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Hi, and welcome to my profile. Just like me, it remains a work in
progress, and that will probably continue to be the state of it
for, well, ever.
I'm an astronomer, and have wanted to be one since I was younger
than I can remember. No idea why that appealed to me at such a
young age...apparently I got a hold of a science book and it
captivated me somehow. I spent the next years jumping through the
hoops at school (while also playing baseball and being the swim
team captain), all the while angling to get to grad school and
onwards to the PhD degree necessary to get into the field. I had
plenty of fun along the way, but I'm one of those people who knew
what they wanted all along and stayed dedicated enough to drive and
After all the schooling was done, I landed a real job as an
astronomer in Pasadena...and while that is invigorating and
fulfilling, it's nice to share life outside of that. I have plenty
of friends that I hang out with on a regular basis, but it's nice
to have someone to share things with much more closely (as you know
since you're probably interested in the same thing or else you
wouldn't be on this site). I tend to be pretty easy to get along
with, and I like meeting new people and seeing what they have to
say about the world and how they live their lives in it. So, I see
this as another opportunity to meet people, and if something more
permanent comes of it then that's just a bonus.
What I’m doing with my life
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At the moment, I spend my days writing software for a robotic
astronomical instrument that will remove atmospheric
distortions...removing that gives a clearer picture of objects in
space. That's why the Hubble telescope is in space, to get above
the atmosphere and its affect on astronomical images.
This, of course, means that I have the least romantic job on the
planet...those "atmospheric distortions" are what cause stars to
twinkle. :) I try to atone for this whenever I am given the
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Figuring things out, whether it's solving a problem at work or
making my car work better, I'm really good at analyzing a situation
and taking action. That doesn't mean I always take the right
action, but for the most part I leave things better than I found
I'm also really good at being out of sync on fashion trends, so I
finally just gave up and decided to wear whatever makes me feel
comfortable. No, I won't show up on a first date in sweat pants,
but metrosexual is never going to be a word that describes
Bad puns and jokes...like, so bad that you cringe while
I also go with the flow really well...I just adapt to whatever
situation I get tossed into and go with it.
The first things people usually notice about me
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I'm a quiet, reserved person, but smart and quick witted. Those are
usually the first impressions that I give...but, feel free to share
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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I like to read, a lot...I own around 800 books. Mostly sci-fi and
history, but I like lots of other stuff as well, just as long as
it's interesting and intelligent
Movies, I like a variety, from sci-fi to dramas to comedies. Anime
is usually cool, as long as it doesn't get so strange that it no
longer has a plot. Art films can usually be fun with the same
TV, I don't watch all that much, so I limit to things that are
smart, fun or have something to say that I think is
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tastes, it's a great mix of all kinds of styles.
Food, I tend towards the more straightforward stuff, not super
adventurous but I've never been anywhere that I couldn't find
something on the menu to enjoy. I should work on cooking more, when
I bother it usually turns out good but I don't put that much effort
into it just for myself.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Honesty and integrity.
Hmmm, actually, after that all the things that pop to mind are
conveniences to make me comfortable. But, when it comes to my
interactions with other people, as long as I have those two things
I'm in pretty good shape. I may fill out the same list as everyone
else eventually, but I've found that I can live without most of
those things for a while if it comes down to it.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
I'm a research scientist, so I'm always thinking about something.
Science, obviously, and not just astronomy, but lots of science
things in other branches of science. Politics, why people do what
they do, cars. I just think a lot about a lot.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
It varies...working, out with friends, a movie, at home relaxing,
reading or surfing the internet.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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That what I'm willing to share depends on how well I know you...and
that I'm not going to put anything like that on the internet.
You should message me if
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If any of this sounds interesting and you want to take a chance to
learn some more.
Or, if you want to ask me astronomy questions, I don't mind
messages about that either. :)
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