I'm currently a grad student. I work in a cancer biology lab. If you asked me why I wanted to go for a PhD, I'd give an answer in the spirit of George Mallory and said, "because it's there". I've wanted a PhD since high school (yep, I was a hopeless nerd back then, too).
What will I do with it once I get a PhD? No idea. Job prospects? Thinking about my future? Pffffffffffffffft!
Some time back in Arizona I picked up a cat. She's been a great companion, though she comes at the cost of an increase in entropy around my apartment.
I've taken up rock climbing since coming to Madison. I'm even starting to get decent at it! Plus it keeps me reasonably in shape.
More recently I've taken up homebrewing. I love beer! I love the craft brew scene in Madison (I'll be attending Great Taste of the Midwest for the second time this year!). I've never really thought much about homebrewing, but this spring, on a whim, I figured I'd try it out.
Okay, a couple buddies and I figured we'd try it out. Then the other guys kept putting it off, and I got bored, went to the store, and just bought the supplies myself. And since that day, homebrewing has become my new obsession. It's tons of fun, and the results taste great. Plus, it makes my apartment smell fantastic every couple weeks, with wonderful flowery hop aromas! Thankfully, it doesn't take a whole lot of my time, so it's a nice "on the side" hobby.
When I'm neither brewing nor rock climbing, I'm probably geeking out with video games, board games, or D&D (just started a campaign with some friends!). I enjoy going out to pubs just as much as staying in, and I think of myself as pretty easy going. I'm happy doing just about anything.
I care quite a bit about social justice issues and economic progressivism, and I think religion is on average a negative influence on the world. I am a humanist, an atheist, an agnostic, a feminist, a social progressive, a socialist, a cynic, a beer enthusiast, and an evilutionist.