I am ambitious, optimistic, and challenging. I'm finishing up my last year doing sort of long-term work in Asia - I'm back for breaks as often as possible. My work place projects include history pedagogy, negotiation strategy, international relations and public policy for high school students, and speech and debate extra-curricular programing.
I love relaxing in the outdoors, mostly NFL for sports, media studies broadly, politics, and trying to do the right thing.
I try to do something new every day, which has lead me to a lot of interesting hobbies, including, but not limited to lifting, salsa dancing, Pan-Asian/American fusion cooking, and learning the ukulele (among a number of more legitimate instruments). While I love doing new things, I also love the familiar (movies, TV, books, power napping, etc).
Specific nonfiction work I like: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Words that Work, Art of War, Ezra Klein, and Paul Krugman.
TV: Mostly, I watch a lot of news shows. Every day, I will watch Rachel Maddow, All In with Chris Hayes, The Daily Show, but sadly, most of the TV I really loved is gone now (The Office, 30 Rock, Parks and Rec, HIMYM, Breaking Bad, Alton Brown, Sam Waterston Law and Order, Burn Notice). Luckily, there is still Robert Irvine, Game of Thrones, Better Call Saul, Arrow, The Flash, Supernatural, American Horror Story, and even another season left of Mad Men. Also, reality shows involving hillbillies, but not ducks.
Movies: Ones that tell good stories. Casablanca, Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, As Good as it Gets, Almost Famous, Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, In a Lonely Place, Tin Cup.
Music: I have an eclectic taste, and can appreciate just about anything in the right context. I relax to the music from when I was a kid (90's alt-rock and pop). I play instruments, so I have an affinity for legitimate music, but especially singers, like Frank Sinatra. I love driving to classic rock. I like experimental stuff that pushes boundaries, like the Deltron 3030 album or most Radiohead stuff when it comes out as something surprising (one of my favorite songs of theirs is Life in a Glass House). I work to trashy techno and mash-up music.
Food: I am open to anything, ranging from fine dining stuff to interesting local/street food. Especially if it is an interesting food experience, I will go for it.
A good skillet and knife for cooking
A quality pair of durable headphones
A fan for white noise and breeze while sleeping
What it means/how to ethically live a good life.
What food to make with the people I enjoy spending time with.
Also, Din Tai Fung's dumpling head is my favorite corporate mascot. Extra points if you draw me a picture of him!