Hi! I'm Will (or Technophile, or Techno, or Tech or that guy).
The forums are a damn cool place and you should check them out!
I live in LA and I work in the gaming industry in community management.
I <3 Destructoid
and now some rambling:
Technophilia and technophobia are the two extremes of the relationship between technology and society. The technophobe fears or dislikes technology, often regarding some or all technology with fear. This may be as a consequences of fear of change, a prior catastrophic experience with technology or because it may lead to a process of dehumanization.
The technophile sees most or all technology as positive, adopting technology enthusiastically, and seeing it as a means to potentially improve life and combat social problems. A technophile will choose technology above other methods rather than rationally selecting the best tool for the job.
* I'm a modern man.
A man for the millennium, digital and smoke free. A diversified multicultural postmodern deconstructionist. Politically, anatomically, and ecologically incorrect. I've been uplinked and downloaded. I've been inputted and outsourced. I know the upside of downsizing. I know the downside of upgrading. I'm a high-tech lowlife. A cutting-edge, state-of-the-art, bicoastal multitasker. And I can give you a gigabyte in a nanosecond. I'm new wave but I'm old school. And my inner child is outward bound. I'm a hot-wired, heat-seeking, warm-hearted, cool customer. Voice activated and biodegradable. I interface from a database, And my database is in cyberspace. So I'm interactive, I'm hyperactive, And from time-to-time I'm radioactive. Behind the eight ball, ahead of the curve. Riding the wave, dodging a bullet. Pushing the envelope. I'm on point, on task, on message, and off drugs. I got no need for coke and speed. I got no urge to binge and purge. I'm in the moment, on the edge, over the top, but under the radar. A high concept, low profile, medium range ballistic missionary. A street-wise smart bomb. A top-gun bottom feeder. I wear power ties, I tell power lies, I take power naps, I run victory laps. I'm a totally ongoing bigfoot slam dunk rainmaker with a proactive outreach. A raging workaholic. A working rageaholic. Out of rehab, and in denial. I got a personal trainer, a personal shopper, a personal assistant, and a personal agenda. You can't shut me up, you can't dumb me down. 'Cause I'm tireless, and I'm wireless. I'm an alpha male on beta blockers. I'm a non-believer and an over-achiever. Laid back but fashion forward. Up front, down home, low rent, high maintenance. Super size, long lasting, high definition, fast acting, oven ready, and built to last. I'm a hands on, foot loose, knee jerk, head case. Prematurely post traumatic, and I have a love child who sends me hate mail. But I'm feeling, I'm caring, I'm healing, I'm sharing. A supportive bonding nurturing primary care giver. My output is down, but my income is up. I take a short position on the long bond, and my revenue stream has its own cash flow. I read junk mail, I eat junk food, I buy junk bonds, I watch trash sports. I'm gender specific, capital intensive, user friendly, and lactose intolerant. I like rough sex. I like tough love. I use the F word in my eMail, And the software on my hard drive is hard core, no soft porn. I bought a microwave at a mini mall. I bought a mini van in a mega store. I eat fast food in the slow lane. I'm toll free, bite sized, ready to wear, and I come in all sizes. A fully equipped, factory authorized, hospital tested, clinically proven, scientifically formulated medical miracle. I've been pre-washed, pre-cooked, pre-heated, pre-screened, pre-approved, pre-packaged, post-dated, freeze-dried, double-wrapped, vacuum-packed, and I have an unlimited broadband capacity. I'm a rude dude, But I'm the real deal. Lean and mean. Cocked, locked and ready to rock. Rough tough and hard to bluff. I take it slow. I go with the flow. I ride with the tide. I got glide in my stride. Drivin' and movin', sailin' and spinnin', jivin' and groovin', wailin' and winnin'. I don't snooze so I don't lose. I keep the pedal to the metal and the rubber on the road. I party hearty, And lunch time is crunch time. I'm hanging in, there ain't no doubt. And I'm hanging tough, over and out.
Some of these might be interesting, most of em will probably be whiney and emo. So read with caution.
1. Iím a Buddhist
No really. I know what you are thinking, ďlol white guy who is a Buddhist? LOL WEEBOOĒ and thatís fine. You can think that. I still am one however. I specifically follow the teachings of Bodhidharma. Iím always hesitant to speak about religion with anyone. Case in point being when during a conversation about religion with a couple coworkers, I mentioned that I was a Buddhist and my coworker countered with ďSo, donít you believe in magical powers or some shit then?Ē *sigh* Thatís why I donít talk about it. I donít go to a temple, I donít ďworshipĒ a god. Itís a life philosophy and no, Iím not perfect about it either.
2. I wish I did something cool in the games industry
While itís awesome that I work in the industry and I love it, I wish I could be an industry rockstar. Iím working on it, but I doubt it will ever happen. I think Iím just stuck being an office zombie doing work on games nobody cares about. Much like the movie industry, thatís what a lot of people do in games.
3. Iím envious of people with special talents
Especially music or art. Personally, I donít think I have one particular skill or trait that Iím over the top excellent at. I used to be pretty good at drawing, at least good enough that I was taking college prep courses in high school for it, but my interest in it fell. So thatís more my fault for not sticking with it. Music, Iím incredibly untalented in and I love music, so Iím jealous of those that can do it.
4. Iím really proud of the forums
In case that wasnít obvious. By no means can I take credit for much of it. Iím really just ďmanagingĒ them in a sense of Iím adjusting options here and tweaking stuff there or coming up with ideas for things to do. I couldnít do it without the editors, CTZ, Mxy, and especially Niero. Of course, itís the community itself that creates all the awesome content. Without the community, the forums would be empty. I guess Iím really just proud to have played a part in it.
5. I have a really wacky schedule
Whenever Iím jobless, (like I am now)I tend to revert to my natural sleeping schedule. Iím a night person, so I tend to stay up till about 5 or 6am and sleep till 1 or 2. I really feel like a lazy bum, but I am only sleeping 8 hours. Itís just a weird 8 hours. So if you ever see me on the forums at like 5am PST, thatís why.
6. I have a reaaaaly poor image of myself
Oh, here we go with the whiney emo crap. Yeah, I have a really poor image of myself. I honestly donít think I contribute a whole lot of anything worthwhile. To make things even more difficult, I hate it when people pity me (or what I perceive as pity). It just makes me feel worse and then I get upset about it. Letís just say I was ignored by my parents and itís usually the reason most of the relationships Iíve had fail and leave it at that. Yes, Iíve been to therapy, it helped but I still get really self conscious about everything.
7. I smoke like a damn chimney
Yes, I know itís bad for me. Yes I know itís gross. I KNOW. Fully aware of how dumb it is of me to not only smoke but also be aware of how bad it is. I still do it though. Itís relaxing and it helps me clear my head. I had a girl tell me she was breaking up with me because she was tired of me smoking. Of course Iím the asshole for pointing out that I smoked before and while we were dating and she never said it was a dealbreaker. Why date a smoker if you hate smokers? Which leads me to my next thingÖ
8. Iím pretty sure Iím un-dateable
Woo, more emo shit. This cartoon demonstrates what happens with every girl Iíve ever tried to get with. Itís been about 6 years since my last decent relationship. Iíve had girls Iíve dated since then, sure. Iíve gotten laid since then, absolutely. But those never turned into anything lasting more than a few months. Iíve pretty much stopped trying at this point. Iíve been set up, Iíve gone out and met people with the exclusive purpose of picking someone up (a practice I just loathe) and Iíve had girls approach me. None of it works. Iím sure it has a lot to do with #6 and various other things I do wrong.
9. I really dig science. Especially astrophysics
Letís go back to positive stuff. I really dig the study of space. I think itís just fascinating and Iíll watch or read anything having to do with it. In particular, anything having to do with how the universe works. Anything in theoretical physics is also just endlessly fascinating for me.
10. Iím a lore junkie
Iím a big fan of lore. I play WOW just because itís got such a involved backstory. Heck, I catch myself reading the wowwiki just for background info about some random NPC. I also tend to love games that have established histories, even if itís the first game of a series or the backstory is just discovered through the game. It explains why I love star wars (because there is so much going on beyond the films), why I love fallout 3 and why I love Diablo and Half Life among many other great games with great lore.
Ok, sorry that was probably TL/DR and most likely dumb. For those of you that read it, thanks. For those of you that didnít, thanks. For those of you that donít care, waffles.