I have made a great deal of changes in the past year and a half. I haven't actually used this site in some time.
I am a smoker, I like being a smoker. I also have a good number of what one may call less than popular (yet quite earnest) beliefs/opinions about society, politics, and a number of things. I associate myself with no political party or group. I can be a bit cynical and have a tendency to question things (not in a conspiracy nut kind of way), the scientist in me will always want to see the evidence rather than take someone’s word for it. That combined with that I prefer to talk about things, understand the other persons point of view and see that mine is also understood (even if we disagree) rather than simply agree to disagree (and avoid the topic) leads some people to find me to be argumentative or a know-it-all. But it is how I am. These things are not apt to change anytime soon. I don't think the goal of relationships should be an attempt to find someone that is 'OK' and try to mold them into what you want. It is to find someone whose idiosyncrasies are fine with you and vice versa. People aren't perfect and they never will be. Sure you can Jerry-rig something for a while, but it won't last. Patience is a virtue and there is no need to settle or to change anyone, or for that matter change for anyone.
Art is a big part of who I am. Though I often wax and wane on science I feel the two go hand in hand. Research science and art are both creative endeavors. That and it never hurts to be able to do your own illustrations. Some people seem to think that is odd, I personally would think that most people could not be one without a little bit of the other. Regardless of what anyone else thinks of what is created I would like to think that we do the things we do to make the world a better place in our own way. More so than for some fleeting financial gain, fame, or other recognition.