Some have seen Miles Curtiss perform as Marvin the Robot. Some have come to him for computer help at Free Geek Columbus, a grassroots co-op on Campus. Others just know his loud, infectious laugh. Now the giddy, kindhearted wild man speaks out.

Some have seen Miles Curtiss perform as Marvin the Robot. Some have come to him for computer help at Free Geek Columbus, a grassroots co-op on Campus. Others just know his loud, infectious laugh. Now the giddy, kindhearted wild man speaks out.

Name: Miles Curtiss

Age: 29

Job: Free Geek Columbus

Neighborhood: Campus

Hometown: Columbus

Alma mater: Grand Valley State University

Web: marvintherobot.org

When I was 12, I just started writing songs because I was bored. I used to walk a lot, so that gave me opportunity to hum things and make up s---.

I finally bought a guitar off my aunt for $15, but it took me a year before I realized there were specific kinds of strings you had to get for guitars. I used to use those weed-whacker things - the little plastic strand thing that's in a spindle - because they fit.

I work at Free Geek through Volunteers in Service to America, or VISTA. It's basically a grant that's given to non-profits so they can have a person like me come in and take on full-time hours when they can't normally afford to hire one.

Most of the people who come in are families that need a computer - having a kid or trying to get a job or trying to take advantage of the fact that things are cheaper on the internet usually.

This job has gotten me into lots of different slow-tech things like making fires for the winter. Cat-training has been hot on my list. I'm totally turning into an old dude.

As far as traveling, I try to hit both of the coasts every year. But if you're gonna pay rent somewhere, Columbus is a pretty smart place, because it's cheap. All you need are five anarchists, and you can live for 100 bucks a month.

The first thing you need to know when living with anarchists is get your own refrigerator. It's not really because of the Dumpster diving. You really don't want to share a refrigerator with people who don't clean up after themselves. Plus, they're anarchists. They're just gonna eat all your food and be like, "What? Anarchy."

The comic book figure I most identify with is Deadpool or Cable. Cable is the son of Cyclops, who was infected with the techno-virus as a child and sent into the future as its only hope.

The appeal of playing house shows is that they bring in a lot of kids that just can't afford to go to shows. I know I can afford to go to fewer shows every year, so I can totally relate with people who just want to go to a rock show but don't have an outlet.

My favorite thing about Columbus is all the layers of crazy stories that I associate with physical spaces. Even working in this building. Right out front is where the Anti-Racist Action fests used to be, and those were really massive to me when I was younger.

Captain Learn-a-Lot is my educational metal band, and it's basically a cross between Mr. Rogers and Spawn. There's songs about how literacy will get you into a room with large-breasted women better than anything else can.

My laugh is scandalous. In high school, I had girlfriends who couldn't stand it. It switches around. I don't know what's going on with it. I actually bought the domain name MilesStopLaughing.com because I got to be a joke around Cafe Bourbon Street.