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I live in the Mid-Atlantic section of the US. I like art, music, science, history and fine wines. My sports interests are limited to the Eagles. I run a little non-NS forum (some members are from NS), for discussing issues of the day: Glass Bead Game

Books on my nightstand right now: Just finished "The Complete Sherlock Holmes Vol. 1". I like the old English mysteries the best. Currently reading Carl Segan's "The Daemon Haunted World". The book is about how science overcomes superstition.

TV shows I'm not ashamed to admit I watch: The main two shows I like are: CSI which adds a little science with the murder mystery and Meet the Press mostly because I think Tim Russert is one of the best interviewers around.

Movies I love so much I've watched them more than twice: My all time favorite movie is "2001: A Space Odyssey". Dave: "Open the pod-bay doors Hal." Hal: "I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that." It may be that I really like this movie, more than most, because I read the book first.

Web sites I visit regularly: BBC Still the best news source. drudgereport Yes Drudge is an attention whore but he does tend to get things posted first.

Favorite type of music: I like music of all kinds. With the exception of opera, mostly because it's too much work to get into. My favorite is guitar-oriented rock, power-pop in particular. Throw in a little politics or social commentary (like say early Gang of Four) that's the kind of stuff I can't get enough of.

First album (disc) I ever bought: The first album I bought was the Beatle's Yellow Submarine. Not their best but it was where I started. Of course, I long ago bought all their other releases.

Recording I play when my soul needs a lift: There are so many songs that make be feel good. For rocking out there's nothing like the Beatle's version of "Money" or the first Pretenders album. But if I'm feeling down Caravan's "Nine Feet Underground" can always lift me up.

Favorite piece of art that I've seen in person: This is tough to limit to just one so I'm going with what comes to mind first and that is George Seurat's seurat18.jpg Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

Living person I'd most like to join for dinner and conversation: Because of his approach to art I'd love to get to talk with Brian Eno.

One place I've never been to that I'd like to visit: The Louvre in Paris. I'm sure I could spend a whole month there and just be getting started.

One law that I'd like to see enacted is: The first law I'd pass if I was put in charge; is to place a time limit on all laws and regulations. I would much rather that law makers be spending most of their time reviewing regulations up for renewal rather than cranking out new laws.