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My self-summary
I’m a budding physicist. On this long trek to getting a doctorate I've learned that no matter how specific I may want to study something I will still need to be a jack of all trades. On top of that I've had a number of different jobs and picked up a number of skills I'd never had sought to learn otherwise. But does that really tell you anything about who I am?
I guess the important part of that is I want to spend the rest of my life discovering the secrets of the universe. I think the solutions to many of our problems will be found in the unexpected places. Mostly because if we knew where to look, we'd already have the answers. And as I've grown up, I've grown more bold. My curiosity gets me in more trouble now than it ever did.

I’m an odd sort of liberal as apparently I’m a bit extreme on some issues on both sides of the isle. Mostly I’m a liberal. I think the government should protect its citizens and make life better for all. But I think freedom is paramount. I’d rather have to worry about a terrorist attack than the government. Enough soap boxing.

I have a love/hate relationship with technology. It is amazing what we can do with something that fits in the palm of your hand. More computing power can be fit into a back pack than the total world had in 1970. But then there is something amazing to just having a pencil and paper, or just a good book. This stuff is around to make life better. And it is just stuff, we don't need it. Yet, that being said, I'm just as much a techno-junkie as the next guy.

I'm supposedly ENFP - "Journalist" But really close to being INFP - "Idealist"

I'm a hopeless romantic. I enjoy drinking a bit at times.

I've been told I'm a bit of a pessimist because I often see difficulties or failings in life. The world needs saving. We face some big troubles right now, but I think I'm an optimist. Knowing the problems means we can change our situation. The world can be saved. I plan to do just that. Or at least go down swinging.
What I’m doing with my life
Currently I'm in graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis. This means I spend a decent amount of time working on campus. Recently I had a very interesting meeting with my adviser where we planned out the next 3 years or so of my life. Broad strokes, yes, but I know I'll be here and what kind of research I'll be focused on. Other than that I'm trying to find out again what to do with myself. I know that sounds strange but I've spent the last 4 years (maybe a bit longer) just doing the school thing. It was fairly all consuming and now I'm making more time for myself.
I’m really good at
I'm still trying to find this out.
The first things people usually notice about me
i have no friggin' clue. Probably that I'm rather on the thin side. Or my sometimes wild hair. But now that i'm in St. Louis I'm noticing a lack of beards and i have one so that might also make me stand out.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I swear, I can never make this list right. Any time I edit it, I always am unhappy with it later. There are too many things I like, and the favorites change by my mood.

a)There are a lot. Here is a small list: Gaiman, Douglas Adams, Asimov, Heinlien, Twain, Tolkeen, Jhonen Vasquez , Buckowski,Philip K. Dick, Frank Herbert, Griffiths, Talyor

b)Again, a long list. Here are a few (in no real order):5th Element, Snatch, When Harry Met Sally, As Good as it Gets, Falling Down, End of Evangelion, Office Space, HHGttG, Amelie, Shawshank Redemption, Empire Strikes Back, Star Trek VI, Highlander, Field of Dreams, The Godfather (parts 1 and 2), Casablanca, Sideways, Lost in Translation, Big Lewbowski, Fight Club, Chasing Amy, Garden State, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

c)everything but [c]rap: McLachlain, DMB, Bach, Queen, Radiohead, Leonard Cohen ,bagpipes and cellos, Dresden Dolls, Tom Waits, Tangos, Jazz

d) Who doesn't like food? Sadly like too many for a favorite. But I really enjoy how versatile both sandwiches and pizza can be. That probably sounds boring.
The six things I could never do without

2)paper and something to scribble stuff down with

3)a warm bed at night [this isn't just sleep, but i need a place to truly be comfortable at night, even though i'll fall asleep almost anywhere if i get bored]

4)something new to see, hear or do. Even though i can entertain myself pretty well i crave newness

5)a quiet place to call my own. I just need time alone from everything and everyone sometimes. Not usually for a lot of time but sometimes you just have to get away.

6)music. May have mentioned this one somewhere in the list but i deserves to be repeated. Kurt Vonnegut said he wants on his headstone: all the proof i ever needed of god's existence was music. i agree
I spend a lot of time thinking about
what should I really be focusing on?
what am i doing here?
where did my pants go?
what is really important to me?
what should I eat? (that one comes up a lot)
how i do i end this poem?
On a typical Friday night I am
Killing ninjas. Long story, but yeah....
They started it.

Actually, if it is during the school year it is one night I've dedicated to anything that isn't studying. This probably means a night out with friends doing something stupid (but fun). Or trying something new.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I fear that some of the choices (not mistakes, choices) I've made may make some of my big dreams impossible due to just how long they delayed my plans. Age may be a big factor later on with things. I don't feel old. And I don't consider myself old yet by any means, but I'm older than I wish I was with where I am in life.
You should message me if
If you want to, if you think you'll be able to understand my ramblings, or just plain bored.
If you know some great places around here that aren't found in a guide book and want to share.
If you want to help me drag my butt out to do some dancing. I enjoy salsa, swing, tango, etc. But it has been a while. And I really want to get back into it. Oh.. to find the right partner to learn Argentine Tango with...
If you know of some open mic night that isn't just music. I write really bad poetry and like to inflict it on strangers on occasion.