Ersatz_read is currently my primary online persona. Rhymes with 'bread', not 'bead'. (Ersatzbrot - "replacement bread" - was given to POWs during WWII, and was made with low-grade ingredients plus extenders such as sawdust.)
Who am I? I cling to a house and a bit of land in the middle of the USA, a semi-socialist mostly-atheist with bad lawn hygiene and two over-indulged cats. I've lived many places within the country but so far have rarely traveled outside it. I garden, with much experimentation and mixed success. I cook, with much experimentation and mixed success.
In high school, I was all about double-majoring in linguistics and paleoanthropology; but I left college with 3 years of physics and a Master's in math. Now I earn a living in IT, building on an ability to understand (and get along with) both geek and business.
Who am I really? I try hard to be open-minded and non-judgemental, and you should call me on it when I'm not. I see the world as a cloud of options and statistical likelihoods, with few certainties, and I feel there's something inherently beautiful about the general confusion of it all. I can hold my own in a physical fight but aspire to never need to win one. I have high self-esteem but think there's a lot of work to be done yet. I get cranky when I don't write.
I occasionally describe myself as a pedantic iconoclast. It would please me to someday be described as a true polymath.
If you want to friend me, that's cool. If not, that's cool too.