I am a software engineer in Silicon Valley afflicted with recurring dreams of otherworldly creatures, mysterious alien planets and fantastic adventures. I am the author of several novels. Here is my Amazon page.
My interests include writing science fiction, martial arts, strategy games, and 学习普通话.
I often have difficulty with decisionation. After all, one should consider everything that might affect the outcome, and the ramifications of the post-decision world you are about to create... these calculations take time.
I run long distance to stay in shape. I practiced stand up martial arts for over a decade and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for about a decade after that. I like martial arts because it is a type of competition where both mental and physical elements determine the winner.
Many people feel I am slightly on the paranoid side, but I feel that it is only prudent to sleep with weapons close at hand. I do travel on the airlines occasionally but I feel it is foolish to clamber into a hollow aluminum tube and hurtle along at hundreds of miles per hour, thousands of feet above the ground.
I think it is important to have goals in every sector of life (health, finance, career, personal) and I try to advance towards those goals every day. Sometimes it is hard to be constructive on days when you are tired or burned out, but it only takes a little each day to move forward in the long run.
Some of my favorite books are "The Forever War", "Starship Troopers", the Elric saga, the adventures of Fafhrd & the Grey Mouser, the Sten series, a lot of books by the team Niven Pournelle & Barnes, the Cthulhu mythos by Lovecraft, and "In the House of the Worm" by George R.R. Martin. And of course many many more.
As for those taboo subjects. I'm not a religious person. The classifications agnostic, atheist or nondeist would all probably be close to the mark. Politically I am a fiscal conservative and a social liberal. I particularly lament the erosion of our rights and the burgeoning size of the government. When was the last time a bloated bureaucracy could do anything efficiently?