Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I'm a political activist and a science geek. I'm a short term
pessimist and a long term optimist, someone with a wide circle of
friends but difficulty translating that to lovers.
I love inner city Melbourne and have recently developed a passion
for spoken word performance. I'm generous about big things, but can
be pedantic about little ones. I love ideas and knowledge, even
when its pretty trivial (I'm hotly desired as a tablemate at trivia
I want to put this on my page somewhere.
What I’m doing with my life
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Writing about science, and reading about everything. Having a job
that requires you to be on Facebook when you are doing it is
problematic for the easily distracted
I'm trying to save the world, mostly through a combination of
electoral processes and awareness raising having been lucky enough
to recently gain a much larger platform for the latter. Three
months a year I help non-profit organisations with their internal
I'm trying to promote my first book Forensics, Fossils and
Fruitbats: A Field Guide to Australian Scientists (including
on places more promising than a dating site) and considering my
pitch to potential publishers about a second.
I'm also organising rather eccentric fundraisers for a variety of
causes. None of these raise much money, but everyone praises their
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
I hope I'm good at explaining science to non-scientists and
analysing elections because if I'm not I'm both in the wrong career
and have wasted the last 15 years of my life.
Seeing both sides to things. Often too good. I have huge problems
selling myself because I always want to detail the bad with the
good, and this can be true for anything else I'm talking about as
I like to think I'm good at compromise, but maybe everyone thinks
I'm great at baking cakes but not so good at the main course
(that's not a metaphor - I hope).
The first things people usually notice about me
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These days most people notice me first online, in which case it is
probably the science I am writing about.
In person, probably that I know an awful lot about elections and
politics generally and can talk about them for hours.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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in particular, but Ursula Le Guin
, Harry Potter, Terry Pratchett, but these days I read
more non-fiction. Stephen J Gould in particular. Currently reading
The American Age of Unreason and being thoroughly depressed by
, Mary and Max
, The Jane Austen Book
, Local Hero
, Lord of the
Rings: The Two Towers
(wasn't so keen on the other two).
I realised that the only TV I really watch regularly is Gruen
Planet. Not because I don't like TV, but I've missed the start of a
lot of dramas recently, and never caught up enough to get into
them. Looking back nothing approached The West Wing
, but I really liked
United States of Tara
and discovered Buffy
long after the rest of the world.
just to show how long it is since I watched.
Music: Penelope Swales
, Ani diFranco
, Michelle Shocked Monique Brumby
I am male, and straight). Enda Kenny (the singer not the Irish
Prime Minister, Kristina Olsen, After initially not taking to
I am now increasingly in danger of joining the legions
of obsessed fans.
First Dog on the Moon.
I think Emilie Zoey Baker is a genius and want the world to see her
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Err, My central nervous system? (apologies to Kaz Cooke). The
Internet, my telescope, the Single Transferable Voting system,
Chocolate, The Green Party, a bicycle. Hope.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Politics, Science and AFL. How to improve my writing, which will
probably in future include writing profiles like this one.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
If there is a fundraiser for a good cause on there is a high chance
I'll be there, but depressingly if not I may be in front of a
computer screen. I'd like to get back to the time when the answer
was attending live music.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I'm exceptionally bad at telling whether someone is interested in
me or not, which may or may not explain why I've been single most
of my adult life.
You should message me if
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You like what's above. I don't bite and I'll almost certainly be
interested in hearing from you unless you clearly haven't bothered
reading my profile.
You like talking about science, or just hearing tales of why male
suitors could learn more from redback spiders than greater
bowebirds or the possibility that one of the fundamental constants
of the universe is changing.
I'd add that I absolutely swoon for women with serious writing
talent, be it poetry or prose, but it's not a requirement.
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