This blog used to be an extensive commentary of my misadventures on Dereth, in the game, "Asheron's Call." Now it's an extension of my Twitter feed. Some things take more than 140 characters to say. First things first -- the curious matter of my "name . . . "
"Tai Fung" is my handle from the MMORPG "Asheron's Call." It was a lovely game, and has served as a nice pseudonym for online crapola. I use it because by day, I'm an attorney with the Feds, just an OK distance runner (recently broke a sub-4 hour marathon), and sucky triathlete. That sport is also VERY expensive, but I keep trying (to not drown)!
The reason for the pseudonym is that I think it's important to keep my professional and personal life separated as much as I can. I work in a sensitive area of the law. Beyond that, opposing counsel (and stalkers) will Google you, and I'd rather not pop up as being a guy who likes being taken serious professionally, but also makes dick jokes on Twitter.
I've been a DC-area resident since I graduated college in the early 90s, although I've lived in the city itself since 2004. And there's hardly a step of pavement this side of the Anacostia river I haven't run. I've covered every step of the Mount Vernon Trail many times over, and have also covered the entire W&OD trail at various points. I've run every concrete, grassy, and historic block of the entire National Mall.
So yeah, I know my way around this area.
In mid 2010, I sustained the leading edge of a serious knee injury. I ran on it anyway. This resulted in me missing ALL of 2011, and 2012 was spent running short distances. I recovered in 2013 to break a 4-hour marathon, and set PRs in virtually all race distances I ran. So I'm hopeful that 2014 will see me continue to train smarter.
I was the CLASSIC high school nerd. I still am, but I'm no longer scared of Jocks or Preppies.
I am squarely pro-science, and anti-extremist. "South Park" often mirrors my take on an issue. Pick an issue, we usually match. And curse. A lot! If mere words can offend you, it's your problem, not mine.
I'm a proponent of the Skepticism movement (think James Randi and the JREF). I consider myself "Agnostic," as most would call it. I'm glad if you believe in God. I'm disinterested in the question. Science works. Let's be clear: I am PRO-vaccine. 9/11 was done by Al-Q, not an inside job. Obama was born in Hawaii. And, because I can't believe I have to say this, germs cause disease (wow).
There is a list of some of my favorite tweets. They are a pretty good cross section of who I am.
I used to delete @reply tweets very frequently, although now I do it roughly every month. The full explanation why is in this blog. But know it's absolutely nothing personal. I'm all about a clean TL.
FYI: The former "complete Twitter list" of everyone connected with the wonderful musical, "The Book of Mormon," has been deleted. It's a great show, but I am no longer a follower of anyone associated with it. The explanation why is in this blog.