I am an academic, but in a try to figure everything out, and not a sit and sulk in an ivory tower kind of way. At work, I'm caffeine-fuled science demon, always ready to approach each problem from five different directions. I like to believe that my research helps to save the world. My work ethic and life ethic are the same. Anything worth doing is worth doing properly and with passion.
Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, running, climbing, playing Ultimate (frisbee), and reading. I'm working on upping my mileage as I train for a marathon (Beat the Blerch outside Seattle in September), so that's been replacing most other physical activities. Edit: marathon completed. Next race is another half.
I've spent a fair amount of time in the past playing computer games, but I've found that outside of work, I have little interest in interacting with any computer system more complicated than an iPhone or iPad. Does that make me a post-geek?
I'm mostly vegetarian for sustainability reasons. It's not a strict dietary guideline, but I'll generally only sample meat if it is sustainably produced or the dish is particularly noteworthy. I am a bit of a foodie, and am willing to try anything. I've (not so) recently been getting into vegetarian cooking, and managed to discover the secret to good vegetarian French Onion soup (it's mushroom broth), how to make a decent ale gravy, and that coffee does in fact make everything better. Finally, grilled cheese and curry... great idea, or GREATEST IDEA?!?
I'm a bit of a beer enthusiast and dabble in home brewing. I have a pet coffee tree that I've managed to keep alive for over a year! I hope to, in a couple years, be able to harvest its precious fruit.
Also, did you know that you can just buy lab coats?