruction into the German and Italian longsword traditions, in addition to my own readings and practice, so I have some interest in swordplay and martial combat.
My flaws are glaringly obvious to those who care to look. I suffer from constant feelings of inadequacy, either intrinsic to my being or brought on by my own poor choices. I'm also a bit of a music snob. I'm socially awkward and tend to come off as aloof or pretentious. It's not that I think I'm fundamentally better than others, it's that I'm just not very good at dealing with other people.
My good points are my honesty, my commitment to people, and my flexibility (both in terms of personality and physically). I'm a very forgiving person and I try to keep an open mind. I may disagree with you, but I'll respect your right to an opinion and, while I may try to persuade you of the validity of my point of view, I will rarely (if ever) force you to choose my way or no way at all.
Current Residence: California Desert, or anywhere the Marine Corps tells me to go
Favourite genre of music: Baroque, Classical, Gregorian Chant, or Metal
Favourite photographer: Oleg Volk
Operating System: Ubuntu (Linux FTW!)
MP3 player of choice: winamp
Wallpaper of choice: don't like the stuff, too hard to set up and remove. I just paint my walls
Personal Quote: Most people don't do the right thing because they care, they just do it so they don't get chewed out. If they cared they probably wouldn't be wrong in the first place.