36 Mountain View, CA
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My self-summary
I came to the bay area last year to start work at NASA as a postdoc.
I feel really lucky, because grad school was such long, creeping, ceaseless degradation of all that is good–and I was worried that staying in the same field for a postdoc, I was in for more of the same. But everything’s been incredibly good at my new job - - the people, freedom, challenges, travel opportunities...

I’m pretty energetic, and been loving the bottomless rewards of exploring this area –
My favorite things at the moment are the coastal redwood parks, single track biking, indoor rock climbing, and trying out new hole-in-the-wall restaurants. I've been trying out West coast swing and waltz lessons recently.
I’m good at making plans, then goading/wheedling/cajoling others to come along.

I think I value considerateness/empathy above most qualities. I think I’m a good listener, and I think its it’s own reward to see if I can understand the people around me.
What I’m doing with my life
Recently, I've been getting introduced to the world of open water swimming, in preparation for a race from Alcatraz this summer. It sounded like such a good idea 5 months ago! Update: I made it! So it *was* a good idea.

Also trying to reach the hidden corners of wild CA this year - in the the next 2 months, skyline-to-the-sea, Arroyo Seco and Trinity!
The first things people usually notice about me
I seem to pick up "bear" nicknames, for a variety of traits :
"he's like a polar bear" - cold tolerance
"he's like a big teddy bear" - hopefully for sweet amiability, not for cold, dead button eyes
"he's like a grizzly bear" - usually after I lift something heavy or claw my way into a dead log with a beehive in it.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
books: Jurassic Park, LOTR, non-fiction (history, current events, natural sciences), Russian classics, Greek and Latin classics

movies: Eternal Sunshine, Adaptation, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Toto le heroes, Cave Man's Valentine, Batman movies, The Big Lebowski, Zoolander. I can't sit through "action" movies anymore. I end up falling asleep, usually around the climax. Does that happen to anyone else?

tv: Archer, Breaking Bad, The Wire, 30 Rock, Good Eats

music: Tom Waits, Imogen Heap, System of a Down, Captain Beefheart, Sonny Rollins, James Carter
The six things I could never do without
a computer and internet...
functional, clean kitchen
my commuting bicycle
16 oz of coffee per day, but no more ...
The Onion, Daily Show clips
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What were dinosaurs like? What are aliens like? Why do people do bad stuff?
On a typical Friday night I am
Going to the movies or dinner with friends, or packing for a weekend trip.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I teared up a little at the end of Terminator 2. "I order you not to go! I ORDER you not to go!!!"-- John Conner to T-500