About Dust Raven

I’ve never been good at these “about me” types of things. What I figure I’ll do is simply copy over stuff I’ve written about myself on one of those online communities that only work if you give a shit about them or otherwise don’t really have a life. My excuse for even being on them is that some of my friends are on them. Then again I suppose they work somewhat because I can keep in touch with people I met in college. Which is to say I can occasionally get online and see a picture of them

What I’m Doing With My Life

As a wanna-be graphic designer and webmaster, I have been spending a lot of time honing my skills in various website scripting languages. So far I’ve pretty much mastered HTML and CSS. Slowly I’m working out PHP and MySQL to create more dynamic sites. Recently I’ve begun to design themes for WordPress. Eventually I will completely conquer the Internet as a key stage in eventually taking over the world.

I’m also in the market for a house. I’m sick of living in an apartment, sharing walls with my neighbors and fighting over convenient parking. I’m sick of bug problems that can’t be solved because they just move to and from each apartment. I want new problems. Like being forced to schedule an extra garbage pickup because we did some Spring cleaning. I would like to be forced to mow my own lawn, trim my own hedges, rake my own leaves and maybe, just maybe, have to painstakingly clean the filter of my pool. Hopefully soon I will be able to trade burdens. This too, is a key to taking over the world, as world conquerors who live in apartments are simply lame.

I’m Really Good At

Procrastination. Really. For example, I once bought a poster which displayed the Procrastinators’ Creed. It was awesome! Naturally, it took me over a year before I actually hung it up on a wall. No joke. It’s not like I was trying to be funny or ironic or anything; it just happened that way. Besides, putting things off is fun. There’s always the possibility someone else will just do it for you and there is nothing more satisfying than a problem going away due to inaction. Besides, procrastinating leaves me with more time to plot world domination.

I’m also good at math and science stuff. I suppose potentially I could be one of those rocket scientists or quantum physicists or something equally brainy. Unfortunately, I procrastinate. Also, I have a dream of taking over the world which tends to take up a lot of my time, despite the fact I really haven’t gotten started on that either.

I skilled at entertaining others. I like making people laugh and I’m told I’m good at it. My fiancĂ©e thinks I should be a stand-up comic. I prefer to sit. Well, lounge actually. More like sprawl… Anyway my humor is usually sarcastic, often dirty and always situational. Basically my life is a continuous sit-com, only without the canned laughter or live studio audience. Well, except when it’s a total daytime soap opera… but those are usually just as corny as a sit-com anyway. And… um… taking over the world… would be… funny?

According to the people I play role-playing games with, I’m an excellent game master. I’m not sure what makes me a good game master. I blame it on my insatiable desire to entertain those around me. I do enjoy playing games of any kind though. Of RPGs, Hero System (Champions & Star Hero) is my favorite, but I also enjoy some occasional D&D or Amber Diceless. Of course, these games are really just a diabolical training exercise as I prepare to… plan my next game. (Ha! Thought I was gonna take over the world didn’t ya? Well, um… so did I. I’ll let you know how that works out.)

The First Things People Usually Notice About Me

I’m tall. No, not gigantic or anything; just intimidatingly, rustic cowboy tall. No, I’m not a cowboy either. I was only raised by cowboys. No really, they wore cowboy hats, played guitar and sang country music while sitting around a campfire and everything. Of course I’ve completely rejected the cowboy lifestyle and have pursued the lofty and hedonistic life of the city slicker.

My Favorite Books, Movies, Music, Food, etc….

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Akira, The Amber Chronicles by Roger Zelazny, Amberwolf, Anything by Robert Aspirin, Bach, Bacon cheeseburgers, Batman Begins, Beethoven, Blue Man Group, Blues Brothers, Bowling for Soup, Candy corn, Cheese fries w/ baccon, Cheesecake, Chimichangas, Click Five, Conversation hearts, The Crucible by Arther Miller, Cusco, Dark chocolate, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Diet RC Cola, Dream Theater, Electric Light Orchestra, Equilibrium, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Fitet mignon, Guacamole, Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Indredibles, Jack-In-The-Box tacos, Jim Steinman, Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach, Journey, The Killers, Labyrinth, The Last Unicorn, Lemon chicken, Lemon Demon, Linkin Park, Lucifer’s Halo by Joseph Michael Linsner, Manheim Steamroller, Marvelous 3, Meat Loaf, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Mozart, My Chemical Romance, Mystery Men, Nickleback, Nightwish, Oingo Boingo, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, Pachelbel, Pizza w/ black olive & tomatoes, Princess Bride, Queen, R.E.M., Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Rush, Shakespear in Love, Shaun of the Dead, Shrimp, Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman, Spies Like Us, Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein, Styx, They Might Be Giants, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, Tom Lehrer, Trading Places, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Unbreakable, Vanessa Carlton, Vanessa Mae, Anything by Jules Verne, Wayne Lytle, Weird Al Yankovic, Anything by Weis & Hickman, Wizard of Speed and Time and Wizards.

I Spend a Lot of Time Thinking About

Writing, family, mysteries of the universe, death, how to prove Einstein was wrong about relativity, web design, music, art, religion, philosophy, mathematics, killer bees, life, stupid people, taking over the world and sex.

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