There are several kinds of people. For example, there are those who take a big-picture approach, have an overarching goal in life and try to work their way towards it. There are also those who take strides in all sorts of directions from where they are, trying to discover what they like and what they can do. There are probably more. Anyway, I'm almost certainly more the former than the latter.
Am I making any progress? I think so. I don't have grounds for complaints in the big picture, career-wise, in terms of friends, experiences or environment. In terms of relationships - I know what I like, what meshes well with me and am seriously looking.
Last summer, I had the first opportunity to experience down-under (not that down-under... what are you thinking?), Melbourne, Australia. I give a lot of talks about a rather unusual subject with a lot of social, technical, humanistic issues. So, I'm pretty used to having to explain myself over and over, and slowly getting into the meat of things.
One awesome surprise for me was the amount of knowledge and understanding that Australians from all walks of life seem to possess. That was true, even when the talk was given in a free-for-all event at St.Paul's Cathedral. No, not preaching... actually, it's rather surprising how happily the Anglicans invited a core agnostic into their midst ;-). You can see a photo of that event among the pictures.
My creative interests are broad, preceded and became the reason for my dive into science. A fairly new creative activity is composing and performing electronic music (see photo of our recent performance at DNA Lounge).