Once upon a time I had a bit here talking about political views that I no longer feel are defining features in the landscape of my life, and about 80% of all the messages I got were congratulating me for agreeing with the sender. I don't want to discourage messages by any means, but come on, ladies and dudes, that's a little narcissistic, don't you think? I want to have real conversations, and those don't happen in an echo chamber.
I'd say I'm somewhere between atheist, agnostic and apatheist, but I'm something of an oddity in those circles as I have a deep and enduring respect for (and interest in!) faith. I'm excited by (rather than scared of) extropian and transhumanist ideals.
I listen to ridiculous amounts of music, particularly of the adult alternative or new folk variety. I tend to see new movies in the theater*; my favorite genres are science fiction, psychological thriller, suspense, spy movies and adventure. I love most movies with ensemble casts, like Magnolia, Syriana, Crash, Traffic - which all also have the bonus of simplifying complex issues far less than most. I don't read as much as I used to, but when I do, I love Neal Stephenson and Tim Powers.
I've been married for more than ten years; I'm in an open marriage (polyamorous) and I have a boyfriend (six-seven years), as well as a plethora of crushes. My husband and I recently had a child, who has changed our lives nearly daily since conception. Though I've said I'll never turn away love if it happens, my focus belongs to those people with whom I'm already involved. I can't see myself having the time or energy to devote to another romantic interest for awhile, since with the new kid I find myself having to schedule furtive hour-long interludes with people I've known and loved for years and all. So.
(Musical interlude and bathroom break; now entering the New and Improved Expanded Summary!)
For those who care about specifics, within physics, I particularly love optics - might have something to do with my love for photography. Within photography, I focus mainly on portraiture. I write poetry and fiction, and have come to terms with the fact that there is no categorical imperative for me to be either emo or goth (notice lack of bracketing on those) to write the former.
If roleplaying is what caught your eye, you might be able to find me on a World of Darkness MUSH (that's WoD for those who prefer the shorthand); I usually play Mage: the Ascension (or just Mage, if you prefer, but not Mage: the Awakening). I've been branching out a bit recently, playing Mortal+ and Changeling: the Dreaming (or just Changeling), and in the past I've also run or played Vampire: the Masquerade (no linky, as I don't care for it much) and straight-up mortal new World of Darkness (also known as nWoD, World of Darkness 2.0 or WoD 2.0). Changeling: the Lost is simply fantastic, and I would like to find people to play it with locally. I think Werewolf: the Forsaken is a vast improvement over Werewolf: the Apocalypse (though I still love the latter, done right). I also thought Vampire: the Requiem was mostly an improvement over V:tM, but I don't feel strongly enough about it to bracket. New Mage made me cry. It may have, in fact, stolen my childhood. I don't care for D&D.
I knit and (more generally) craft.
Also: I'm disappointed in the language ratings on this thing. I speak English fluently, Hindi ok, French and Spanish ok, and Russian hardly-at-all anymore. This corresponds to growing up speaking it, foreign exchange in a country speaking it, two years in high school, 4 semesters in college, and one semester in college, respectively, followed by years of disuse. I apparently need to design a character sheet for inclusion on this site.
I am autodidactic, iconoclastic, and optimistic, and those are some of my favorite things about me.