About Me: I'm a skeptical, sarcastic, sober progressive. Though I might be labeled a cynic by some, I see myself as more of a disappointed idealist. You can call me Fred. Lord Fred if you prefer. No? Just Fred then. That's fine. Lord Fred is a Secular Humanist.
Movies: I love comedies, revenge movies, good fantasy and sci-fi, and weird ass independent movies mainly. My three favorite movies are Braveheart, Slingblade and Fight Club. And of course there's the holy trilogy of trilogies: Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and The Matrix.
Anything with Bill Murray, Dan Akyroyd, John Candy, Harold Ramis, Chevy Chase, etc. I love everything Judd Apatow touches, especially when Seth Rogen, Jason Segal and Paul Rudd are involved.
TV Shows: I regularly watch Penn and Teller's Bullshit, Real Time with Bill Maher, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and The Henry Rollins Show.
Some of my favorites from the past are MST3K, The X-Files, Mr. Show, Reno 911, The Shield, Scrubs, The State, Roseanne and Northern Exposure.
I love Adult Swim. Metalocalypse, Squidbillies, The Boondocks, Home Movies and Moral Orel are my favorites.
Recent addition: The Walking Dead. Having followed the comic since it first came out, I've been blown away by not only how well-done the show is, but the reception it's been getting.
Books, Comics and Graphic Novels: When it comes to novels, I mainly dig fantasy, but I dabble in sci-fi (Star Wars novels). I read good comics like The Walking Dead (best zombie story ever told), Powers, The Boys, Invincible, Criminal, Kick Ass, and anything by Mark Millar, Robert Kirkman or Brian K. Vaughn.
Some of my favorite novels are The Vampire Lestat, the Thrawn trilogy, the Penhaligon trilogy and other geeky stuff. My favorite comics ever are Preacher, The Walking Dead and The Dark Knight Returns.
Music: My musical taste runs the gamut from the crazy, hardcore metal stuff that frightens children and turns impressionable teens into murdering, self-abusive Satan worshipers to the insanely twisted metal stuff that causes small woodland creatures to spontaneously burst into flames.
While metal is my favorite kind of music, I also like a lot of classic rock, punk, 80s pop, classical, some old country, old-school rap and just a lot of weird-ass, eccentric stuff. I love Queen, Bowie, old Weezer, The Offspring, Run DMC, Beastie Boys and many more.
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Hobbies: Performing, recording and writing music, reading and writing literature, drawing and digital coloring, studying religion and philosophy, science fiction, fantasy, photographing strangers and making little 'wanted' posters of them to put up on the bulletin board at the post office...scratch that.
D&D and other tabletop RPGs, video games, board games, card games (pretty much any kind of game), stand-up comedy (watching it, not performing it), and other insanely interesting interests that are completely and totally interesting.
Likes: Science and reason.
People of character.
Comedy and parody.
Good music with a strong message or interesting story written by talented musicians.
Sunday morning, standing outside in my robe, smoking and drinking coffee with my wife.
Free speech and those who exercise the right to it.
Late nights, working on the computer in the dark with the weather simulator on the surround sound, listening to talk radio with Adult Swim muted on the TV.
Sandbox video games.
The feeling I get when my daughter learns something from me.
How my wife never takes for granted that I make sure to never take her for granted.
Unity without conformity, special hats and slogans.
Listening to George Carlin albums as I drift off to sleep.
The look on the face of a hypocrite or liar when he realizes he's now the only one in the room still buying into his bullshit.
Long drives listening to podcasts, especially at night.
Coffee-flavored sugar drinks.
Dislikes: Bigotry, racism and homophobia.
Ignorance, willful or imposed.
Overly authoritative people.
Stringent copyright laws and any other law designed to protect people who have the least need of being protected.
Complacency in the face of mediocrity.
Default hatred for anything popular.
Dealing with my own hypocrisy in respect to the two previous dislikes.
Other people's hypocrisy.
Purposefully poor or lazy grammar.
Greedy people who take jobs that require them to care about the welfare of others.
Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.
Dungeons & Dragons
Magic: The Gathering
Star Wars Roleplaying Games
Other Games I Play: Dozens of boardgames, old CCGs like Rage, Blood Wars, X-Files, and Star Wars (Decipher), and anything cool I happen upon. I love playing card games with my family. We mostly play Rummy, but have recently gotten into Zombie Fluxx. I also play World of Darkness from time to time.
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