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My self-summary
I'm a dual British/American citizen. You can't really tell, except that I say "garage" like "ga-ridge" and "strawberry" like "stror-brie". Well, that and my monocle.

I grew up in California: South Bay, Silicon Valley. So, I'm a geeky/uber-liberal Californian, not a surfing/aspiring actor Californian. This also means that DC weather makes me miserable 6 months out of the year.

I studied international peace and conflict resolution, the softer side of international relations, trying to help people hold hands and sing kumbaya. My specific area of interest is Turkey. At the moment, however, I find myself doing tech stuff for a financial company. C'est la vie.
What I’m doing with my life
Working for the man. I haven't found a way to make the hippy-dippy peacenik stuff I went to school for pay the bills yet.
I’m really good at
-identifying dinosaurs
-using hot glue
-remembering song lyrics
-wearing sweaters
-telling stories
-making fruit smoothies
-bad puns
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Favorite book of all time: The Three Musketeers by Dumas. It has everything. Adventure, swords, hats, damsels, history. It's just too cool. Followed by Milan Kundera's Immortality to class up this list a little.

Favorite movie of all time: Casablanca, followed closely by Aladdin. Both horribly sexist and racist in their own ways... But admitting that is a good first step. Also Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Life is Beautiful, Shaun of the Dead, Cloud Atlas, Boyhood.

Favorite shows of all time: The Wire, Madmen, Battlestar Galactica, TNG, Arrested Development, Fargo.

Favorite music of all time: Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks. I am a little enamored of Jonathan Richman, and Cake is my musical spirit animal. When writing papers I tend to go with Rage Against the Machine.

Favorite food of all time: The "Going Home for Thanksgiving" sandwich from Ike's. Perfect Dutch crunch bread, excessive toppings, sriracha mixed into the cranberry sauce.... Sorry, I'll need a minute here.
The six things I could never do without
In no particular order...

1. National Public Radio

2. Pho Noodle Soup

3. My computer

4. Airplanes- I like to travel, but I'm probably not patient enough for boats.

5. Books

6. Someone to talk to
I spend a lot of time thinking about
When C-3P0 says, "let the Wookiee win," how does that make Chewbacca feel? I'd be kinda pissed. First of all, he has a name. It's Chewbacca. And as a protocol droid trained in 3 million forms of communication, you'd think that 3P0 would at least be polite in galactic basic. But noooo. 3P0 could even address him in his native language! He's got to be trained in it, and his voice is just programmed anyway, it's not like he doesn't have the right vocal chords to say "MRAAAAAAWLGH!" How nice a gesture would that be? How much more welcoming? But instead, he dismisses him as "just a Wookiee." The whole time, he's treated as a second class citizen. And let's not even go into Leia's "walking carpet" slur! WTF is that! She's supposed to be a politician, not some small-minded speciesist! Diplomatic mission my ass.
On a typical Friday night I am
Boardgame/movie night with friends and copious amounts of cheap wine.

or pub trivia.

or, until recently, karaoke. But the local place has tried to clean up its act under new ownership, and is no fun anymore.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've seen Pixar's Up four times. I have cried every time.

I'm not ashamed....
You should message me if
you think pop-culture references can be an art form
you own enough books to build a fort out of them
you consider IPAs to be the pinnacle of beer-technology
you have really strong opinions, but can argue while smiling