I attend numerous conventions, often as a panelist. I first started speaking on the intersection of anime and physics, looking at how not only did the scenarios not make sense, but to make them work, you might just have to destroy the world. I also have talks that are straight science (such as ones on quantum mechanics, astronomy, and the Fukushima disaster) as well as ones just discussing various media (particularly the cultural contexts and references in Ghibli movies).
I used to cosplay, but I got tired of creepy people so I've mostly given it up. However, thanks to the new Star Wars movie, I've gotten back into that fandom and am currently working on building a working R2-D2.
Last year (2015), one of my New Years Resolutions was to read nothing but fiction for books. I'd had a long spell of reading nothing but hard science and, while interesting, it took most of the fun out of reading for me. So last year I ended up reading several of the recent Hugo winners and found a huge love for Young Adult lit.
My other resolution was to get back into swordfighting in the SCA. Done. My resolution for 2016? Get a new helmet.
I'm a pretty large introvert. Generally don't go to parties unless I know everyone there. Being expected to be social with numerous people I don't know just causes anxiety for me. One person at a time is fine though.
I'm usually better on the weekends and try to do something productive and/or social at least once a week.
Math: For my degree, I'm not actually that great. I'm somewhat dyslexic and when your superscripts and subscripts switch themselves around and your equations rewrite themselves, it's a bitch. But by most people's standards I'm a math genius.
Public Speaking: I've been doing panels at conventions for 9 years with audiences of over 1,000. In high school I had a huge fear of public speaking but forced myself to take theater classes to get over it. My senior year I was on the comedy sports (think "Whose Line Is It Anyway") team for the Drama III class. I now figure that if I can get in front of my fellow high school students who will hate you no matter what and do something I haven't rehearsed, then there's no way I can let myself be scared speaking to a sympathetic/interested audience with something I have.
Daughter of Smoke & Bone Series - Laini Taylor
Demon Haunted World - Carl Sagan
Harry Potter - JK Rowling
Legend Series - Marie Lu
The Lunar Chronicles - Marissa Meyer
The Martian - Andy Weir
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
The Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins
The Lego Movie
Lord of the Rings
Star Wars (some more than others...)
Pretty much everything Ghibli
Agents of Shield
Star Trek (currently on: Voyager)
Natsume's Book of Friends
Polar Bear's Cafe
Spice and Wolf
Sword Art Online
Goo Goo Dolls
3) Free time
4) Good food
6) Did I mention the internet?
- likes (or is at least interested in) conventions
- going somewhere in life (college degree or close to)
- scientifically literate