Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Some years ago -- never mind how long precisely -- I broke the
shackles of my comfort zone and left them on the side of the road
in an ever-extending cloud of dust. I haven't looked back. In
short, my life is great.
Born in the Midwest and lived there long enough to pick up some
manners. A few years down South taught me to cook a proper
breakfast (eggs, biscuits & gravy, and sweet potato home fries)
and make sweet tea. Now, I've been in New England long enough to
know how the CharlieCard got its name, though not long enough to
have deviated much from the Midwestern stereotype (possibly to your
-- #5 is particularly true).
Borderline [E/I]NTJ if that's your thing...
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
Look at your phone. If it says 4G or LTE, you're holding a few
chips that I worked on before escaping from industry. Now I'm
chasing bigger problems with really tiny things (enabling the Smart
Grid and 5G/6G wireless, among other things) in research playland.
I also dabble (and publish) in regenerative medicine for funsies in
spite of not being a biologist. When I'm not trying to save the
world or get the next YouTube phenomenon to your phone that much
faster (let's be honest, is there really that much difference?), I
can generally be found sauntering through the streets of Cambridge
with a cup of coffee, in some kind of boat on the Charles (oars or
sails), or running along its banks.
I also spend some of my time at a small farm-to-bottle craft
distillery that I started with a few friends...
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Being as fun as the orangutans (according to my nieces and
Finding my way around countries where no one speaks English.
Neglecting A2A questions on Quora.
The first things people usually notice about me
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Probably that I'm laughing, wearing a mischievous smirk, or holding
a cup of coffee. Gallup hasn't yet reported the official poll
results, but the "Middle America je ne sais quoi" is apparently
hard to miss...
...and apparently I bear a striking resemblance to Mr. Autumn Man
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Kindle combined with Project Gutenberg has led to a steady diet of
about one book per week... Currently reading Gravity's
Rainbow, interspersed with some Kundera when I feel the need
for something lighter. Recently finished reading On the
Water on a friend's suggestion. Just started reading Strand's
Neuropeptides (thank you, MIT Press dock sale)...
Once upon a time, I was a jazz drummer. A drum set doesn't
particularly lend itself to moving, so now I have a violin...and
plenty of room for improvement. As far as listening is concerned, I
favor jazz (primarily big-band style), classical, bluegrass, and
50's through 80's rock and roll.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
- technical problems to solve
- crayon letters from the nieces and nephews
- breezy summer afternoons spent in the shade of a maple with a
volume of Loeb (green or red)
- swim goggles
- running shoes
- my bicycles
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Scratch the word "about." Sorted.
Also, mathematical beauty in nature... Like this: http://abstrusegoose.com/275
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
a) on a [train/plane/bus/car]
b) dancing (generally Salsa or Swing)
c) hanging around the art world in NYC (apparently this is often
enough that Big Data thinks I live there...)
d) writing research proposals
e) laundering (clothes, not money)
f) prepping for a backpacking trip
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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The people at the blood donation center recognize me when I walk in
My most successful use of this site yielded a journal article that
was cited 8 times last month... OkScience?
I subscribe to The Economist because I love the comic strip. The
articles are gravy.
"Why not?" is my favorite phrase. What follows is almost guaranteed
to become an excellent story... Like the time I took a solo day
trip to Paris on a whim and toured the Louvre thanks to an unmarked
and rather conveniently unlocked side door... I also use this
phrase when colleagues ask: "Can you do this?" That this has
resulted in only two building evacuations is no small miracle...
You should message me if
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You're passionate about life and you can laugh at yourself...or at
least at me. Bonus points if you enjoy team cooking. Also, you've
come to terms with the fact that I will almost certainly take you
You read my profile and thought "This guy seems interesting, but I
don't know if we'd hit it off romantically..." I'm always open to
expanding my social circle to include interesting, happy
You have some insight as to the use of an iPad or similar tablet in
collecting, reading, annotating, and organizing journal articles.
The pile system that I've used for the last decade leaves a lot of
room for improvement...
NB: Since I'm taking the wrong approach to online dating by not
sending mass messages consisting solely of "Hey!" or some generic
copy-paste, you're likely to wait a rather long while for me to
send a message unless you send one first...
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