26 San Mateo, CA
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My self-summary
I recently moved to the Bay Area from New York about a year ago - looking for any and all chances to meet new people. I like going on adventures (hikes, unexpected trips, urban exploring), learning new things (particularly in the Earth and Space sciences), and not taking myself too seriously.

My sense of humor varies from sophisticated to inane. Usually the latter. If you think this is hilarious: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhLeFVb070s, then we will probably get along.

George Takei once described me as "Tenacious". So I guess that counts for something.

Activities/Interest include...
Swing dancing/Lindy Hop
Collecting/listening to vinyl records
Astronomy & Stargazing
Going on hikes & camping
Playing music (poorly)
Science Fiction
TV & Film
Travel (I really want to go to Antarctica someday)

I named my car Peter Sagel.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm currently a software engineer.

My background is in geophysics and I'd like to get more involved in earthquake seismology research and applications. I'm also passionate about astronomy and science education.
I’m really good at
Geography. I've spent lots of time looking at google maps and wikipedia entries on the places I find. Did you know that a significant chunk of France is in South America? French Guiana - People who live there are citizens of the EU, despite living on the wrong continent.

Also 3D Puzzles. I'm total boss at those.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
A Brief History of Time, Fabric of The Cosmos, Dune, Sherlock Holmes, Ender's Game, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Red Mars trilogy, The Martian. Kurt Vonnegut, Issac Asimov, George Orwell, Shakespeare, Douglas Adams

Monty Python Films, Back To The Future, Help!, The Day The Earth Stood Still (The 1950s one), Star Wars Trilogy, 2001, The Man From Earth. Generally SciFi & Comedies, and occasionally Action/Dramas.

Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek (TNG + DS9 rock!), Arrested Development, Adventure Time, Community, The West Wing, Babylon 5, Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, Fry & Laurie, Top Gear.

Jazz, Classic Rock, Indie & Folk Rock, Electronica, Also lots of NPR (not really music but whatever)

I Particularly enjoy:
The Cat Empire, Tally Hall, The Beatles, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, The Decemberists, Neutral Milk Hotel, Deadmau5, I'm going to stop now before this list is 100 bands long
The six things I could never do without
1. Obligatory mention of Food/Shelter/Water/Oxygen/Stellar Fusion/Electro-Weak Force/Gravity/Strong Nuclear Force/etc...
2. Social Interaction
3. Music
4. Tea (Earl Gray, Hot)
5. Internet Access
6. Aglets
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Planning road trips to obscure places, like Lac Manicouagan.

Having a huge dance party on the moon inside a giant bio-dome the size of Tycho Crater.... You know you want to.

Also how awesome it would be to have my own private Aircraft Carrier. I almost bought one once, but was about 7 million dollars short.

If anyone has ever been more happy than this guy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lutNECOZFw
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I can't tell the difference between 1% and 2% milk and I'm pretty sure that everyone else is just crazy for insisting that there is one.
You should message me if
- You'd like to hang out
- You are interested in science (Read: Enjoy thinking and learning about the universe regardless of college major or how well you did in physics)
- You want to show me some awesome things in the Bay Area. I've only scratched the surface
- There is an interesting looking rock formation in your profile picture that you want me to help identify.