I can tell you that I'm funny, full of energy, good to talk to, outgoing, and interested in all sorts of things one wouldn't think could go together in the same head -- but really none of it would matter, because it all comes down to how we would relate to each other when we meet.
Write me a note. Start a conversation. My friends say I'm an excellent responder.
30% helping university researchers get funding so they can be happy, well-adjusted, fulfilled, successful professors
20% being a happy, well-adjusted, fulfilled, successful adult
(well, at least, working on it)
anything with instructions (IKEA furniture, Photoshop, a Julia Child recipe)
keeping my head in a bad situation
throwing caution to the wind
translation (between languages, cultures, genders, generations, and seemingly incompatible sets of expectations)
My best friend once said "Anyone who spends 15 minutes with you can tell that you are brilliant," but, you know, she's my best friend. . .
TV: Firefly, Breaking Bad, West Wing, Mad Men, Dr. Who, Rescue Me, Ugly Betty, Better Off Ted, Dead Like Me (don't watch TV, but watch shows on Netflix)
Books: anything about cognitive behavioral processes, especially the odd ones (Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat; The Tell-Tale Brain; Thinking Fast and Slow); and I'm a sucker for a good murder mystery
Music: Love all the local indie venues: The Cedar, Aster, Amsterdam, etc. Will listen to almost any genre as long as it is well-crafted, interesting, and doesn't sound mass-produced; grew up with classical and jazz, so that goes without saying
Shows: If it's from a foreign country, has multi-media, crosses genre boundaries, and involves putting actors in extremely unlikely poses in a small black box theater in the back of a warehouse, I'm all over it. But nothing beats watching Shakespeare in London, Brecht in Berlin, and Wagner at the Met.
Internet (until they invent a way to teleport to far-off friends and family)
Music (no, wait, I can get that on the internet . . .)
Something beautiful in my vicinity
The voice of a loved one
How to get my children to eat more vegetables and spend less time on the computer
The cognitive processes behind how people think and behave
How language works
The latest book I'm reading