25 Hawthorn, Australia
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My self-summary
I'm an avid reader, intrepid traveler and ex-pat émigré. Originally hailing from Portland, Oregon, I now find myself in Melbourne doing my PhD and generally enjoying life. I've spoken French from a young age, but I don't have many people to practice with these days. I am a huge fan of brunch, and single malt scotch.

I also love dinosaurs.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm doing my PhD in astrophysics here in Melbourne. I get to go on a lot of trips overseas to conferences and a lot more trips out to telescopes around Australia. I can't say that I have the "big plan" figured out yet, but I'm really enjoying the mental challenge and problem solving brain teasers that work in research afford. When I'm not absorbed in my work I tend to be absorbed in a book. Currently trying to read my way through as many books as possible.
I’m really good at
Fixing technology.

Not coughing during those quiet moments at the symphony (this seems surprisingly difficult to many people).

Cooking broccoli.
The first things people usually notice about me
My laugh! since they probably heard it from a few rooms away before even seeing me... But I guess if I haven't been amusing myself enough to laugh, the first thing would be my smile, since I'm almost always sporting that look.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I have new favorite books every month! But I think my mainstay favorite books are: The Count of Monte Cristo (Dumas), If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (Calvino), Midnight's Children, and Shalimar the Clown (Rushdie). New favorite: A History of the World in Twelve Maps (Brotton).

I unabashedly like crappy action movies a la Fast and Furious, and Transformers, and non-crappy ones like The Avengers and the Nolan Batman Triolgy. I love a good drama, like The Departed. And Tarantino is always good too! I've been recently working my way through the IMDb top 100.

I'm a big fan of classical music and I love going to the symphony, and the opera but a pretty diverse range in more modern music from rock, to bluegrass, to hip-hop.

Favorite TV would have to be... TOP GEAR! Although I also really like Arrested Development, the older years of Saturday Night Live, and recently Game of Thrones.
The six things I could never do without
rainy weather
a book
fine whiskey
open spaces to go for a walk
my work
travel every few months
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What book to read next.

If a tram weighs as much as 30 rhinos, why do the signs only have 25 rhinos?

Probably work. Astronomy is fun to think about.
On a typical Friday night I am
Taking it easy. Maybe out for drinks with some friends, watching a movie in the theatre or at home, or curling up with that book I've been neglecting all week.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am extremely good at quoting from obscure TV shows and internet videos. I may occasionally make SpongeBob SquarePants references even though I am no longer 11 years old.
You should message me if
you like the same cool stuff as me