In case I get folks coming over to the house, a little about me: I live in the Missouri Ozarks near Branson. I'm a computer programmer/web guy with degrees in computer science and philosophy. I have a wife and baby son (the Bear.) I'll be 30 in February. I'm a fiscal and social conservative and a Republican (not necessarily the same thing.) I have this blog because I think it's fun to think and write about the stuff I do; if I didn't enjoy it, I wouldn't do it. By and large I do not take arguments personally, although I will cut off debate if it becomes about me personally instead of my ideas. I am patient and thorough and longwinded (very longwinded.)
I chose "Slarrow" because of the Hamlet reference and because I like the sound of it. I prefer the online handle instead of my real name because (a) knowing the web as I do, I know what's possible with identity tricks, and (b) it's fun. I like to think of myself as an Ozark Intellectual; for example, I can debate very extensively on topics like abortion and the death penalty and the ramifications and justifications for each, but I think it boils down to guilt and innocence, and I follow my intuitions on those factors.
I typically stay away from the computer on weekends, so beware if you ask an interesting question on Friday afternoon. I'm a St. Louis Cardinals fan. I don't watch much TV. I love to read; it is absolutely my favorite hobby, and I'm especially fond of fantasy fiction. (Lately I've been trawling through my Terry Pratchett again.) I have a waterfall on my place when the season's wet and a ton of work to do around here. I went deer hunting for the first time in my life this year and didn't get one; naturally, they're everywhere now. Curses. Wait until next year.
That's me in a nutshell, heavy on the nut. Welcome.