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Last online
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5′ 9″ (1.75m)
Body type
Strictly anything
Atheism, but not too serious about it
Virgo, but it doesn’t matter
Working on Ph.D program
Doesn’t have kids, but might want them
Has dogs
English, Spanish (Poorly)
My self-summary
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I prefer good food, drink, and smart company to loud parties or, gods forbid, clubs. Give me a dinner party any day.
What I’m doing with my life
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I was in the middle of a decent career as a computer programmer when I decided I needed to do something about my obsession with politics. I went back to school to get an MA so I could get a job at CFR -- as a data analyst, probably -- and I ended up staying for a PhD and a career in academics. I love the writing, the research, the debating, and the teaching. I don't so much love the perpetual applying for grants and fellowships, but you've got to sacrifice something to pursue a calling.

One terrific side effect of being in this business is that I don't get angry about politics anymore. Unfortunately, it has completely ruined my opinion of most contemporary journalism. I agree that journalism is the first draft of history -- it's just that the best place for most first drafts is the circular file. I say this because a lot of people want to talk politics when they find out what I do, and they end up very frustrated with me because I tend not to get that excited about the latest media-hyped outrage. That said, I also think war correspondence is one of most courageous, important, and romantic jobs on the planet.
I’m really good at
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cooking. I like to find a new recipe and work it into something of my own over the course of many attempts. That, and I like making real breakfast. Cayenne pepper is my special pancake ingredient.

using some handy tech skills to make living just a little bit better (but no plumbing, in-wall wiring, or -- sadly -- carpentry). I really want to learn how to make my own bookshelves. And I wouldn't mind knowing how to change the oil in my car.
The first things people usually notice about me
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Either the beard (slightly reddish) or the eyes (mostly greenish)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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I was completely unprepared for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Tree of Life, Rear Window, The Great Escape, Once, You Can Count on Me, Once, King of Hearts, The Godfather I & II, Days of Heaven, Antonia's Line, many more...

David Copperfield, Jude the Obscure, The Sun Also Rises, American Gods, Moby Dick, Lolita, To the Lighthouse, many more...

Deadwood, Breaking Bad, The Wire, American Horror Story, Taxi, Arrested Development, Top Chef, many more...

Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Madeleine Peyroux, Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, David Byrne, Italian Opera, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Gillian Welch, many more...

Soup dumplings, roast chicken, lasagna, fish curry, I love food. Anything so long as there isn't too much vinegar.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Dog (brought him with me on a 1-month research road trip)
Frying pan
Brain work
Salt (seriously, the nervous system can't function without it).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
The difference between morals and ethics. And propaganda.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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"The West Wing" had a non-zero impact on my decision to study politics.

Also, I've been told that I use honesty as a defense mechanism, so I have to be careful with this one.
You should message me if
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ED: There used to be a Cosby reference here, but it has been removed in light of recently revelations (at least recently revealed to me).

Liking Ayn Rand is a deal-breaker. I don't date adolescents.

And you have to accept that I think Malcolm Gladwell is a tool. If you want to understand tipping points, read Thomas Schelling instead. And TED talks are just the Inside the Actors Studio of this decade.