About the North American Daver

The North American Daver is a thickset, omnivorous mammal generally found in suburban regions of Northern Virginia except during periodic migrations to the Hawaiian Islands. Its diet consists primarily of plants, lean meat, fish, and whole grains (chocolate being included under “plants”).

Standing upright on its hind feet, a Daver can be up to 1.73 meters tall. The adult has brown eyes, a prominent snout, and a stocky build, but lacks the tail of its forebears. Though it generally has short brown hair, the coat can vary in color from brown through a distressing shade of grey.

Each large paw has five fingers used for foraging, grooming, and general geekery. When necessary, they can run at speeds up to 8 km/h and are generally buoyant in the water.

The Daver does not normally congregate in large groups. Interaction with humans has been documented, though accounts vary as to the frequency and outcome.


What I’m currently up to:

  • Professional: Developing a few iOS apps, freelance, while submitting job applications and writing up a business plan
  • Running: Have done four 5-miler and two 10k trail races so far this year
  • Reading (leisure): Currently reading The Nerdist Way by Chris Hardwick. Recent reads:
    • American Sniper by Chris Kyle
    • 1776 by David McCullough
    • The Stand by Stephen King
    • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    •  1Q84 and Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
  • Reading (professional): Test-Driven iOS Development by Graham Lee. Starting into CISSP and PMP study guides.
  • Watching: Breaking Bad season 1, Arrested Development season 4, and waiting for The Walking Dead season 4 to get to Netflix
  • Playing: Tokyo Jungle. Recently played: The Last of UsFallout 2 (yes, “2” – nostalgia trip), GTA V, and Defender’s Quest: Valley of the Forgotten. Next up is the story DLC for The Last of Us, then Bioshock Infinite
  • Cooking: Have made several pilafs recently (rice, quinoa, etc.) along with various bean dishes (mixed bean soup, chili, etc.)
  • Gardening: Started transplanting seedlings grown in an AeroGarden (acquired from Freecycle) after more garden preparation than was anticipated (I thought I had put a lot more good soil in the yard last year, but found a lot more clay than expected still in place).

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