My name is Christopher Grant Harris. I was born on May 6, 1977 in Renton, Washington, USA. I didn’t cry when I was born. I came out of my mamma and just kinda looked around.
My first word was “Bird.” I said it while pointing at a bird flying overhead. It had a double meaning, though, as I pointed at the bird with my middle finger, giving the bird “the bird.”
I went to Montessori school up until 6th grade, to which I credit most of my success (parents! Go Montessori for your kids! Trust me!). I then went to a tiny middle school (with a class of only 7 kids when I was in ninth grade).
I went to Eastside Catholic High School for three years until graduating 18th in my class in 1995. No, I’m not Catholic, and neither is anyone in my family. The school had great English and Art departments (although it’s science department was DOG CRAP). I then went four years at Western Washington University, where I got a BA in Fine Arts: Graphic Design/Illustration.
In the Spring of 2005 I was hospitalized for severe intestinal problems. Eventually my entire lower intestines (aka large intestines, colon, and bowel) had to be removed via major surgery. I lived with a piece of my small intestine sticking out through my belly (covered by an ostemy bag) for three months. Then after another surgey my small intestines were pushed back inside my belly where they belong and I no longer had to wear the bag, although I am still without my lower intestines, with no real side effects to speak of. Click here for more information about this really fascinating procedure.
I now live a completely normal life in a gorgeous little house in Tacoma, do internet stuff for a living, write a blog, compose music, perform improv, make arts and crafts, watch movies, play a video game here and there, and have a generally wonderful time with my wife, my daughter, my dog, and my kitty.
I have my fingers in a lot of pots. I’m what you might call a “creative” person in that I’m always creating something or other. For a more complete look at my various projects, please visit my projects page.
I am a firm believer that you can tell a lot about a person by the kind of things that they like. With that in mind…
I have an entire section of this website devoted to movies, to I’ll only talk a little about them here. Go to my Movie Reviews section to learn more.
I like to go see the movies, by which I mean that I like to go out and watch movies in the theater more than I like to watch them on TV/video/DVD/streaming (usually).
Here are some movies that I consider my all-time favorites (in alphabetical order):
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
Army of Darkness
Beauty and the Beast
Big Trouble in Little China
- Bruce Campbell vs Army of Darkness
City of Lost Children
Evil Dead 2
Lost in Translation
Lost Skeleton of Cadavra
The Manchurian Candidate (original)
The Matrix (original)
North by Northwest
The Seven Samurai
Star Wars (entire series)
Toy Story Trilogy
Here are my “Best Pictures” of the previous decade:
- 2001: Ghost World
- 2002: Adaptation
- 2003: Lost in Translation
- 2004: The Incredibles
- 2005: Serenity
- 2006: A Prairie Home Companion
- 2007: Grindhouse
- 2008: The Fall
- 2009: Up
- 2010: Toy Story 3
Work in progress, baby!
These are the currently-running TV shows that I set my DVR to record, or catch OnDemand (in alphabetical order):
- Adventure Time with Finn & Jake
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- Community (Online only now)
- Doctor Who
- So You Think You Can Dance
- Sleepy Hollow
- Steven Universe
- Z Nation
And these are shows that I like to watch even though they’re mostly no longer on the air (or are only in reruns or syndication). Basically when a show ends I move it from that list up there to this list down here:
- The Adventures of Pete & Pete
- The Avengers
- Batman: The Animated Series
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Ghost Hunters
- Good Eats with Alton Brown
- Home Movies
- The Kids in the Hall
- The Legend of Korra
- The Middleman
- Samurai Jack
- Sym-Bionic Titan
- Teen Titans
- The Tick (live action or cartoon)
- The Transformers
- Under the Mailbox Theater
- Veronica Mars
I like to read a lot. People say that TV is bad for you, but at least you can do something else while you’re watching TV, like draw or wash dishes or something. But when I read, that’s ALL I do, to the exclusion of eating, sleeping, listening to people when they try to talk to me, etc.
My favorite fiction genre is old-timey Science Fiction, back when people didn’t quite know what radiation would do to the human body, before anybody landed on the moon, when computers took up entire rooms. I love looking at how different time periods viewed the future. My favorite authors are Robert A. Heinlein and Isaac Asimov, both masters of the “hard” science fiction where the stories are based on real, speculative science, and were at least plausible when they were written. It’s great to go back and read the stories that they wrote, which now seem completely cliche, and realize that oh, wait, they INVENTED these cliches!
I also like Larry Niven, who is kind of in the generation after Heinlein and Asimov. I really like the descriptive power of Brian Aldiss, whose worlds are the most rich and vivid of anyone I’ve ever read, and full of some startling originality (too bad his plots are mostly dog crap and he can’t write endings to save his life). I tried reading some Philip K. Dick, but he’s way to distopian and depressing for me, and I figured out his writing formula after only reading a handful of his books.
Anyway. Here are my favorite SF books:
Stranger in a Strange Land (Heinlein)
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (Heinlein)
The Cat Who Walks Through Walls: A Comedy of Manners (Heinlein)
Have Space Suit, Will Travel (Heinlein)
Job: A Comedy of Justice (Heinlein)
The Caves of Steel (Asimov)
I, Robot—and the rest of the Robot Series (Asimov)
The Lucky Starr Series (Asimov)
The Malacia Tapestry (Aldiss)
Outside of the SF genre, my favorite fiction author is Haruki Murakami, most famous for A Wild Sheep Chase. I also tend to like Niel Gaiman.
I also like reading popularized science books, written for people who want to know about theoretical physics without having to deal with math. My favorite authors for those are Asimov (again) and Michio Kaku.
Other than that I like to read books about various pop-culture subjects, particularly animation history.
I never used to listen to a lot of music. I didn’t really even know there was such a thing as popular music until 7th grade or so. I’ve almost always hated the radio. But in the last decade something has dramatically changed, and I find that not only am I a great fan of a good many musics, but that I am also gleefully writing and composing more musics than ever.
Here are my favorite musicians/bands right now (in alphabetical order):
- The Jesus Rehab
- Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount
- Kay Hanley (of Letters To Cleo / The Dilettantes / Palmdale fame)
- Leeni/Prom Queen
- Marian Call
- Open Mike Eagle
- Three Ninjas
And my favorite musical act of all time is:
They MIGHT BE Giants
I also, of course, write music for two groups:
|Saucecore||The Crazy Boy Floyds|
I’ve been known to play a video game now and then.
The first video game system I had when I was a kid was the Colecovision. We had a tonne of games for that thing. Then growing up I was a Nintendo loyalist. I had all of the Nintendo systems except for the GameBoy. Any GameBoy, in fact (original, Pocket, Color, Advance, Advance SP). Now I have the Wii U and the 3DS.
My favorite series of games of all time is the Mega Man series, especially the original six. I also like the Mega Man X series. I do not, however, like the Mega Man Battle Network series or anything after that at all. I also particularly enjoy the Zelda games and the Mario Games (particularly the Mario Kart games).
If you think I’m just about the most awesome person whose crappy autobiography you’ve ever read, you should not feel at all bad about getting me a present. To that end, here is my amazon.com wishlist. Get me something good, a’ight?