- Emotionally attentive without being forced or obsequious
- Initiative-taking and pre-emptive when it comes to maintaining the wellbeing of others
- Possessed of a quiet yet firm physicality, frequently giving the impression of protectiveness
- Abiding commitment to social justice in all its forms
- Frequently grows an extra arm out of forehead to rescue adorable kittens from stormwater drains
...actually I'm describing / advertising for my mate, who is tired of this charade and wants to be human for a while. That third arm gag is really taking it out of him lately.
Oh me? Well, I've run out of room, so the other fields will have to suffice.
What I’m doing with my life
Medical research; going to conferences; running twice a week; beers with friends on a Friday. Enjoying happiness where I can find it, but focusing more on just being content.
I’m really good at
Making your dataset sing! (I'm a statistician by trade). I can often also be a valuable asset in a pub trivia team.
The first things people usually notice about me
I would love to answer this question for another person's profile. Answering it myself is pointless, I hope you feel the same way about yours!
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Big, expansive 20th century American Literature e.g. Pynchon, Heller, Kerouac, Salinger, Steinbeck. Lots of nonfiction too, mostly science and politics related
Film: Arthouse tragic. Sydney Film Festival flexipass every year.
TV: News, Media Watch, The Wire, Rage.
Music: Changes constantly. Father John Misty, Destroyer and Unknown Mortal Orchestra are current faves. Swooned over St Vincent and tUnE-yArDs live last year. When in a more sentimental funk I opt for Joni Mitchell or Laura Nyro.
I go to lots of gigs - sometimes with friends and sometimes on my own.
Food: Everything...except I don't drink gin. Hope triumphed over experience a little too often there.
The six things I could never do without
Eh, I'm trying to do this without the hackneyed "family, friends, a
glass of wine and a good book". Maslow's hierarchy of needs had 6
levels, didn't it?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Ehhh this is a big one since I live in my head a lot and am probably more abstract than most...
- The best way to get meaning out of a given set of data
- How the human body is so dynamic
- Why certain people are the way they are
- Why rhetorical arguments and identity politics seem to be so persuasive
Also a bit of a junkie for opinion columns and blogs - even ones I don't agree with. I like to gauge the hivemind and make a decision whether I'm going to hop on that bandwagon or pick holes in it - and it's always just an intellectual exercise rather than "finding my niche".
On a typical Friday night I am
At the pub deconstructing the week with my scientist friends. I maintain we're all just as crazy as anyone in the arts/humanities.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I don't care for anime (or comics in general) but everything about the 1982 Astroboy TV series makes my eyes well, from the opening and closing theme music to Astro's tragic life. Why were pre-1990s children's shows so traumatic?
You should message me if
Strong sense of self and mission in life would be lovely. Possessed of marvel and despair in roughly equal measure. Big pluses are a wry sense of humour, outward-looking attitude and a "It's not about me, it really isn't" philosophy (things that I'd like to think I have too).