( Note - this profile is well overdue for an overhaul and probably shortening, but just being back from GenCon and just before the Fall semester at IU starts, this may take me a little bit. Stay tuned. )
I am a geologist and a historian, and I just started my second year in the PhD program at Indiana University as part of a Military Geoscience fellowship. I am proud to call myself a male feminist ally and also a LGBTQ ally, and I'm in the process of helping to organize and run awareness campaigns aimed at getting men to understand the problems that those of our gender cause. I am, however, sometimes ashamed to live in a country whose ideals were based on freedom, but is often last in the world to stop discriminating against people who are "different" in the eyes of the "mainstream."
Note to guys who call themselves "nice guys" - if you are only nice because you're trying to "earn" anything from anyone - you are NOT A NICE GUY!
My life has taken many twists and turns, and I've been a little bit of everything - hockey player, photographer, musician, journalist, businessman... and somehow I ended up as an "internationally acclaimed" researcher (there's a newspaper in Israel that still calls me "Dr."). I try to take everything I do seriously, and despite echoes of my past trying to steer me astray, I'm getting my life together and making solid forward progress in my quest to become a Professor in the Earth Sciences.
If I can get the rest of my life settled down, I'm going to try and find the best way for me to get back into "hockey shape" again - I've got a bad right knee and a slightly messed-up left leg that have kept me from being active for years, but this is something I really want to do for myself. Lately I've been walking (and driving more than I'd care to admit) around playing Ingress to this end (as part of the Resistance, of course).
From back when this site required "three word descriptions" - I am a Geologist, a "Gamer" (RPGs and more), and an Overly Punny Geek!