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No, I'm not really endlessly fascinating (although one can always hope), but I thought I'd post a bit about myself anyway. I'm not sure whether introductions are de rigeur on these boards or not, but I figured it couldn't do any harm.<br><br><br><br>
I'm a 23 (turn 23 tomorrow, that is) year old straight white male, of 3/4 Jewish ancestry (1/4 is Swedish, 1/4 Russian Jewish, and 1/2 Polish Jewish). I go to the University of Chicago, where I'm majoring in economics. I used to be a mathematics major who specialized in economics, but it turns out I'm bad at math.<br><br><br><br>
I'm usually in the south side of Chicago, Illinois, for college, but sometimes I'm in St. Louis, Missouri.<br><br><br><br>
I'm became a vegetarian almost 10 years ago (summer of 1997, I think), and became a pseudo-vegan around two years ago. (note: I make an exception for honey in my veganism, because I don't think its production is morally objectionable (I hope I'm not sparking some great controversy here). I first became a vegan at college while still being ovo-lacto at home, because I didn't want to drive my mom crazy. Eventually, while talking with a counselor about 9 months ago about being more assertive, I decided to tell my mom that I was going full time vegan, and if she found this too onerous, I could cook for myself.) I don't consider my being veg*n a big part of my identity, and I'm not really an activist (although I am veg*n for ethical reasons, not health reasons). I suppose my view is that ethics is intuitive at its core, but should be subject to rational scrutiny. (I approach ethical matters with a mix of Humean sentimentalism, Benthamite utilitarianism, and Moorean intuitionism)<br><br><br><br>
I'm something of a politics junkie type. I'm a liberal with a few libertarian tendencies (I might be considered a "moderate liberal," but I'm not moderate about everything. For example, I support free trade and think Bob Rubin was a great treasury secretary, but I opposed the Iraq war from the beginning). Blog-wise, I like Brad DeLong, Ezra Klein, Julian Sanchez, Majikthise (Lindsay Beyerstein), Matthew Yglesias, and Pandagon.<br><br><br><br>
I like some pen & paper role-playing games (e.g., Dungeons & Dragons, etc) and some computer games, mainly strategy (Civilization-type games). Currently, my computer's very outdated, so I don't really play contemporary games, and I don't really play games much at all anymore.<br><br><br><br>
I enjoy cooking. It's really not a chore for me, even independently of getting to eat the food. Cleaning up afterwards, on the other hand, is a chore, and my sink has a definite tendency to accumulate dishes. I like to consider myself a good cook, although I have a somewhat limited repertoire. Like everyone else here (probably), I found "Vegan With a Vengeance" a lot of fun. (hurray banana-pecan pancakes!)<br><br><br><br>
I've never liked drugs, smoking, or alcohol (except red wine as a component of marinara sauce). It's more an issue of what I personally find appealing than a moral issue for me, though.<br><br><br><br>
I also like to garden, especially herbs. Currently, I don't have a garden, and my apartment has a north-facing window, but I'm looking into possible ways I might grow something, and am trying to get in touch with my landlord about it regarding an unused bit of the apartment buildings' grounds. (might work, might not)<br><br><br><br>
I also like fictional writing, although I don't do as much as I'd like. Currently, my big project is "Commander Lance Proton, Space Ranger!" a sci-fi/space opera novel. I'm attempting to give it an atmosphere of 50s retro-kitsch while still making it more than a gimmick and taking the premise seriously (while still giving it a bit of humor). I've tried NaNoWriMo before. I got about 7% done before the month ran out.<br><br><br><br>
I'm an atheist. I don't have any definitive certainty that there is no god, just as I don't have definitive certainty that Elvis isn't still alive, but it doesn't strike me as a matter of great uncertainty or speculation. I'm not an evangelical atheist: I just believe what I believe, and don't believe what I don't believe.<br><br><br><br>
I usually like to think of myself as a basically upbeat, optimistic guy. Lately I've been having some problems, including academic and psychaitric problems, but I'm trying to overcome them.
 

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Nice to have you here! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:">
 

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Well ! what an ontro , a good honest intuitive thinker<br><br><br><br>
Hope you get onto the boards and have a bit of a rave<br><br><br><br>
see yuh around<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Idhan</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I like some pen & paper role-playing games (e.g., Dungeons & Dragons, etc) and some computer games, mainly strategy (Civilization-type games). Currently, my computer's very outdated, so I don't really play contemporary games, and I don't really play games much at all anymore.</div>
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Hello fellow gamer. Absolutely adore Civilization. I've been playing civ4 recently with some amazing user-made content. Got distracted by one of the best game series ever created - Baldurs Gate and am finding my life is being sucked away by old graphics and great gameplay.<br><br><br><br>
I hope you enjoy the forum.
 

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Welcome! A whole bunch of those words were too fancy for my vocabulary <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dizzy2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":dizzy:"><br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dancingbanana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":nana:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/pibo.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":pibo:">
 

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Welcome! Interesting intro. I hope to see more of your posts in the Compost Heap forum!
 

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Hi and welcome to Veggieboards....nice intro!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Welcome! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:">
 

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Welcome! And I agree, come visit the Compost Heap <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dancingbanana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":nana:">
 

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Wow, what an intro! You miss anything, ya think? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
Anyway, welcome to VB! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:">
 

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Welcome to VB! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sunny.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sunny:">
 
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