I've just returned to San Francisco after moving to Baltimore for a
I'm a scientist, which I find really engaging and fulfilling, and
I'm grateful that it's a full-time job too.
I'm pretty serious about good food. I'm a great vegetarian cook
(really, cook who happens to be vegetarian; I've impressed both
vegans and committed carnivores, sometimes at the same time).
I enjoy going out, especially for live music, which pretty much
needs to be part of my life. And dancing.
I travel quite a bit, often for work, but it sometimes lines up
with fun too, most recently in Berlin.
I've been doing a lot of yoga recently.
What I’m doing with my life
Figuring out how living things are made of tiny, molecular
I’m really good at
Abstraction, which serves me better in some things than in others.
The first things people usually notice about me
The long hair, or perhaps the glasses.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
The City and the City. Half-made World. Cloud Atlas. A Visit from
the Goon Squad. The Blind Assassin. Middlesex. Contingency, Irony,
and Solidarity. Midnight's Children. One Hundred Years of Solitude.
Master and Margarita. Herman Hesse's books.
Primer. Amores Perros. City of God. Brick. Lost in Translation. The
Devil's Backbone. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. The Conformist. The
Amanda Palmer / Dresden Dolls. Ladytron. Goth / industrial.
Electronic. Mahler, Shostakovich.
I don't exactly have a favorite--nearly anything can be done well,
and I'm always interested in something new.
The six things I could never do without
Just one thing, non-attachment. And a sense of irony.
On a typical Friday night I am
...deep in some elaborate cooking project. I know people who say
that cooking is much like labwork. I think the difference is that
cooking usually works, even though it's a bit different every time,
but experiments somehow fail even when you're doing everything the
You should message me if
...you want to get together and talk about whatever in the world
currently fascinates you.
…you want to go in search of some flavor of excitement together.